Latin: Artemisia vulgaris
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.
Moonwort by Kiva Rose
Mugwort monograph by Krystal Thompson (Herb Rally)
The Artemisia genus by Susun Weed