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Exploring the Benefits of Mugwort (Wormwood) as a Natural Remedy

Updated: May 15

Mugwort or Wormwood

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Mugwort or Wormwood (Artemisia vulgaris)

Often considered a common weed, mugwort, which is a member of the daisy family and native to Europe, Asia and North America, has been used for centuries for a variety of reasons. Medicinally it’s a very beneficial plant that can aid in detoxification, circulation problems, menstrual problems, intestinal conditions, insomnia, arthritis, overall digestive health and much more.

For menstruation issues, mugwort is an herbal inhibitor of menstruation and provides menopause relief. It can bring on delayed periods and can induce miscarriage, so be advised not to use while pregnant or trying to get pregnant.

For skin, mugwort can be used as a facial toner to regulate oil production, fight blackheads and acne, improve appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, tone skin, improve blood circulation and overall skin appearance.

Mugwort is also useful for beer-making, as an insect repellent, yellow dye, food ingredient, and topical skin aid. In ancient times, Romans also used this plant by putting some of the leaves in their sandals to combat fatigue.

Mugwort is also used in a more magical sense, as it’s believed to enhance astral projection, lucid dreaming, and altered states of consciousness. Traditionally, Native Americans burned it before ceremonies along with sage to smudge a sacred space.

Mugwort Uses:

  • Stimulates blood flow, increases circulation.

  • Strengthens the immune system.

  • Manages endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

  • Relieves painful menstrual cramping.

  • Eases arthritis.

  • Relaxes.

  • Enhances dreams.

  • Good for insomnia.

  • Aids with digestion.

  • Supports liver and gallbladder function.

  • Malaria prevention.

  • Anti-fungal and anti-microbial.

  • Boosts energy.

  • Intestinal conditions.

Warning: Do not take if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Mugwort (Wormwood) may cause miscarriages. 

Mugwort or Wormwood


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