Mugwort is a perennial and aromatic herb from the Atermisia family. It will grow from 1 to 2 meters tall, and flowers from July to September. In the past, mugwort was used to flavour drinks such as liquor or beer. Today, it is mostly used for it’s many medicinal qualities. It is an easy plant to grow and care for. After the plants are established they require very little care.
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.