Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris (part of the daisy family), has long been used for cleansing our divination tools and has a deep history as being a magical herb (it is one of the Anglo-Saxon Nine Herbs Charm). But did you know she has medicinal properties as well? True, Mugwort oil contains thujone, which is toxic in large amounts, but it has been used for centuries in Asia, one in particular South Korea where it is called ssuk and is a staple ingredient in many dishes including rice cakes and soups. It has been used as a topical anesthetic with antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. And fresh, crushed Mugwort leaves applied to the skin relieves burning, itching and pain and, with continued application, can help get rid of warts. It has even been used to flavor beer before the introduction (sometimes instead of) hops. Mugwort is sacred to the Goddess Artemis, who gives comfort or death to women in labor, as well as Hecate the patron of herbalists and midwives as it is associated with the moon and the cycles of womanhood. Used mostly for protection in herbal workings, it can be smoked to enhance astral projection, lucid dreaming or other states of altered consciousness. It can be used in dream pillows to help with lucid dreaming and a sachet can be use for protection during travel. It can be used to smudge for protection as well as hung over doors for keep unwanted energies out.

***I am not a medical doctor and I am not giving medical advice.  As with ALL herbs, please use with caution and with Mugwort, it you get seasonal allergies, it might trigger or aggravate them. Do your research and please…..Use with caution!***

Stacy Hill

~ by SironaRose on January 27, 2016.

One Response to “Mugwort”

  1. I must confess I tried it in tea and it tasted horrible. 🙂

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