Sunday, March 29, 2015

Herbarium: Mugwort

Folk Names: Artemis herb, Artemisia, Muggons, Old Man, John's Plant
Gender: Feminine
Planet: Venus
Element: Earth
Powers: Astral Projection, Prophetic Dreams, Protection, Psychic Powers, Strength
Magical Uses and History: Mugwort is often considered a witch's best friend in dream magic. It is a member of the Artemisia family, a family of botanical named after Artemis, protector of women, fertility, creativity, witchcraft, and psychic ability. No other plant has a more powerful association with magic, especially dream magic, than mugwort.

In Medieval Europe, mugwort was used in protection magic, including the Anglo-Saxon Nine Herbs Charm. When carried on your person you cannot be harmed by poison, wild beasts, or sun stroke. When planted in your garden it repels insects, especially moths. Hang above your door to keep evil spirits from entering you home.

Furthermore, Roman soldiers placed mugwort in their shoes to protect their feet against fatigue. If you wish to use mugwort for this purpose, pick some leaves prior to sunrise while saying "Tollam te artemesia, ne lassus sim in via."

Placing mugwort next to your bed or drinking an infusion aids in astral projection, prophetic dreaming, and psychic ability. Taking an infusion of mugwort is not for everyone. Exercise caution when ingesting.

Mugwort can be used in a number of spells including:
     Astral Projection
     Dream Magic
     Protection Spells
     Prophetic Dreaming
     Divination

Medicinal Uses: Mugwort can be used where ever a digestive stimulant is needed. When taken internally, it stimulates the production of bitter juices while also providing carminative oil. The volatile oil in mugwort, which contains cineole and thujone, have a mild nervine action which can aid in depression and easing tension. It can also be used to aid in menstrual flow although it can cause severe uterine contractions so women who are pregnant or wish to become pregnant should NOT take mugwort internally. Furthermore, children should not take mugwort. As a rule of thumb, if you are not old enough to menstruate, you are not old enough to ingest mugwort.

Preparation and Dosage: Leaves and roots can be be harvested between July and September and dried. To create an infusion, pour one cup of boiling water into 1-2 teaspoons of dried herb and infuse for 10-15 minutes. Drink up to 3 times a day. Mugwort is very bitter, so you may want to sweeten it with honey. For a tincture, take 1-4 milliliters up to three times a day. Do NOT use mugwort essential oil, often named "Armoise." The volatile oils are extremely concentrated and not safe for use. It is potentially neurotoxic.

 



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