Mugwort has been recognized in the annals of herbal medicine even in the days of old. The mugwort has long been considered antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, diuretic and haemostatic.
Mugwort is a perennial herb, a shrubby plant found mostly in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Also known as artemisa vulgaris, Mugwort can typically be seen growing on waysides and hedgebanks, and on waste land.
Mugwort normally reaches 3 feet or more in height. It has purplish stems that grow on an angle and has dark green leaves. It has small green-yellow flowers with spikes and has a cottony appearance. Mugwort blooms from July to October.
In the folklore of Native Americans, mugwort leaves were rubbed all over the body to keep ghosts away and to prevent from dreaming of the dead. Mugwort is popularly mixed with other herbs to create so-called ‘dream pillows’ for the invocation of dreams.
Mugwort has more than 100 components, including essential oil that contains camphor, flavonoids, tannins and linalool. The flowers of the mugwort contain alpha and beta carotene, as well as beta-sitosterol.
To release the medicinal properties of the herb, mugwort tea may be made by steeping 1 teaspoon of the dried mugwort flower in about a cup of boiling water. Mugwort tea is recommended to be taken in mouthful doses throughout the day. Pregnant women should avoid taking mugwort or mugwort tea.
The following are the healthy benefits attributed to this herb tea:
- Enhances digestion by stimulating the secretion of gastric juices.
- May relieve flatulence and bloating.
- May help intestinal worms.
- May help combat asthma.
- May help clean toxins from the blood.
- May help complement treatments on diseases of the brain.