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Author: Pearlmoon

Mugwort: Artemisa Vulgaris

Other Names: Muggins, Muggert Kail, Fat Hen, Sailor's Tobacco, Motherwort, Smotherwood, Gallwood, Docko, Felon Herb, St. John's Herb

Planet: Venus

Element: Earth

Gender: Feminine

Deities: Artemis and Diana

Magickal Properties: Astral projection, Strength, Protection, Healing, Divination, and Clairvoyance.


In medevil times this herb was called Motherwort. Witches used and still use mugwort as a medicine. It was believed that rubbing the leaves over the body pervented hauntings. Also wearing it around the neck prevented dreaming of ghosts and possession by evil spirits. It was also used to flavor beer before hops were used.

Magickal Uses

Used in a dream pillow, it can invoke prophetic dreams. When steeped in water to make a tea it is used to wash crystal balls, scrying mirrors and scrying bowls. Set a few leaves under a crystal ball to inhance visions. Hang a sprig over doorways or windows to keep evil spirits away.

Growing and Cultivation

Viable seeds are rarely produced in North America. Mugwort is propagated mainly by rhizomes or the root system. Once planted it spreads rapidly and is difficult to control. So if you want this one in your garden and you don't want it to take over, it's important to have deep sound borders around it. It can grow up to 6 feet tall and the leaves can be up to 2 to 4 inches long. Mugwort looks alot like chrysanthemum. You can tell the difference by the white or light gray hairs or a whitish downy on the under side of the leaves with the tops being a dark green. It is also similar to ragweed but ragweed lacks the distinctive sent of mugwort. If planting seeds, plant in fall or early spring. I would advise planting in small flats rather than directly into the soil. This way you can control them better. Once they start they will grow rapidly, and can be difficult to control as I stated earlier. When harvesting, cut off a few sprigs and tie into a bundle and hang to dry !
in a cool dry area. As with all leaf harvesting they should be cut off before the buds of the plant begin to bloom.

Medicina Uses

Mugwort can be used as a digestive stimulant in cases of constipation. A compress of the tea can be used to speed the healing of bruises. It can promote menstration and uterine circulation. Mugwort tea can be used to promote a calming effect before bedtime or as an aid for motion sickness. Also used as an alternative for expelling parasites like intestinal worms. Use as a gargle for a sore throat. The leaves have an antibacterial action. When made into a poultice the leaves can be put over small wounds to aid in healing. Also used as an insect repellent.


Mugwort is toxic when used in large doses or over a prolonged period. Never use with children. Prolonged contact with skin over time may cause irritation. Never use during pregnancy as mugwort causes uterine contractions, hence, possiable miscarriage. Always always remember, before starting any herbal supplement, talk to your doctor first.


1 teaspoon dried mugwort leaves

1 teaspoon dried chamomile flowers

1 teaspoon dried sweet woodruff leaves

Combine all ingredients and add 1 teaspoon of mix to 1 cup boiling water. Steep for 10 to 15 min. Strain. Drink hot before going to bed or when you just want to relax.
May also mix mugwort with pasion flower and lobelia instead of chamomile and woodruff for same effect.


Combine equal parts of dried mugwort leaves with lavender flowers, chamomile flowers and hops. Mix well. Sew together a 12X12 inch piece of light weight cotton fabric, leaving one end open to add the mix. Once the mix is added sew the last end closed. Place near your pillow when you go to bed.

You May also use this mix in a fragrant potpourri by adding 1/2 part orris root to retain the sent.

Try making a wreath or a spray of dried mugwort flowers. It adds a lovely sent to any doorway or room.

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