Thought to be sacred to both Artemis and Diana, and having an affinity for the female reproductive system, Mugwort has a special place for women in folklore and herbal medicine. This is one herb you just might want to add to your magickal arsenal.
mugwort & the moon
Associated with the lunar goddess Artemis (and her Roman counterpart Diana) and supportive of a woman's "moon cycle", mugwort (Artemis vulgaris) is firmly linked throughout history with the moon. Artemis was said to evolve from a mugwort plant and as such, it is considered the birth plant of Artemis, taking on this lunar goddess energy as protector of women in childbirth. To this end, a hot decoction of the herb was traditionally applied to a woman's lower abdomen to aid delivery of a child. Mugwort is often ingested, smoked, or added to the fire during full moon rituals to aid in dreamwork - enabling vivid, lucid dreaming and dream recall. Lore also holds that it's powers are strongest when harvested during the full moon. Another association with the moon may come from it's distinguishing silvery underside of the leaves.
There are a multitude of ways you can use mugwort to aid in your magickal and herbal healing practices.
Magickally, mugwort can be used in a tea drunk before bedtime to induce lucid dreams and astral projection. The fresh leaves can be rubbed onto magickal scrying objects before divination to aid clairvoyance and protect the practitioner from evil energies. Dried leaves can be added to scrying incense or stuffed into a dream pillow. Bundles of mugwort can also be hung near the bed to protect from nightmares or near the front door to protect the inhabitants from evil doers. Mugwort bundles are also burned for protection during magickal workings.
As an herbal remedy, the fresh or dried leaves can be infused into a tea to aid digestion (especially of fats) and relieve anxiety and depression. Added to a hot compress, a decoction of the entire plant material (leaves and stalks) may aid in relieving discomforts associated with PMS.
getting to know mugwort
Whether used for magickal or wellness practices, mugwort is definitely one herb you may want in your arsenal. I've been growing and harvesting mugwort for the past few years and have definitely come to love this herb in its many incarnations. Explore using mugwort in your own practices with our botanical smudge bundles or by purchasing the loose dried herb for use in teas, incense, or smoking blends. We look forward to bringing you more products featuring the magickal healing powerhouse in the near future!
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