Category Archives: Materia medica

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 … Continue reading

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Herb of the Week: Self Heal


Species: Prunella vulgaris Common names: Prunella, All-Heal, Hook-Heal, Touch and Heal, Brunella, Heart of the Earth, Blue Curls History/Folklore: Self-heal’s use has been noted in Chinese medicine as early as 206 BC. It has been used quite commonly in Europe … Continue reading

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Artemisia of the Week – SOUTHERNWOOD


  Species: Artemisia abrotanum Common names: Southernwood, Lad’s Love, Boy’s Love, Old Man’s Beard, Garderobe (clothes protector) History/Folklore: Originating in Spain and Italy it was brought to the UK around 1550. In the US it is mainly used as an … Continue reading

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