Often referred to as Common Wormwood – though known also by a variety of other folk names, including Chrysanthemum Weed, Felon Herb, Naughty Man, Old Man, Old Uncle Henry, Sailor’s Tobacco, St. John’s Plant and Wild Wormwood – Mugwort is a herbaceous perennial plant native to most temperate regions of the northern hemisphere, and is also naturalized in North America.
Traditionally, Mugwort has been used in a variety of ways, some magical, some medicinal, others – including its use as a smoking herb – more recreational.
It has, historically, also been used as a food.
In Medieval times Mugwort was used magically as a protective herb, mostly against evil spirits and wild animals, but also to repel insects.
In earlier days Roman soldiers put Mugwort in their sandals to protect against fatigue.
More conventionally, in herbal medicine, though used to treat a broad range of ailments, Mugwort is primarily used as a remedy for digestive and other stomach problems—gastric upset, acidity, bowel dysfunction, travel sickness, indigestion.
Also to help regulate menstruation and ease menstrual symptoms.
In addition, Mugwort has been used as a remedy for asthma, bronchitis, coughs and colds; colic, depression, epilepsy, fevers, insomnia, kidney problems and even to help lower blood sugar levels.
Mugwort is also considered to be antibacterial and antiseptic, and as a diuretic this multifaceted plant has been used to help support the liver, spleen and kidneys.
Best taken as a tea (see below).
To make a tea: Use 1-2 teaspoons of Earthfare Organic Mugwort to a cup of boiling water and allow to brew for 10-15 minutes before drinking.
For further information on the properties and use of Mugwort we suggest you consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner.