Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)

Mugwort has been used traditionally for joint pain, calming the nervous system, treating digestive disorders, as a diuretic, and externally as an insect repellant and for itch relief.

Mugwort is used medicinally in both dry herb and tincture form.  It can also be smoked and is often burned for smudging, either alone of blended with other herbs.  It’s use is documented back thousands of years ago, with references to topical uses from ancient Rome.

Today, mugwort is used as an emmenagogue (to promote regular menstrual cycles in women).  It is given to women who are suffering with irregular or absent menstrual cycles to help encourage them to restart naturally.  This is accomplished by promoting healthy blood flow to the uterus which allows for a healthy monthly menses.

Mugwort is a bitter, which stimulates digestion by encouraging production of gastric juices.  People suffering from poor digestion may have poor absorption of critical vitamins and minerals, constipation, stomach aches, flatulence, and cramping.  Simultaneously, mugwort helps to calm the nervous system and relieve mild anxiety.

Topically, mugwort is used as an insect repellant.  It is an antibacterial and antifungal, which makes it useful s part of many skin salves or creams that target itching or mild skin irritation.  It’s also used as a treatment for poison oak, to a lesser degree.

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