GAELIC NAME :
LATIN NAME : Artemisia vulgaris.
COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Artemis
Old Uncle Henry
MEDICINAL PART : Rootstock
PLACES OF ORIGIN : Europe
North and South America
HABITAT : Can be found in waste places, ditches, bushy areas, and along
roadsides and fences.
DESCRIPTION : Mugwort is a perennial plant. The downy, grooved stems grow from
1 to 5 feet tall and bear alternate, pinnate leaves that are green on top and downy
beneath. The leaflets are linear to spatulate and coarsely toothed. In addition, there is
a basal rosette of pinnate leaves that survive the winter.
FLOWERING PERIODS : Small, greenish-yellow to red-brown flowers grow in
panicled spikes from July to October.
PROPERTIES : Appetiser
USES : Mugwort promotes the appetite and proper digestion by its beneficial
effect on bile production, and it acts as a mild purgative. A decoction is sometimes used
to regulate menstruation. It has also been used as a bath additive for gout, rheumatism,
and tired legs. The fresh juice is helpful in relieving the itching of poison oak
CAUTION -: Excessive
doses can lead to symptoms of poisoning, but nothing is to be feared from normal use.
Preparation : Collect the herb when in flower, the rootstock in the
GENDER : Feminine.
PLANET : Venus.
ELEMENT : Earth.
DEITIES : Morrigan
POWERS : Strength
For protection and healing call on the goddess
Áine while using.
Place Mugwort in the shoes to gain strength during long walks or runs. For this purpose
pick Mugwort before sunrise, saying: Tollam te artemesia, ne lassus sim in via.
A pillow stuffed with Mugwort and slept upon will produce prophetic dreams. Mugwort is
also burned with sandalwood or wormwood during scrying rituals, and a Mugwort infusion is
drunk (sweetened with honey) before divination.
The infusion is also used to wash crystal balls and magic mirrors, and Mugwort leaves are
placed around then base of the ball (or beneath it) to aid in psychic workings.
According to ancient tradition, when carrying Mugwort you cannot be harmed by poison, wild
beasts or sunstroke. In a building, Mugwort prevents 'dark elves' and 'evil things' from
entering, and branches of Mugwort are used in Japan by the Ainus to exorcise spirit's of
disease who are thought to hate the odour. In China, it is hung over the doors to keep
evil spirits from buildings.
Mugwort is also carried to increase lust and fertility, to prevent backache, and to cure
disease and madness. Placed next to the bed it aids in achieving astral projection.