Also known as Chrysanthemum weed, St. John’s herb, Cronewort and Wild Wormwood.
Composition of Mugwort
Mugwort has a pungent aroma when the leaves are crushed. Mugwort leaf and stem are used medicinally. The volatile oil of mugwort includes thujone, linalool, borneol, pinene, and other constituents. The herb also contains hydroxy-coumarins, lipohilic flavonoids, vulgarin, and triterpenes.
Health Benefits of Mugwort
Mugwort has an affinity for the female reproductive system and is used as a uterine stimulant that can bring on delayed menstruation and help restore a woman’s natural monthly cycle.
The plant contains high levels of antioxidants, which help to alleviate digestive and intestinal issues like ulcers, vomiting, nausea and constipation.
It’s even been known to elicit intense and vivid dreams.
It can stimulating fetal movement inside the womb.
IMugwort is used internally for depression, loss of appetite and dyspepsia,
It is used as a treatment for threadworm and roundworm infestations.
History of Mugwort
Mugwort derives its name from “Artemis,” the name of a Greek moon goddess and is considered to be a patron of women. Historically, it was used as a herbal inhibitor for women’s menstrual cycles and helped provide menopause relief.
It was known as the ‘Mother of Herbs’ and was associated with witchcraft and fertility rites.
Mugwort is mentioned frequently in 1 st-century AD Greek and Roman writings and appears in Chinese medical literature dating back to AD 500.
It has a reputation for soothing sore feet and was planted beside roads by the Romans for soldiers to put in their sandals on long marches.