Mugwort is native to Europe, Africa, and temperate Asia and is today widely naturalized in most parts of the world. It usually grows best in loamy soils that are nitrogen-rich and slightly alkaline. It prefers sunny places, and it can easily be found along roadsides, weedy and waste areas. Mugwort is most commonly used to treat disorders of the digestive tract and aid in all digestive functions and is said to have properties that are anti-fungal, antibacterial, expectorative and antiasthmatic. It is considered a good herb for a gastric disorder, stomach pain, and bowel complaints. It is used for poor appetite, indigestion, travel sickness, and stomach acidity. Mugwort is thought to be effective in treating a wide range of parasitic infections, such as tapeworm, roundworm, and thread-worm. It is also considered effective against fungal infections like ringworms that infect the skin. Traditionally, this herb is used to stimulate irregular or suppressed menstruation. Some believe it stimulates the uterus and it is useful for menstrual pain and cramps.
Furthermore, it has been used to induce miscarriage probably due to the herb’s ability to interfere with menstruation. Additionally, mugwort is used as a folk and herbal remedy for various ailments including colds, epilepsy, colic, fevers, asthma, bronchitis, sciatica and kidney problems and there is some scientific indication it can lower blood sugar levels. Mugwort has also been used as an herbal remedy for nervousness, exhaustion, gout, bruises, chilblains (a foot condition) and depression, especially when it is associated with loss of appetite. This herb is said to have mild narcotic and sedative properties, which explain its use to promote sleep in cases of insomnia. Because of its diuretic properties, it is thought to have medicinal benefits for the liver, spleen, and kidney. It is also considered an excellent insect repellent.
This herb has mild purgative abilities and can be used as a remedy for constipation. In folklore it is most famous for being considered a “dream” herb, enhancing remembrance of dreams, both during sleep and in trances, and precognitive dreaming or dreaming of future events.
- Excessive dosage of Mugwort may cause problems like Acid Reflux, Dizziness, and Toxicity.
-Some people may be allergic to Mugwort. Allergic Symptoms like the following may develop: Urticaria Sneezing Swollen Lips Itching in the Throat Trouble Breathing.
- Mugwort may cause Miscarriage. Do not take Mugwort during Pregnancy. It stimulates uterine contractions. It increases the risk of bleeding. Mugwort causes heartburn in the baby if taken by the lactating mother.
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