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Gwyn on: More about Mugwort

As an addendum to the Garden Gems segment on Wheel of the Year: Samhain, I thought I would share a little bit more information on mugwort.

Artemisia vulgaris

Edible parts:
Leaves and roots.

Common Names:
felon herb
naughty man
old uncle henry
wild wormwood
chrysanthemum weed

Health Benefits as a tea: (tastes bitter to most people so you will want to use a sweetener)
Relaxing
Stimulates the digestion
Can be used for relief of headache
Can be used for relief of menstrual cramping
Can be used for relief of diarrhea or constipation (check dosages)

Mugwort is also safe (for most--do a patch test) to be used on the skin in a salve or in a poultice for a variety of purposes as it has anticoagulant and disinfectant properties.

Magickal Uses

Mugwort can be smoked and is said to be easy on the throat. Mildly hallucigenic, it is excellent to use in dreamwork, astral travel, divination and is a safe component to modern flying ointment (although Ode disagrees on the usefulness of such recipes and inclusions). Mugwort branches (assuming you grow some yourself) can be used as kindling in a Sabbat fire and can also be used for lunar magick. Hang a bundle near a front door for protection against negative energy, spirits, etc.

Precautions
Mugwort is not to be used by pregnant or lactating women.

Artemisia plants contain liver toxins that may build up if used in excess. If you use them regularly, take periodic breaks of at least a week. Don’t give them to young children or pets.

Do not ingest mugwort essential oil. An overdose can cause liver damage.

Mugwort produces pollen which may aggravate seasonal allergies. Not an issue if you plan to burn it or brew it in water but consider allergies if planning to use the herb in a dream pillow.

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