Artemisia of the Week- Mugwort



Species: Artemisia vulgaris

Common names: Mugwort, Common Mugwort, Motherwort, Old Woman (Aldy Fraw), Felon Herb

History/Folklore: Believed to be the first of the nine sacred herbs given to the world by Odin as an antidote for poison and to heal infections, Mugwort is an ancient herb referenced throughout history. It has been mentioned in Chinese poetry prior to 3 BC and utilized in Ancient Egypt and Greece. Mugwort has had a wide array of uses, both medicinally and magically throughout the ages.

Mugwort has been called the “mother of herbs” mainly due to its use in the treating female reproductive disorders. It has been used in Ayurvedic practices, Chinese medicine and European herbalism to help regulate menses. Brewed in a tea it has also been used to aid in digestion and relief of gas.

Throughout history, mugwort has been used as protection against evil and psychic attack. Travelers wore sprigs to protect them on their travels. Ancient Romans were said to place mugwort in their sandals to help ease road weary feet. Many cultures burn Mugwort to clear the air of negative energy and to frighten away evil spirits.

Appearance:The leaves are dark green on top with a silvery, downy underside. Reaches a height of 3 to 6 feet. The pale yellow/white or pink flowers are small oval heads on long terminal panicles.

Parts Used: flowering tops and leaves

Collection: Harvest leaves before flowering. Cut flowering tops when in bloom.

Actions:  tonic, emmenagogue, nervine, diuretic, diaphoretic, anti fungal.


Indications: helps normalize menstrual flow, helps reduce stress and anxiety, aids in digestion while reducing gas, expelling of parasitic worms

Contraindications: Avoid during pregnancy.

Cultivation: Perennial to zone 3. Plant 3-4 feet apart. Propagation is by root division or self seeding.

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Zones : 3-10

Plant Type: Perennial, Herb, Shrub

About Airmeith Naturals

Anna has over 25 years of experience working with herbs. She trained as a chef specializing in classical French cuisine. Anna has extensive knowledge of herbs used in cooking, as well as having researched the historic use of culinary herbs & spices. She is a Certified Community Herbalist who has completed multiple apprenticeships and classes with renowned Herbalists along with her own studies. Her concentration is in Western European Herbal Practices. She has attended college for Environmental Science as well as earning her certificate in Massage Therapy and is licensed in the state of Massachusetts. In addition, Anna is a Certified Reiki Master Teacher. Anna lives in Western Massachusetts with her family and has over an acre of gardens to play in. Anna is the herbalist at Airmeith Naturals in Holyoke Massachusetts
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