The Mugwort Effect

Mugwort is one of the most versatile herbs available. It can be used in numerous ways, including as a tea or added to tinctures. It can also be burned as a smudge or inhaled to clear negative energy. It is also said to encourage psychic intuition and enhance lucid dreaming. Mugwort is also a powerful herb for the menstrual cycle and has long been associated with Midsummer celebrations. The technical name for mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris, translates to “moon goddess” or “patron of women.” It is an especially important herb for women and has been traditionally used to stimulate the menstrual cycle and ease the transition into menopause.

Mugwort has a nervine action, stimulating circulation and promoting cell regeneration. It relaxes the nervous system and reduces tension, while balancing hormone levels and easing menstrual cramps. It also acts as a decongestant, reducing symptoms of colds and flu.

Its balancing effect on the blood helps to increase the flow of oxygen in the body, which reduces fatigue and stimulates the immune system. This helps the body fight infections, as well as ward off cancers. It also helps to ease hot flashes in menopausal women and reduce the occurrence of vaginal yeast infections.

In Chinese medicine, mugwort leaves are often rolled into moxa sticks and used in the practice of moxibustion, in which it is placed over cold and stiff parts of the body to warm and increase blood flow. It is often combined with other traditional TCM practices, such as acupuncture. According to a 2012 study, moxibustion can help reduce the need for cesarean sections by helping to deliver breech babies.

Adding mugwort to a dream pillow can help increase the frequency and clarity of your dreams, as well as promote prophetic dreams that offer solutions to life’s challenges. It is a good idea to keep a journal of your dreams so you can remember them and use this information to guide your life.

Drinking mugwort tea in the morning can promote psychic awareness, strengthen your intuitive abilities and encourage lucid dreaming. It is a great herb to use for vision quests, ceremonies and rituals that call on your spiritual intuition.

Mugwort oil is an excellent topical for achy joints, especially those of the back and hips. It also helps to prevent menstrual cramps, regulating the uterus and pelvic area and encouraging blood movement.

It is important to note that mugwort can have abortive properties in high doses and should not be used during pregnancy. It is also not recommended to use mugwort if you are breastfeeding or have a history of uterine fibroids or abnormal uterine bleeding. If you are not sure if mugwort is safe for you, consult with a trained herbalist or midwife.