Mugwort is an aromatic plant from the Atermisia family. It is a perennial herb that grows 1 to 2 m tall. It flowers from July to September. In the past it was used to flavour drinks such as liquor or beer. Today it is mostly used for it’s many medicinal qualities.
Perennial: Hardy in zones 4 to 10
Best time to sow: Spring, late summer, or early fall
Light conditions: Grows in full sun to partial shade
Ease of germination: Easy
Uses: Medicinal, tea
Mugwort Health Benefits and Uses
Mugwort has similar uses as wormwood. The herb contains anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used to get rid of internal parasites, and it has been used to treat a host of diseases, such as digestive problems, insomnia, and even malaria. In the past mugwort was commonly used in making beer before hops became popular. Mugwort is also said to aid in improving sleep and improving the vividness and intensity of dreams; or the memory of the dreams.
The fresh or dried leaves and flowers can be used for tea. As a tea mugwort can be used to treat many gastrointestinal issues such as indigestion and constipation. It has a long history as being used to treat worms and other intestinal parasites. Drinking mugwort tea will increase dream vividness, intensity, and dream recall. The more vivid a dream is the more likely we will remember it. Mugwort tea has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It can also be used to prevent and treat fatigue, colds and flu, and asthma.
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