Mugwort ✿ Artemisia ✿ Wormwood Seeds
Medicinal Herb ✿ 100+ Seeds
Germination: up to 21 days Days to Maturity: 80 days or more Medicinal Uses Mugwort has a strong tradition in ancient herbal medicine and folklore.
The plant has an antiseptic and antifungal action, and is also said to relieve itching, burning and stinging sensations when freshly crushed leaves are applied to the skin. Mugwort is also used as an adaptogen, a general tonic, an expectorant, diuretic and as a digestive aid. Chewing fresh leaves reportedly acts as a stimulant and nervous tonic. It is also used to expel pinworms. The chemicals in the plant mean that it is slightly toxic, more if a lot is consumed. Caution is advised and consumption should not be for more than a week. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not consume wormwood/mugwort. Large and/or prolonged doses can cause miscarriage and damage the nervous system. In traditional medicine one of the uses for this plant was to encourage abortion, labour and expulsion of the afterbirth. It was also used to treat or regulate disorders of the menstrual system in Europe. However, Chinese traditional medicine used the plant to treat birth pains and prevent miscarriage. The chemical constituents of A. vulgaris include the essential oils cineole and thujone as well as the flavonoids triterpenes and coumarin derivatives. The thujone is particularly toxic in prolonged or large amounts. It is also found in Western Red Cedar, which is known to have some termite resistence. Infusions may be made from the leaves and flowers as needed using about 30 grams to 600 mls of boiling water. The plant has been used as a remedy for fatigue since ancient times. The leaves are said to have been used by Roman soldiers to sooth sore feet when placed in their shoes.