Mugwort Monograph

Mugwort – Artemisia vulgaris – Mercury, Neptune, Venus, Moon

Family: Asteraceae


  • tall, fast growing
  • silvery/green leaves
  • spreads profusely
  • smells earthy and strong

Habitat: adaptable – full sun gives the best medicine. No need to fertilize. Cut to the ground in flower, it will grow back if its happy – lots. 2 harvests per season is possible

Energetics: warm, dry – yin – Earth/Water

Actions: emmenagogue; bitter; stimulant; nervine tonic; analgesic, antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antivenomous, astringent, diaphoretic, hemostatic, disinfectant, diuretic, vermifuge

Constituents: volatile oil (linalool, 1.8-cineole B-thujone, boineol, a and B-pinene); sesquiterpene lactones (vulgarin); flavonoids; coumarin derivatives; triterpenes

Medicinal Uses: leaf

  • to start your period
  • regulating hormones
  • bitter – hungry
  • sleeping/staying asleep
  • lucid dreaming
  • ease depression and tension
  • waming
  • anorexia
  • diarrhea
  • arthritic joints
  • warts
  • anemia
  • respiratory issues (bronchial)
  • stomachache
  • Jaundice
  • rheumatism
  • menopause
  • headaches – both kinds
  • epilepsy
  • dysentary
  • flu/fever
  • sinus snuff (dry powder)
  • pineal gland decalsifier
  • clears parasites (pinworms, roundworms, scabies)
  • clears toxins
  • cramps
  • irregular menstruation
  • palsy
  • rheumatism and other types of arthritis
  • stimulate labor and to expel the placenta (compress)
  • topical (poultice, compress, or liniment):boils, itching, rashes, scabies
  • topical (poultice, compress, or liniment): arthritic joints, headache, bruises
  • gargle for sore throat
  • rinse: Prevents hair loss, good for sore feet
  • crushed herb for warts
  • smoke for asthma or use in a steam bath
  • dry and powder for snuff for sinus
  • moxabustion

Flower essence:

  • release negative emotions and bitterness with the past
  • helps people who are out of touch with reality to glean helpful information from their dreams


  • flavoring for dumplings, salads, soups, and meats
  • Used to flavor beer (that’s where the name “mugwort” comes from)
  • Eating some with a meal helps with digestive distress that fatty foods can cause

Other uses

  • dipped in tallow and used as candlestalk
  • protects from the evil eye (St. John wore it when he went to the wilderness)
  • used in smudging
  • third eye opener
  • small pillow made of purple velvet for dreaming
  • repels moths, cockroaches, and rodents (other bugs) can inhibit plant growth if overused
  • Great tinder
  • oil for consecration of visionary tools and silver (moon stones and pearls)
  • Amulets for loved ones setting out on a journey
  • midsummer ritual and Diana


  • asteraceae family allergen
  • pregnancy and nursing
  • avoid large amounts and taking for an extended period of time

Personal Use:

I grow mugwort so I have lots of this beautiful herb. She makes a wonderful smoking herb and I made an oil with eucalyptus to use on my dream catcher string. Artemisia is a great bitter and sleep herb in tincture form.

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Beyerl, P. (1984). The master book of herbalism. Custer, Wash.: Phoenix Pub.

Mars, B. (2007). The desktop guide to herbal medicine: The ultimate multidisciplinary reference to the amazing realm of healing plants, in a quick-study, one-stop guide. Laguna Beach, CA: Basic Health Pub.


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