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Mugwort

Artemisia vulgaris

Artemisia vulgaris is known as mugwort. Mugworts have been traditionally used for both therapeutic and culinary purposes. This herb has its origin in the temperate regions of Europe, Alaska, northern Africa and Asia. Over the years, these herbs have also been naturalized in various places in North America, where many people consider these plants to be invasive weeds. This plant is commonly seen growing on soils rich in nitrogen content, in addition to weedy locales and areas that are not under cultivation, for instance roadsides and waste lands.

Mugwort is a perennial plant belonging to the Compositae family. This plant is closely associated with wormwood. For long, this herb has been valued as a tonic for women, especially beneficial to those who are enduring problems with their menstrual cycle. Use of this oil also helps to alleviate transition to menopause. In ancient times, Romans planted this herb by the roadsides making the plant easily available to travelers who could place the herb inside their shoes to alleviate foot aches. In fact, it is known that St. John the Baptist always wore a strap of mugwort whenever he went out to rough countryside.

Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) is a herbaceous perennial plant that grows up to a height of anything between 1 meter and 2 meters, but seldom beyond 2.5 meters. This tall plant has a woody root. Mugwort blooms between July and September.

Several cosmetic products, personal care formulations, perfumes, soaps, candles and incense include mugwort essential oil. In addition, it is also widely used in aromatherapy.

This essential oil has a soothing and unwinding effect on the brain and the nervous system. Application of this oil on the head helps to alleviate epileptic as well as hysteric attacks when they take place. Using this oil on a regular basis also greatly helps in treating both epilepsy and hysteria.

Use of mugwort essential oil can help in restarting blocked menstruations. In addition, this oil helps to regularize the menstrual cycles. This oil is also useful in alleviating problems related to menstruation, for instance headache, fatigue, nausea and abdominal aches. All these conditions can be treated using this oil. Mugwort essential oil also offers several other benefits to women, such as preventing untimely or early menopause.

Apart from the health benefits of mugwort essential oil discussed above, it also serves as an emmenagogue, a medicine or agent that promotes blood circulation to the uterus and pelvic region and, simultaneously, supports menstruation. Use of this oil extracted from mugwort plants also aids in alleviating cramps and issues related to premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Mugwort essential oil also possesses sedative attributes that help to soothe anxiety and calm restiveness.

In addition, the essential oil of mugwort also has a warming action on the body and, hence, it can be used to neutralize the consequences of cold temperatures as well as moisture in the atmosphere. Most importantly, this oil is also effective in combating infections.

It has been established that mugwort essential oil is also effective in treating digestive problems caused by excessive production and secretion of digestive juices or caused by microbial contagions. This oil controls as well as promotes the secretion of digestive juices in the stomach with a view to make digestion easier. At the same time, it helps to prevent infections by microbes in the stomach as well as the intestines, thereby treating various digestive disorders.

This oil also possesses diuretic properties and people enduring chronic renal failure as well as excessive build up of water in the body may find using mugwort essential oil beneficial. In addition, this oil is useful for people suffering from conditions like obesity, renal calculi, hypertension as well as symptoms related to toxin build up inside the body - for instance arthritis, rheumatism and gout. As mugwort essential oil is an effective diuretic, it helps to increase the amount and frequency of urination, thereby eliminating any surplus water, fat, and toxic substances like uric acid from the body. Apart from reducing the burden on the kidneys, this helps to protect the body from the symptoms mentioned above effectively, thereby making the body feel very light and agile. At the same time, getting the body rid of excessive water, salts, fats and toxic substances helps to improve digestion and enhance one's appetite.

Mugwort essential oil also serves as a tonic for our nerves. This oil is useful for treating various nervous disorders and afflictions, in addition to reinforcing the nerves. Since this oil also serves as a relaxant and stimulant simultaneously, it calms the nervous afflictions and unwinds them when one suffers from any shock or hyper-activity. At the same time, this oil invigorates the nerves to remain more alert and active.

As mugwort essential oil acts as a stimulant, its effects are evident on the entire organs as well as the systems in our body. In fact, this oil invigorates nearly all the functions in our body, counting hormone and enzymes secretion from the endocrinal glands, circulation, and bile discharge as well as secretion of other digestive juices into our stomach. At the same time, this oil works to stimulate the neurons in the brain, nervous responses, palpitations, the intestines' peristaltic motion, respiration and even menstrual discharges. Use of this oil also promotes the production as well as secretion of breast milk. Almost all these effects of mugwort essential oil are attributed to its stimulating action on specific hormones that govern most of the bodily functions.

Mugwort essential oil is useful in maintaining the sound health of the uterus. It supports the appropriate uterine discharges and, at the same time, promotes production of specific hormones that help to maintain the proper functioning of the uterus. In addition, use of this oil also helps to keep the uterus safe from the adverse effects of aging. Mugwort essential oil is also effective in protecting women from uterine tumours and ulcers.

Mugwort essential oil is somewhat toxic in nature and, as a result, it also eliminates intestinal worms. Hence, this oil ought to be always given in extremely mild doses to children. This oil is useful for eliminating roundworms as well as tapeworms. As we are all aware, presence of worms inside the body gets in the way of normal growth and also obstructs the absorption of nutriments by the body. At the same time, they also use up much of the nutrients absorbed by the body, thereby making us feel weak and vulnerable to various ailments. Using mugwort essential oil may help in restoring usual growth pattern of the body and make the body strong by eliminating the worms.

General properties

  • anti-epileptic
  • anti-hysteric
  • cordial
  • digestive
  • diuretic
  • emmenagogue
  • nervine
  • stimulant
  • uterine
  • vermifuge

Blends well with

General uses

  • anxiety
  • appetite loss
  • arthritis
  • chronic renal failure
  • digestive disorders
  • epilepsy
  • gout
  • high blood pressure
  • hysteria
  • infections
  • menopause
  • obesity
  • PMS
  • rheumatism
  • roundworms
  • tapeworms
  • uterine ulcers and tumours

Precaution

Although mugwort essential oil offers several health benefits, it needs to be used with some amount of caution. As this oil encloses thujone, it is essential to check with your doctor before you start using it. In addition, mugwort essential oil should be diluted before use. The use of this oil may result in skin irritations in some sensitive people. Therefore, it is advisable that before using mugwort essential oil, one should undergo a skin test. Most importantly, you ought to be very careful to avoid eye contact while using this oil.

As the use of mugwort essential oil may induce forced abortions, it should be avoided by women during pregnancy.

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