Mugwort ~ The Old Man


Oh the potent and amazing Artemisia vulgaris, otherwise known as mugwort.

This fabulous herb is said to release our wild untamed selves. AND who doesn't want that? ;) Best to keep some of this amazing little wonder around!

In the 9th century she was commonly used to cast out demonic possession. I don't doubt that she would work for this purpose. However, I do think there were a bit too many 'demonic possession diagnosis' being made at that time :( 'Nough said!

Another popular use for this little beauty in days gone by was to protect foot travelers from fatigue, sunstroke, wild beasts, and evil spirits.

She is still used in Germany as the traditional seasoning for the Christmas Day goose. A slightly bitter taste makes her a great herb for seasoning fish and wild game. Pair her with lemon and butter and you've got a damn tasty treat in store for you.

Make mugwort infusions and oils to be used as all-purpose cleaners. This combines her anti-bacterial and purification properties 'killing two birds with one stone'. The oils will work quite well as an insect repellent as well.

Crush fresh leaves of this majestic beauty and apply them to skin to calm burning, itching, and pain. Use consistent application for wart removal.

Mix dried herb with honey and use to speed the metabolism process of bruises.

Artemisias should not be taken for more than 1 week at a time. You can resume taking them after a break of 3 to 4 weeks. Still, it is not recommended to make them a regular part of your herbal routine.

While mugwort is used to strengthen labor pains and assist with the expulsion of afterbirth, it should not be taken by pregnant women. Consuming this herb while pregnant may lead to miscarriage.


Perhaps this herb is best known for the effect it has on one's dream world and it's diversity concerning things of a spiritual nature.

Take a long soak in a mugwort infused bath at bedtime to calm an overactive dream world. Alternatively, place it under your pillow to heighten the activity of your dream world.

Use it to open the third eye to both dreams and visions.

Burn this herb as an incense or smoke it mixed with other herbs to deepen your meditative state. This is particularly lovely when done on the full or new moon, as mugwort opens a more direct channel of access to lunar magick.

It makes a great smudging herb. It is a potent purifier and can be used to purify people, places, and objects before, during, or after ritual and/or ceremony.-

It also works well to enhance prophesy, dreams, and divination in and around ritual space.


That concludes our journey through the world of the dreamy mugwort ...

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