Mugwort is an invasive plant that grows all over the Northeast and can be foraged from spring through autumn.
Mugwort is a wonderful sleep aid that brings on vivid dreams. It may also relieve anxiety and will calm nerves.*
Take full dropper orally in tea or water.*
Mugwort tincture has a prominent use that dates as far back 3BC. Its origins can be traced to geographical areas of Europe and Northern Africa. It then moved to North America and where it has been naturalized in nearly all the states of the U.S, and other areas of North America.
In the middle European ages was used for a host of purposes that included repelling insects, and as a magic protective herb. It was believed that this substance would protect travelers against wild animals and harmful spirits. Soldiers in ancient Rome would also put mugwort in their sandals to prevent fatigue and weakness. The plant has been mentioned in 11th century Chinese poetry and other forms of literature and songs that portray that period. Evidence points to its use in traditional medicine as moxa – a pulverized form that is used for acupuncture. This process is still practiced till today and is known as moxibustion, a process that involves burning acupuncture points on the individual’s body as a form of therapy. In other areas of Asia such as Japan and Korea, it was used in popular dishes such as kusa mochi, and is fundamental to the way that the dish progressed into modern culture.
Mugwort are attributed to its use in flavoring drinks through the course of history. Before the end of the 15th century when hops became a prominent means of flavoring drinks, mugwort was used in conjunction with ground ivy to flavor beer among other drinks. It was decocted into malt liquor after it was gathered and dried in order to arrive at finished beer.