In The Wild
Mugwort or Artemisia Vulgaris is a common plant native to the British Isles and part of the large global Artemisia family, which also includes the famous wormwood or Artemisia Absinthium and the Sage Brush or Artemisia Tridentata as used by North American First Nations People.
Mugwort usually grows in scrubby areas, by the roadside and along riverbanks. It's leaves are green on one side and a silvery white underneath, making it easy to identify. It's flowers grow in pinacles (groups of very small flowers) and despite being quite understated, do produce a lot of pollen. Mugwort can grow up to six feet tall.
In The Body
Traditionally, mugwort was used herbally and medicinally for many issues including the treatment of parasites, as a topical antibacterial, to aid healthy female reproductive organs, to assist with epileptic seizures and to ease childbirth.
In The Mind
What is in the mind is reflected without and so Mugwort not only works on re-aligning your thought processes, making you more present but this realignment is reflected in your daily life situations. Whatever is out of balance in your life can be brought back into alignment with Mugwort. It is commonly known as the dreaming herb due to it's power to bring you effectively into the present during the waking state, therefore promoting lucidity within the dream (being consciously aware that you are dreaming while you are in the dream). It is an aid to a similar practice, that of astral projection and it is also used to improve clairvoyance.
Mugwort is named after the Greek Goddess Artemis, who is the daughter of Zeus and the twin sister of Apollo. She is the goddess of the hunt, the moon, childbirth and the protector of young girls. The spirit of Mugwort is a powerful white witch, dedicated to the combat of malevolent forces.
Below is a list of some of the traditional, magical uses of Mugwort:
• A pillow stuffed with Mugwort and slept upon will produce prophetic dreams and placed next to the bed to aid in astral projection.
• Mugwort is also burned with sandalwood or wormwood during scrying rituals and a mugwort infusion is drunk (sweetened with honey) before divination.
• The infusion is also used to wash crystal balls and magic mirrors and Mugwort leaves are placed around the base of the ball (or beneath it) to aid psychic workings.
• When carrying Mugwort you cannot be harmed by poison, magic or negative energies.
• In a building it prevents negative entities from entering.
• Drink the tea to induce clairvoyance
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