Materia Medica – Artemisia vulgaris - L.
When you hear the word mugwort, you may think of an ingredient that would be added to a potion brewing away in a cauldron. Besides the medicinal uses of it, people still use it in a spiritual or magical fashion by smoking the herb or drinking it as a tea to induce lucid dreams or astral projection. The herb is linked to the goddess Artemis as she was the protector of women, children and those in childbirth. It is also associated to the god Thor as he wore a belt of wound mugwort which was said to protect him and refresh his tired legs on journeys.
Botanical (Latin) Name: Artemisia vulgaris - L.
Common Name: Mugwort
Family: Asteraceae or Compositae
Parts Used: Flowers, leaves, roots
Native Region: Europe, Africa and temperate Asia
Botanical Description: A perennial herb which can grow up to 4’ by 2’4”. It has small flowers clusters that bloom from July to September and are reddish brown or yellow with a hint of green. The leaves are dark green and smooth with the underside being covered in dense white plant hairs.
Uses: Good for the digestive tract and its functions; helps to treat parasitic infections; helps to regulate irregular or suppressed menstruation.
Actions: Abortifacient, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, antiemetic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cholagogue, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, haemostatic, nervine, purgative, stimulant, sudorific, tonic.
Preparations: Tea, extract, tincture, poultice; used in food and beverages.
Taste: Aromatic, spicy and bitter
Safety: Not recommended for pregnant or nursing women; may be poisonous in large doses; may cause dermatitis with skin contact on some people. May cause an allergic reaction to those with allergies to the following groups:
- Asteraceae/Compositae plant family
- Birch, celery, or wild carrot
- White mustard, honey, royal jelly, hazelnut, olive, latex, peach, kiwi, the Micronesian nut called Nangai, and other plants from the genus Artemisia, including sage
Contraindications (Plant-Medication Combinations): There are no known plant-medication interactions at present.
Until next time, discover the power of welcoming nature’s healing plants into your life.
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