Mugwort

Artemisia vulgaris

Family: Asteraceae


Medical

Constituents: Volatile oil (thujone, borneol, cineole, pinene), sesquiterpene lactones, flavonoids, coumarins, bitter principlĀ e, tannins.

Milder in function than other Artemisia herbs.

Qualities

Bitter – stimulates digestive juices

Nervine – acts as a mild tonic to the nervous system (may be due to the volatile oils)

Diaphoretic – encourages sweating

Anthelmintic – expel parasitic worms (helminths) and other internal parasites from the body

Choleretic – increases secretion of bile from the liver

Emmenagogue – can help regulate menstruation

Diuretic


Magical

Dreamer’s herb, stimulates the imagination and promotes vivid dreaming. Burn herbs, smoke, use hydrosol or take tea before bed.


My work with this herb

July 2019: Found growing abundantly in Aberdyfi (near Cemetery Beach). Gathered for burning bundles, incense and tea. Gathered from Gasworks Lane (small patch, only took a little) to make a hydrosol.