Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) medicinal herb is a perennial plant that is native to Europe, Africa and North America. It is now grown in other parts of the world such as China, Japan and Korea. The entire plant may be used as herbal medicine and it is from the Asteraceae family. It is not very common these days but it is still very important in the herbal kingdom.
The name is derived from a German word and placing it in two syllables,
the first syllable "mug" means insect and the second syllable "wort"
means root. Traditionally, it was also used to ward off evil forces,
especially in the Middle Ages. Therefore, in those days, all demonic forces could not tolerate the presence of this herb.
Another history behind this medicinal plant is that it was referred to
as the mother of all herbs because it was believed strongly that it was
the first herb which appeared after the flood in the days of Noah. I believe that this belief is still standing today.
The common names are Felon herb, Sailor's tobacco, St. John's plant and Artemisia vulgaris. The medicinal properties are laxative, diuretic, emmenagogue and diaphoretic. The constituents are thujone, volatile oil, flavonoids, cineole, caryophyllene and tannin.
It is a very good herb for women's conditions, especially when it is combined with flowers from the marigold plant. This combination is effective for the treatment of ailments associated with menstruation and the reproduction system.
It is an excellent herbal remedy for gout, infertility, rheumatism, fevers, stones in the kidney or bladder, inflammation, epilepsy, swellings, diarrhea, cancer, cold, cough, asthma, dysentery, insomnia, headache, body aches, anxiety, nosebleed and flatulence.
It can be used on abscesses, minor cuts and bruises, whitlows,
carbuncles, abscesses and tumors. For all these ailments, make a tea
from this medicinal herb and proceed in bathing all the affected areas.
To make this tea as a wash, steep two tablespoonful of Artemisia
vulgaris to one pint of boiling water and allow to steep for thirty
A cup or two of the tea can alleviate pain in the stomach as well as pain the the bowels. It can be used as a nerve tonic and a tincture made from it may be used to treat tension and back pain. It is also believed by some that a small piece of this medicinal herb placed in a person's shoes will aid that individual to walk or run without feeling exhausted.
As a dosage, steep one teaspoonful of the herb in one cup of boiling water for twenty minutes and then consume mugwort tea.