Mugwort is a herbaceous plant with dark green foliage and yellowish flowers. It belongs to the Asteraceae family and its scientific name is Artemisia vulgaris. In addition to its uses in the kitchen, this plant also has many medicinal properties. Indeed, since Antiquity, it has occupied an important place in the world of phytotherapy. In addition, it contains tannins, terpenes, essential oil, resin, micronutrients and vitamins A, B and C.
Main indications in herbal medicine
Mugwort is mainly used in the female disorder treatment. Moreover, its scientific name comes from the name of the Greek goddess Artemis, goddess of birth and protector of sick women. Thus, this plant improves female comfort. It regulates the menstrual cycle and flow. It also soothes cramps and pain felt during menstruation.
In addition, this plant has beneficial effects on digestion. In case of anorexia, for example, it stimulates the appetite. She also treats the digestive disorders. A distinction is made between stomach aches, stomach aches, diarrhea, colic, bloating and flatulence. It also participates in the elimination of intestinal worms.
Other uses of mugwort in herbal medicine are the following :
- Blood and lymphatic circulation problems: varicose veins and feeling of heavy legs
- Muscle and joint pain: rheumatism, arthritis and body aches
- Nervous disorders: epileptic seizures, hysteria, convulsions and neuralgia
In pharmacy, themugwort generally comes in the form of an infusion, mother tincture, dry extracts, capsule and essential oil. In the East, it is also found in the form of moxas. This is a stick of dried mugwort intended for moxibustion.
Instructions for use and usual dosages
Bring a cup of water and 2 tablespoons of dried herb to a boil. Simmer for 2 minutes and infuse for an additional 5 minutes. Filter and consume 2 to 3 cups a day.
For a cure of 3 weeks, take 15 drops of tincture in the morning and in the evening, directly under the tongue or diluted in a little water.
As part of a healthy and balanced diet, take between meals, 3 to 6 capsules during the day.
Essential oil :
For external use, dilute themugwort essential oil in a little vegetable oil. Then massage the parts to be treated with the mixture obtained. Note that the recommended dilution dose is 20% essential oil and 80% vegetable oil.
Moxa is an alternative to acupuncture. In Chinese medicine, it helps to reduce pain and cauterize wounds.
Reasons for caution
Each mugwort treatment must be done under the supervision of a doctor or therapist only. Its use is also not recommended for children, pregnant and breastfeeding women as well as people suffering from liver and kidney diseases.
In addition, when consumed in large doses, this plant leads to intoxication and allergic reactions.