Mugwort Herb

Mugwort Herb

Mugwort (artemisia vulgaris) is found throughout most of Asia, Europe, and North America. It is a member of the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Mugwort is part of a traditional Chinese acupuncture called moxibustion. It was also seen in medieval Europe as a protection against evil spirits, sunstroke, and fatigue. In modern studies, mugwort has shown the ability to protect, but only from microbes.

The applicable parts of mugwort are the above ground parts, particularly the dried branch tips, and the roots. Mugwort contains sesquiterpene lactones, lipophilic flavonoids, polyenes, umbelliferone, and aesculetin. It also contains a complex volatile oil with 1,8 cineole, camphor, linalool, or thujone. Research suggests that mugwort can stimlulate uterine activity and that is possesses antimicrobial activities.

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Cautions Orally, mugwort can cause an allergic reaction to those individuals sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, daisies, and other simliar herbs.