Mugwort

Formal name

Artemisia vulgaris

Other names

Artemis herb; Artemisia; Felon's herb; Muggons; Naughty man; Old man; Old Uncle Henry; Sailor's tobacco; St. John's plant

Description

An aromatic, erect herb with grayish-green toothed leaves and short sprays or spikes of tiny greenish flowers.

Part used

herb

Caution

avoid during pregnancy; don't use the tincture for more than 10 days, up to several times a year; the tea is safer to use long-term

Dosage

1 cup 2-3 x daily; 20-30 drops 2-3x daily

Health benefits

bile-promoting herb used as digestive tonic, aids in digestion of fatty or protein foods; aids in mild indigestion; used after influenza to promote appetite and restore energy; useful for amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea; fresh juice externally applied for poison oak; used in moxibustion to increase blood circulation and relieve pain.

CategoryCorrespondences
Body systemsblood, digestive, liver
DeityDiana, Artemis
GenderFeminine
Herb actioncholagogue, emmenagogue
Herb categoryspecific
Herbal energycool
Herbal preparationinfusion, tincture
Herbal tasteacrid, aromatic, bitter
Magical powersastral projection, healing, prophetic dreams, protection, psychic powers, strength
Path13
PlanetVenus