Information on Mugwort

Latin NameArtemisia vulgaris
Part UsedHerb
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb for tea.
AffectsBlood, Digestive system, Liver
CautionsAvoid during pregnancy; don't use the tincture for more than 10 days, up to several times a year; the tea is safe to use longer-term.
Botanical InfoAn aromatic, erect herb with grayish-green toothed leaves and short sprays or spikes of tiny greenish flowers.
DescriptionMugwort is a mild bile-promoting herb used as a tonic when there is difficulty digesting fatty or protein foods and as a general remedy for mild indigestion. It is also used following influenza to help promote the appetite and restore energy. Mugwort is useful for amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea, and the fresh juice is applied externally for poison oak. Mugwort is commonly used in moxibustion to increase blood circulation and relieve pain.

Mugwort has a taste of BITTER, ACRID, AROMATIC and a temperature of COOL.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture20-30 drops 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Mugwort

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Amenorrheaemmenagoguetea, tincture
Gallstones, mildbile stimulanttea, tincture
Poison oak

References

McGuffin, M. et al. 1997. Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca Raton: CRC Press.
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Madaus, G. 1976. Lehrbuch der Biologischen Heilmittel. Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag.