Mugwort – Artemisia Vulgaris
One of the oldest herbs with known healing properties and widespread use in the world, is mugwort. The important healing properties that characterize it, cover a wide range of needs of the human body.
Toning the body, mugwort tea gives energy so that we can cope with a demanding daily routine, while successfully treating headaches associated with stress, hypertension and fatigue. You can consume mugwort tea when you feel unwell, while at the same time it helps in the better absorption of nutrients by the body.
Ideal for a sensitive digestive system, mugwort, fights nausea, strengthens the weak digestive system and especially the stomach, is a very good digestive and appetizing herb, fighting anorexia, indigestion and bloating while activating the production of gastric juices. Treats stomach and intestinal colics and cramps and diarrhea while detoxifying the stomach. It is also used successfully to treat irritable bowel syndrome. Drink mugwort tea for urination, treatment of persistent vomiting and to activate bile as it is cholagogue.
Mugwort tea is also an emmenagogue, ideal for regulating irregular menstrual cycles, menstrual cramps and general menstrual disorders. Protects the sensitive female reproductive system and treats heavy menstrual bleeding.
Spiritually it also offers energy and stimulation, relaxes the sensitive nervous system and helps in a good sleep, especially if you suffer from insomnia. It is considered an herb that when consumed before bedtime, brings intense dreams. Along with other herbs, it works in addition to treating melancholy, anxiety, irritability and stress as it calms the nervous system. It should be mentioned at this point that in traditional herbal medicine, it was used as a medicine to treat epilepsy.
Effective in the treatment of colds, mugwort is expectorant protecting against bronchitis and inflammation of the respiratory system, treats persistent cough and its sweating action helps in the natural treatment of fever. In fact, its tea enriched with honey helps to treat swollen tonsils.
In traditional Chinese medicine, mugwort is used in the treatment of moxa to stimulate the flow of qi and maintain health.
Mugwort also has hallucinogenic properties and is used by some as a dream enhancer. As it is mildly hallucinogenic, it does not cause harmful side effects.
Be careful not to make the tea strong as it has a very strong taste, which is difficult to consume. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, be sure to avoid consumption as it is an emmenagogue, in ancient times it was considered abortive and causes contractions in the uterus, while there are not enough studies on its safety during breastfeeding. Avoid consumption if you are allergic to related herbs.
The dosage depends on many factors as in all herbs, such as age and weight, so it is advisable to limit yourself to the recommended dosages. For therapeutic and not preventive use, follow your doctor’s instructions.
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