- The Herb Mugwort
(Artemisia vulgaris )
Kohler’s Medicinal Plants – 1887
- Mugwort is most commonly used to treat disorders of the digestive tract and aid in all digestive functions and has been said to have properties which are antifungal, antibacterial, expectorant, and antiasthmatic. It is considered to be good herb for gastric disorder, stomach pain and bowel complains. It has been used for poor appetite, indigestion, travel sickness and stomach acidity.
- Mugwort is thought to be effective in treating a wide range of parasitic infections, such as tapeworm, roundworm, and threadworm. It is also considered effective against parasites that infect the skin like ringworm.
- Traditionally mugwort has been use to stimulate irregular or suppressed menstruation. It is believed that it stimulates the uterus and that it is useful for menstrual pain and cramps. Furthermore it has been used to induce miscarriage probably due to the herbs ability to interfere with menstruation.
- Additionally mugwort has been used as a folk and herbal remedy for various ailments includingcolds, epilepsy, colic, fevers, asthma, bronchitis, sciatica, kidney problems and there is some scientific indication that it can lower blood sugar levels.
- Mugwort has also been used as an herbal remedy for nervousness, exhaustion, gout, bruises, chilblain and depression especially when it is associated with loss of appetite . This herb is said have mild narcotic and sedative properties which explain its uses to promote sleep in cases of insomnia. Because of its diuretic properties it is thought to have medicinal benefits for the liver, spleen, and kidney. It is also considered an excellent insect repellant.
- This herb has mild purgative abilities and might therefore be helpful for constipation.
- In folklore it is mostly famous for being considered a “dream” herb, enhancing remembrance of dreams, both during sleep and in trances, and precognitive dreaming or dreaming of future events.