Herb of the Day: Mugwort

(Artemisia vulgaris)

Parts used: Leaves and root
Mugwort contains a volatile oil ,mainly caryophyllene, a sesquiterpene lactone,flavonoids,coumarin derivatives, and triterpenes.
It’s regions are the northern hemisphere,it flourishes in open areas and along roads sides,it is gathered in the late the late summer just before it flowers.
In the 13th century a Welsh herbalist recommended :If a women be unable to give to her child let the mugwort be bound to her left thigh.Let it be instantly removed when she has been delivered, lest there should be haemorrhage. A 18th century A Spanish Herbalist ,Diego de Torres,recommended a application of a mugwort bandage below the navel as a effective method of inducing labor. Roman centurions reputedly placed it in their sandals to keep their soles of their feet in good shape.
Mugwort is a digestive and a tonic herb. Milder in action than most other species,it can be taken over the long term at a low dose to improve appetite,digestive function,absorption of nutrients. It encourages the elimination of worms,increases bile flow,mildly induces the on set of menstruation. It is a antiseptic and has been used in the treatment of malaria. Caution:DO NOT TAKE DURING PREGNANCY.


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