Common and Folk Names:
Artemis, Artemesia, Common Mugwort, Felon Herb, Muggons, Naughty Man, Old Man, Old Uncle Henry, Sailor’s Tobacco, St. John’s Plant, Witch Herb.
Mugwort can be used to help promote appetite as it aids in the production of bile. It is also used as a mild purgative. It is most often used as an emmenagogue (to stimulate menstruation) in teas and baths to help regulate menstruation. Also used in a bath, it aids with tired or sore legs and rheumatoid arthritis.
Mugwort was also used to aid in palsies, hysteria and epilepsy, and is quite useful in bringing fevers down.
Mugwort has long been used in divination, as a wash for crystal balls and scrying mirrors, placed under or around the crystal ball to aid in psychic work. A tea of mugwort is also drunk before divining. It is also burned with wormwood or sandalwood during any divination. Pillows made with mugwort and slept upon will bring prophetic dreams; leaves placed next to the bed is said to help achieve astral projection.
Mugwort is carried for luck, fertility, protection against malicious spirits and wild animals and fatigue (place leaves in each shoe to gain strength and stamina during long journeys on foot).