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What is Mugwort and How is it Used?

written by: MandaSpring • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 5/3/2010

Many people have heard of mugwort but few know what this plant is or how it is used. Learn about the many benefits and medicinal uses of the mugwort herb and as well as a description in order to properly identify it.

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    What is the Mugwort Herb?

    The mugwort herb or artemesia vulgaris, goes by many names including St. John’s plant and Cingulum sancti johannis. This plant itself has deep dark green leaves. The flowers are generally red or yellow in color. Of course, the shades of these primary colors can vary.

    The entire plant is harvested from the roots to the leaves and can be used in various herbal remedies. It is harvested in the late summer or very early fall. It has been known all over the world since ancient times. The mugwort herb grows abundantly and can often times be found growing wild along roadsides, fields or ditches. The primary uses are: internally as a medicinal tea, a topical aid in acupuncture, an external remedy and as a bitter for digestive issues.

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    How is the Mugwort Herb Used?

    When used for digestion the mugwort herb is relatively all inclusive. It has been widely used to stimulate appetite, improve digestive functions as well as optimize the way the body absorbs nutrients. Aside from these aspects of aiding in digestion, it can rid the body of worms.

    In women, the mugwort herb has been utilized as a helpful remedy for menstruation problems. In some cases of infertility the problem occurs because of the inability or lack of natural frequency of the menstrual cycle. The mugwort herb stimulates a normal healthy cycle. It can eliminate heavy and painful bleeding as well. The Chinese have long used this plant to warm the uterus and make the body ripe for conception. Once a woman is pregnant the benefits do not stop there. The herb can also help prevent miscarriages too.

    Topically, the this medicinal herb has been used to reduce pain and swelling in injuries and diseases. The herb is widely known as a natural antiseptic. This herb has an array of medicinal qualities and therefore is an excellent ingredient to have on hand.

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