Anglo-Saxons listed Mugwort as one of the ‘Nine Sacred Herbs” given to the world by the God Woden. It is said that this herb was planted along roadsides by the Romans, who put sprigs of Mugwort in their sandals to prevent aching feet on long journeys.

Botanical Name: Artemisia vulgaris

Common name: Mugwort

Family: Asteraceae

Parts Used: Aerial Parts

Qualities: Bitter, pungent, drying & quite cold (Ody)

Herbal Person-Picture:

Highly intelligent people who have very sensitive and incredible senses – sight, hearing, smell and taste. They may not sleep well – there may be a lack of ‘real’ sleep, as if their eyes are closed but they are not truely out. Sleepwalking, vivid dreams, talk in their sleep. Do not fully switch off. 

These people who need mugwort can feel as though they are never really ‘present’. They are away with the fairies or on ‘Cloud Cuckoo’. Spaced -out is a phrase often used to describe them. 

Their happy face is fake — when they feel exhausted then they may withdraw and settle for silence. There is immense BRAIN-FOG. 

Often dyslexia – trouble speaking, writing and talking – mixes up words.


 Active Constituents: 

  • Essential oil (thujone)
  • Sesquiterpene lactones
  • Flavonol glycosides
  • Coumarins
  • High mineral content (Hall) – vitamin B6 too 

“…eldest of worts…for venom avails, for flying vile things, mighty against loathed ones…” – The Lacnunga, 9th Century


  • Emmenagogue
  • Abortifacient
  • Stomachic
  • Cholagogue
  • Bitter tonic
  • Anthelmintic
  • Antiseptic to digestive tract
  • Mild nervine
  • Anti-spasmodic (Hall)
  • Support adrenal & pituitary hormones


  • Delayed menstruation
  • Congestive dysmennhoroea
  • Anorexia
  • Atonic gastritis
  • Worm infestations
  • Depression and tension
  • Hyperactivity of the senses (Hall)

Contraindications: Pregnancy and Lactation

Cautions: GIT bleeding? Epilepsy? Small children?

Dosage: 15-30ml 1:2 FE per week 1-2 grams per day (dry)

  • INFUSION: Take for menopausal syndrome or use a bitter to cool the digestive tract in fever management
  • DECOCTION: Combine 5g with an equal amount of dry ginger to make a warming tea for period pain
  • TINCTURE: Take for period pain, scanty menstruation and prolonged bleeding. Use as stimulant in liver stagnation & sluggish digestion. In childbirth it is used for prolonged labour & retained placenta

Other Resources:

Moxibustion for Hypertension


Ody, Penelope (1998). The Herb Society’s Complete Medicinal Herbal. Milan: Dorling Kindersley

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