Written by A.M
Photos by World Botanical Therapy Co.
Mugwort is one of the most multi-purpose herbs on the market. Think of it as the coconut oil of the herb world: it can do just about anything. From teas to tonics, mugwort has been used as an aid for digestion, menstrual cramps, insomnia, and more for centuries. Today, we’re going to delve into a brief history of mugwort, its major health benefits, and a few of its uses in spiritual practices.
History of mugwort
To start, mugwort (also known as Artemisia Vulgaris) is an ancient root-based perennial herb that grows naturally in Northern Europe, Asia, and North America. And while it is an herb used all over the world, its historical story varies from culture to culture. Some believe it stems from the ancient story of the Nine Sacred Herbs gifted to the world by the gods, others believe it grew in popularity because of its uses in flavoring liquor. Regardless of its origin, mugwort has truly been used for it all throughout history and is a powerful multi-purpose herb for everyone.
Now, mugwort has many uses in regards to health. This is mainly due to high levels of antioxidants, making it ideal for many things, such as nausea, anxiety, or muscle aches. However, its the biggest use stems from its powerful impact on women’s health.
Mugwort is a natural uterine tonic and helps to stimulate menstrual flow in women. The stimulation of this increases circulation, helping to warm up the body, which is able to provide mild relief to menstrual cramps (can I get a hallelujah?). This is also believed to be able to correct irregular periods and irregular hormone levels in women and allow better regulation in your flow. So basically, if you don’t want to be running around like an emotional, chocolate-crazed hot mess every month, mugwort might be the ideal solution for you (we’ll still take the chocolate, though). However, a pregnancy test should always be taken before ingesting mugwort, as it can cause severe complications in pregnancy.
Another powerful health property of mugwort is that it can be used to alleviate joint pain, such as arthritis. So say good-bye to Icy Hot because this magical herb has got you covered. The healing for this is sometimes done through an ancient Chinese practice known as moxibustion, which is used with sticks against the skin to create a burning sensation that draws forward toxins in the tissue of the body. While this may sound painful, it is actually a very soothing natural way to ease aches in the body and is excellent in maintaining the health of your joints.
Alternatively, for emotional pain, mugwort can also be used in a tea to help comfort in times of stress and anxiety.
And lastly, for all the spiritual gurus out there looking to ‘feel the vibes’, mugwort is considered to be a very magical herb. It is believed to not only repel negative spirits but to also be a powerful herb for vivid dream magic, astral travel, and divination when ingested by smoke or in tea. When used as an incense, it is also believed to insight a deeper trance for meditation and assist in connecting you to your third eye chakra. So, if you truly want to get your chakras flowing, mugwort will be a great addition to your collection (namaste).
So, to sum it all up, mugwort is kind of a big deal. Whether you’re looking to use it in teas, on the skin, or in spiritual healing practices, you can rest assured that this ancient herb has got your back no matter what you get up to. And if you’re interested in trying mugwort out for yourself, you can check out our shop, World Botanical Therapy, or our Etsy page and experience its amazing healing benefits for yourself. Trust us; once you try this magical herb, there’s no going back.
*Disclaimer: We are not medical professionals and do not provide medical advice. If you have pre-existing medical conditions or are taking medications or other prescribed supplements, consult with your primary care physician before adding this to your diet.