Mugwort is another of those herbs that captured the imagination of people during the Middle Ages. It was also used as a part of the ‘Nine Herbs charm’ that was popular with the Anglo-Saxons as a ward for evil spirits and disease. Indigo Herbs has brought to life this great herb by capturing its magical properties in the form of Mugwort Tincture and Mugwort Leaf Tea. Both of these Mugwort products are a great addition to a home’s herbal arsenal.
There are many different genus of Mugwort and two seem to be more popular than others. In Chinese culture they prefer the Artemisia argyi and have been using this genus for centuries as a base in culinary dishes as well as a medicine. Where as in England during the Middle Ages common Mugwort was an herb that was referred to for many ailments both physical and mystical. It was worn for protection, used as a flavouring for meats and used in beer before hops was discovered. Reaching further back, Roman soldiers placed Mugwort in the soles of their sandals with the belief that the herb would beat the fatigue of a long days march. The word Mugwort stems from the old English ‘mucgwyrt’ with the first syllable ‘mucg’ meaning midge. This refers to Mugworts use as an insect repellent stretching far back to before the Roman invasion of Britain.
A member of the daisy family Mugwort is a perennial plant that is native to Europe and Asia and grows as a weed in North America. It has reddish to yellow flowers and can grow up to two meters in height.