Mugwort

Latin:  Artemisia vulgaris

Family:  Asteraceae

Parts Used:  Leaf

Taste/Energetics:  Bitter, aromatic, warming, drying

Properties:    Anxiolytic, carminative, digestive stiulant, circulatory stimulant, emmenagogue,  diuretic, diaphoretic

Actions:  Mugwort has a long history of use in many cultures.  It has a strong bitter flavor that helps strengthen digestion and improve absorption and assimilation of nutrients.  Mugwort relaxes and calms cramping muscles and has a relaxing effect on the nervous system.   This is a plant that stimulates movement and helps bile and blood to flow and is helpful for those with delayed menstruation.   Mugwort has a long history of use for dream and prophetic work.  Taken at night it can bring lucid dreams and for some is too stimulating because of that.

Dosage:  1-2 ml to 2 x/day.  1-2 tsp.  infused in a cup of hot water to 2 x/day.  In smoking bends.   Excellent as a smudge and used as incense for acupuncture treatment to “warm and move qi”, especially where there is pain and obstruction of the channels.

Contraindications:   Avoid in pregnancy.

Further Reading:  

Moonwort  by Kiva Rose

Mugwort monograph  by Krystal Thompson  (Herb Rally)

The Artemisia genus  by Susun Weed