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Mugwort

By Tephyr

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Botanical name: Artemisia vulgaris

Common names: Mugwort, Moxa, Traveler’s Herb, Artemis Herb, Felon Herb, Muggons, Old Man, Sailor’s Tobacco. Cingulum Sancti Johannis aka St. John’s plant (NOT St. Johnswort).

Habitat and growing conditions: Grows almost everywhere around the world. If you look as you travel Mugwort is everywhere around us here in the Northeast, USA. She grows in all the waste places through out our cities and particularly along all the roadways. I don’t believe this is an accident. For two reasons: The first being Mugwort protects the traveler and so she hugs our road ways, watching out for us. The second: In these times of rushing around and living totally in the physical experience, Human Kind has never needed the gifts of Mugwort more. We need her gifts of Dreaming to bring us into the Spirit Realm and teach us to live in balance in both the Spirit and the Physical.

Conversely she will bring those lost in the Spirit world back into the Physical. This  also means that Mugwort will help those of us who are considered "spacey" to become more "grounded" as well. 

Can be intrusive in a garden. Grows up to 8 feet in The Garden. Look for it that tall as well as low as 18" in city lots and road sides.

Harvesting:

Drying:

Can be dried for either medicinal, metaphysical, culinary or ornamental purposes.

Parts used:

Medicinal: leaves. Ornamental: leaves and flowers. Metaphysical: leaves and flowers. (if you are consuming use the leaves only). Culinary: leaves.

Properties: Chologogue, vermifuge, emmenagogue, hemostatic, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, mild narcotic, bitter narcotic. Woman’s Moon and a Dream Herb.

Body Systems affected: Spleen, kidney, liver.

Dosage:

Metaphysical: Tea or tincture twice daily to enhance your psychic abilities. (see below for amounts)

Medicinal: One teaspoon per cup for infusion. 5 – 20 drops tincture.

Mugwort can also be smoked for either medicinal or metaphysical purposes.

Chemical Constituents: Thujone, cineole. A volatile oil. Acrid resin and tannin.

Flower Essence: Artemisia douglasiana, a close relative of Artemisia vulgaris is used. Used for clarity in dream work. Helps us to interpret our dreams and merge the knowledge and insights gained in dreams and any spiritual/magickal work into our every day lives. Helps to regulate menstrual cycles in time with the Moon. Add to massage oil and worked into the womb area to ease childbirth and menstrual problems.

Homeopathic: Artemisia vulgaris. Epilepsy, petit mal, hysteria, over excitement and fright, sleepwalking, some types of dizziness. Irregular, painful or scanty menses. Prolapsed uterus. To prevent miscarriage with severe cramping.

Metaphysical Uses:

This is one of my favorite metaphysical herbs. I grow a hedge of it in The Garden between the main garden and the rose arbors. (alas; this part of The Garden no long exists due to my inability to keep up with the work. It will be restored. Good news is the Mugwort and others are still in there; just gone wild)

Mugwort is most famous for it’s use as a "Dream" herb. It is known to enhance dreaming, both in sleep and in Shamanic Journeying, Hedge Riding and other trance work.

It is said to enhance whatever level of dreaming one is developed in. For example, if one can not remember one’s dreams, Mugwort will enhance and help the individual to develop this. If one is at the next level of dreaming, cognitive dreaming: (being aware one is dreaming and being able to "manipulate" the dream at will) Mugwort will enhance this.

The final level is precognitive dreaming; dreaming of future events.

No matter what level one is dreaming Mugwort will help you to develop your abilities. But beware, for until you become proficient your dreams may, at first, be difficult to deal with. Don’t be discouraged; practice makes perfect. If you desire you might study under an experienced Dreamer or Shaman. Keeping a journal would be advantageous.

I have heard people say that their dreams become "techni-colored" after taking Mugwort.

Mugwort is also used as a Warding herb (to repel/banish) negative energies, entities/spirits, wild beasts, weariness.

Mugwort in your shoes will help keep your strength up in long walks and generally protect you during a journey (hence the name Traveler’s herb).

Used for smudging and incense in the same manner as the other Artemisia and Salvias. Burn near your bed before sleep for protection and dream enhancement. A good herb for clearing negativity from the home.

It is my feeling that when used as a smudge during house clearing it leaves a bit of "Magical" energy behind. I believe it will bring Magic closer into your lifestyle when used this way. I believe every act we perform is on some level, a Magical one and so Mugwort enhances this. Whether you’re doing actual Ritual Magic or Mundane Magic (cooking, washing dishes, etc.), burning Mugwort nearby or before starting will heighten your work.

Misc.;

Though Cunningham refers to her as an Earth energy plant she is known as a Moon plant also in regards to her sacredness to Artemis (Dianna) who is a Moon Goddess. Also from her assistance in woman’s Menstrual/Moon cycles. Gladstar recommends it as a Dream Herb during a woman’s Moon Time. Mugwort is also ruled by Venus

Medicinal Uses: An excellent nervine. Used for insomnia and nervousness.

Kills parasitic worms internally.

Mugwort is considered feminine in nature and has been linked through out history has been used as remedy for women’s health. It is an emmenagogue; promotes suppressed menses. Drink before and after the full moon and wear red (Gladstar). Useful for young women just starting menses.

Believed to increase fertility.

Used for moxabustion in Chinese Medicine.

Used in treatment of liver disorders and as a digestive aid (digestive bitter). Drink infusion before and/or after eating to promote digestion.

Promotes sweating. Which can be a benefit when intentionally sweating out an illness; a very old healing technique when one first feels the effects of an illness.

Strong infusion can be used in a bath for an invigorating bath or one before Ritual or Dreaming.

Culinary: One of the first herbs to be used to brew beers. Dried leaves only. Apparently fresh leaves  make a horrible tasting beer.

Cautions: Do not use if pregnant.

Though no miscarriage have ever been reported due to it’s use and in TCM and Homeopathy it is used to prevent miscarriage. Though it is a good rule of thumb to avoid all herbs that are emmenagogue in general when pregnant.

Bibliography:

The Way of Herbs Michael Tierra

A Wiccan Herbal Marie Rodway

Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs Scott Cunningham

The Master Book of Herbalism Rev. Paul Beyerl

A Druid’s Herbal Ellen Evert Hopman

Herbal Healing for Woman Rosemary Gladstar

A Modern Herbal Mrs. M. Grieve F.R.H.S

Flower Power Anne McIntyre

For educational information only. No parts of this document are to be taken as diagnosis or prescription for any illness. See your healthcare practitioner for any personal health concerns.

 

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