Mugwort: Artemisa Vulgaris
Other Names: Muggins, Muggert Kail, Fat Hen,
Sailor's Tobacco, Motherwort, Smotherwood, Gallwood, Docko,
Felon Herb, St. John's Herb
Deities: Artemis and Diana
Magickal Properties: Astral projection, Strength,
Protection, Healing, Divination, and Clairvoyance.
In medevil times this herb was called Motherwort.
Witches used and still use mugwort as a medicine. It was believed
that rubbing the leaves over the body pervented hauntings.
Also wearing it around the neck prevented dreaming of ghosts and possession by evil spirits.
It was also used to flavor beer before hops were used.
Used in a dream pillow, it can invoke prophetic dreams.
When steeped in water to make a tea it is used to wash crystal
balls, scrying mirrors and scrying bowls.
Set a few leaves under a crystal ball to enhance visions.
Hang a sprig over doorways or windows to keep evil spirits away.
Growing and Cultivation
Viable seeds are rarely produced in North America.
Mugwort is propagated mainly by rhizomes or the root system.
Once planted it spreads rapidly and is difficult to control. So if
you want this one in your garden and you don't want it to take over,
it's important to have deep sound borders around it.
It can grow up to 6 feet tall and the leaves can be up to 2 to 4 inches long. Mugwort looks alot like chrysanthemum. You can tell the difference by the white or light gray hairs or a whitish downy on the under side of the leaves with the tops being a dark green. It is also similar to ragweed but ragweed lacks the distinctive sent of mugwort. If
planting seeds, plant in fall or early spring. I would advise planting in small flats rather than directly into the soil. This way you can control
them better. Once they start they will grow rapidly, and can be
difficult to control as I stated earlier. When harvesting, cut off a
few sprigs and tie into a bundle and hang to dry in a cool dry
area. As with all leaf harvesting they should be cut off before the
buds of the plant begin to bloom.
Mugwort can be used as a digestive stimulant in cases of
constipation. A compress of the tea can be used to speed the healing
of bruises. It can promote menstration and uterine circulation.
Mugwort tea can be used to promote a calming effect before bedtime
or as an aid for motion sickness. Also used as an alternative for
expelling parasites like intestinal worms. Use as a gargle for a
sore throat. The leaves have an antibacterial action. When made into
a poultice the leaves can be put over small wounds to aid in
healing. Also used as an insect repellent.
WARNING: NOW HEAR THIS!!!
Mugwort is toxic when used in large doses or overa prolonged
period. Never use with children. Prolonged contact with skin over
time may cause irritation. Never use during pregnancy as mugwort
causes uterine contractions, hence, possiable miscarriage. Always
always remember, before starting any herbal supplement, talk to your
1 teaspoon dried mugwort leaves
1 teaspoon dried chamomile flowers
1 teaspoon dried sweet woodruff leaves
Combine all ingredients and add 1 teaspoon of mix
to 1 cup boiling
water. Steep for 10 to 15 min. Strain. Drink hot
before going to bed
or when you just want to relax. May also mix
mugwort with pasion
flower and lobelia instead of chamomile and
woodruff for same
MUGWORT DREAM PILLOW
Combine equal parts of dried mugwort leaves with
chamomile flowers and hops. Mix well. Sew together
a 12X12 inch
piece of light weight cotton fabric, leaving one
end open to add the
mix. Once the mix is added sew the last end
closed. Place near your
pillow when you go to bed.
You May also use this mix in a fragrant potpourri
by adding 1/2 part
orris root to retain the sent.
Try making a wreath or a spray of dried mugwort
flowers. It adds a
lovely sent to any doorway or room.