Mugwort is a perennial and aromatic herb from the Artemisia 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 its many medicinal qualities. It’s an easy herb to care for and grow. 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 Europe, mugwort was used to make 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 dreams.
The fresh or dried leaves and flowers can be made into a tea. The tea is said 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.