Also Known As: Cronewort, Common wormwood, wild wormwood, Felon herb, St. John's Plant, Chrysanthemum weed, sailor's tobacco, moxa, Artemis Herb, Naughty Man, Old man, Old Uncle Henry, Muggons
Traditional Use and Health Benefits
Mugwort is known to be a stimulant and tonic. It has a history of use as a nervine, and for centuries has been used in hysteria, epilepsy and nervous conditions. It is a sedative and anti-spasmodic.
It also has a great history of use as an emmenagogue, this means it is a tonic to the womb and can stimulate the contractions of the womb. It has been used to ease a painful period, regulate the menstrual cycle, and also to bring on labour (as well as expel the afterbirth).
It also has a traditional history of use in Chinese medicine. It is used to make Moxas, which are sticks of tightly rolled leaf. They are burnt and the heat is held close to acu-points on the body. It is thought to clear congestion.
Other known uses:
Mugwort has a anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial action, it is known to be good for Digestive disorders, stomach pain & bowel complaints. It is also anti-parasitic in action, and is good for treating tapeworm, roundworm and thread worm.
Mugwort leaves can be made into a tea by infusing the leaves in boiling water for 10 minutes.
Tea: Use 1-3 teaspoon of the leaves to 1 cup of boiling water. Infuse for 10-15 minutes then strain. Drink up to 3 times per day.
Tincture: 2-4ml up to twice daily.
Folklore and History
Mugwort is the cousin of wormwood, but with slightly different chemical constituents.
Mugwort has an ancient history of use. This plant has been right across the ancient world, from the Americas to China.
It was used to flavour beer before Hops, giving it its name sake. (Wort meaning plant) It was noted as being used in Roman times, with the soldiers using it as a foot salve in their sandals to keep their feet from getting tired.
The plant has connections to John the Baptist, as plants were gathered in Europe on St Johns Eve. Mugwort was also thought to be sacred to the Greek Goddess Artemis, the Roman Goddess Diana, and the Greek Goddess of herbalist’s and Midwife’s Hecate.
A Welsh tradition had women in labour tie Mugwort to the left thigh. However this was taken very seriously as it had to be removed immediately after delivery at risk of hemorrhage.
It was native American tradition to burn Mugwort along with sage to smudge a sacred space before a ceremony.In the magical tradition of witchcraft Mugwort was used to enhance astral projection, lucid dreaming & altered states of consciousness.
Essential oil containing 1,8-cineole, camphor, linalool, or thujone. Flowers contain: beta-sitosterol, courmarins, and alpha-and beta-carotene.
Not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.