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Mugwort, or Artemisia Vulgaris, is also occasionally known as Felon Herb, Chrysanthemum Weed, Wild Wormwood, Old Uncle Henry, Sailor's Tobacco, Naughty Man, Old Man or St. John's Plant (not to be confused with St John's Wort).
Mugwort is a common plant in the British isles, its angular, purple stalks growing 3 feet (90 cm) or more in height and bearing dark green leaves with a cottony down underneath.
It is native to temperate Europe, Asia, northern Africa and Alaska and is naturalized in North America.
FOLKLORE / FOOD / FUN FACTS:
--The botanical name is derived from Artemisia, the Greek goddess of the moon, hunt, fertility, and the forests and hills.
--Mugwort is said to have derived its name from having been used to flavor beer before the wide use of hops, and until recent years, it was still used in some parts of the country to flavor the table beer brewed by cottagers.
--It has also been suggested that the name, Mugwort, may be derived not from 'mug,' the drinking vessel, but from moughte (a moth or maggot), because from the days of Dioscorides, the plant has been regarded, in common with Wormwood, as useful in keeping off the attacks of moths.
--The leaves and buds, best picked shortly before the plant flowers in July to September, were used as a bitter flavoring agent to season fat, meat and fish.
-- The dried leaves have been used as tea for centuries, and on the Continent, Mugwort is occasionally employed as an aromatic culinary herb, being one of the green herbs with which geese are often stuffed during roasting.
--Mugwort is protective and has been used from ancient times as a remedy against fatigue and to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals. Roman soldiers put mugwort in their sandals to protect their feet against fatigue.
--Mugwort is one of the nine herbs invoked in the Pagan Anglo-Saxon Nine Herbs Charm, recorded in the 10th century in the Lacnunga.
--In the Middle Ages, the plant was known as Cingulum Sancti Johannis, it being believed that John the Baptist wore a girdle of it in the wilderness. There were many superstitions connected with it: a crown made from its sprays was worn on St. John's Eve to gain security from evil possession, and in Holland and Germany one of its names is St. John's Plant, because of the belief, that if gathered on St. John's Eve it gave protection against diseases and misfortunes.
--Native Americans equate mugwort with witchcraft. They believed that the rubbing of the leaves on the body are said to keep ghosts away, and a necklace of mugwort leaves is said to help protect against dreaming about the dead.
--Popularly mixed with other botanicals to create dream and sleep pillows for the invocation of dreams. Many have reported that if mugwort is used as a tea before bed, or even just sprinkled around your pillow, a person may have lucid dreams that night.
MYSTIC / MAGICK / CRAFT USE:
--Used in spells and rituals, mugwort promotes Protection, Strength, and Health.
--To experience interesting, lucid, and perhaps prophetic dreams, make a mugwort pillow, and sleep on it.
--Good for Astral Projection, Psychic Powers, and Divination.
--Used for Clairvoyance and Scrying. Rub this herb on "Magic Mirrors" and "Crystal balls" to strengthen their powers.
--The Indians used a decoction of the leaves for colds, bronchitis, rheumatism, and fever, and a poultice for wounds. The fresh juice is used to ease the itch of poison oak. To cure a headache, stick a leaf up your nose.
--Bitter mugwort teas stimulate the secretion of gastric juices to speed up digestion and relieve flatulence and bloating. The essential oil is both antibacterial and antifungal, and may be useful against intestinal parasites.
--Mugwort has stimulant and slightly tonic properties, and is of value as a nervine (helps nerves) and emmenagogue (causes menstruation), having also diuretic (helps shed water) and diaphoretic (causing sweats) action.
--Its chief employment is as an emmenagogue, often in combination with Pennyroyal and Southernwood. It is also useful as a diaphoretic in the commencement of cold.
--As a nervine, Mugwort is valued in palsy, fits, epileptic and similar affections, being an old-fashioned popular remedy for epilepsy. A dram of the powdered leaves, given four times a day, is stated to have cured a patient who had been affected with hysterical fits for many years, when all other remedies had failed.
--The juice and an infusion of the herb were given for intermittent fevers and agues. The leaves used to be steeped in baths, to communicate an invigorating property to the water.
--The infusion should be prepared in a covered vessel and measures one OZ. of the herb to one pint of boiling water, and given in 1/2 teaspoonful doses, while warm. The infusion may be taken cold as a tonic, in similar doses, three times daily: it has a bitterish and aromatic taste.
--The downy leaves have also been used in the preparation of Moxas, which the Japanese use to cure rheumatism.
***Internal use not recommended while pregnant. Habitual use may cause nervous problems and liver damage.***
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