MUGWORT

NAME :  MUGWORT

GAELIC NAME :

LATIN NAME : Artemisia vulgaris.

COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Artemis Herb Artemisia Common Mugwort Felon Herb Muggons Naughty Man Old Man Old Uncle Henry Sailor's Tobacco St John's Plant

MEDICINAL PART : Rootstock Herb

PLACES OF ORIGIN : Europe Asia 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 Digestive Cholagogue Purgative

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 irritation.
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 fall.

MAGICAL PROPERTIES

GENDER : Feminine.
PLANET : Venus.
ELEMENT : Earth.
DEITIES :  Morrigan  Áine
POWERS : Strength Psychic Powers Protection Prophetic Dreams Healing Astral Projection

RITUAL USES

For protection and healing call on the goddess Áine while using.

MAGICAL USES
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.

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