The Healing Goodness of Mugwort


History & Tradition

Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) has a long history of use and tradition. Did you know that it was used to flavor beer before hops were widely used? Anglo Saxon tribes once believed that it was one of the nine sacred herbs that blessed the Earth by the God Woden. Some of the magic in mugwort is in its ability to induce prophetic and vivid dreams when the herb is placed near the bed or under the sleeper's pillow. You can also drink with an infusion of honey before you set out on an divination or spell work. In Pagan ceremony, a garland or belt of mugwort is worn while dancing around the fire during summer solstice celebrations. The herb is then thrown into the fire to ensure continued protection throughout the coming year.

Mugwort is a tall and hardy European native with stout, angular, slightly hairy stems tinged with a purple hue. You can find it growing wild in the USA, amongst stream and embankments in North Carolina and Virginia. It is considered an alien or noxious weed.

General Uses

The leaf and stems of Mugwort are used medicinally. They stimulate blood circulation to the pelvis and uterus which is known to bring on periods and help to regulate them, it is also used to ease the transition into menopause. Mugwort tea helps alleviate diarrhea, constipation and other stomach ailments, it also stimulates bile production. Mugwort acts as a bitter digestive tonic, uterine stimulant, nervine, menstrual regulator, and antirheumatic. The volatile oil of mugwort includes thujone, linalool, borneol, pinene, and other constituents. The herb also contains hydroxy-coumarins, lipohilic flavonoids, vulgarin, and triterpenes. Mugwort is packed full of antioxidants and vitamin E. Antifungal, antibacterial, and anti inflammatory.

You can find Mugwort in our Yoni Menstrual Tea & Steam along with plenty of other nourishing and healing herbs such as chamomile, lavender, & raspberry leaf. Perfect for when you are getting ready to start your cycle. 

Have a blessed day! A friend to you, A friend to earth

~Cara

 

Sources: www.encyclopedia.com/medicine/drugs/pharmacology/mugwort