This unique herb has a long, entwined history with humankind. Its mild hallucinogenic properties have entranced people for centuries, leading it to be heavily used in rituals and spiritual endeavors. On a medicinal level, mugwort is similar to cannabis in the sense that it has a wide range of benefits. This special herb has been used to treat cardiovascular problems, fever, cold/cough, intestinal parasites, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, chronic pain, digestive issues, nervous problems, asthma, menstrual problems, and even brain disease. When smoked, mugwort relaxes the body and is known to enhance and improve recollection of dreams. It's light and fluffy, like mullein, which makes it a great base for an herbal smoking blend.
What is mugwort? Mugwort is a 3-4 foot tall aromatic plant with angular, purplish, grooved stem. The leaves are dark green on top and pale green with downy hairs on the bottom. Flowers are button-like and yellowish-brown.A member of the daisy family, mugwort, or Artemisia vulgaris, is native to Asia and Europe. It can reach up to 6 feet in height and has yellow or reddish-brown flowers in the summer. Its leaves have a silvery fuzz on their underside and it has a sage-like smell and slightly bitter taste.
In the past, mugwort was revered. Roman soldiers put mugwort in their sandals before marching to ward off fatigue. It was also thought to protect people from wild animals and evil spirits. People placed it under their pillows to induce vivid dreams and planted it around their houses and gardens to repel moths.
Mugwort can also be used to stimulate a women’s menstrual cycle. It can bring on delayed menstruation and in the past was used to induce abortions. Pregnant and breast-feeding women are advised to avoid the herb because of this potential risk.
In European and American herbal practices, mugwort is used to treat stomach and intestinal problems such as:
It’s also used to ease:
- nerve problems