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Scientific Name: Artemisia vulgaris
Alternative Names: Chinese Moxa, Felon Herb

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Artemisia vulgaris
Artemisia vulgaris


  • Perennial
  • Mugwort is native to northern temperate regions.
  • It is an aromatic perennial with red-purple stems and deeply cut, dark green leaves, 5-8cm. long with white undersides.
  • Mugwort can grow up to 60cm - 1.7m tall.
  • Panicles of tiny, red-brown flowers appear in summer.
  • Mugwort is fully hardy and needs well-drained neutral to slightly alkaline soil in sun.

Culinary Uses

  • Mugwort is one of the more palatable wormwoods, used in traditional recipes - especially in the UK, Germany and Spain.
  • For use in soups, with fish and in stuffings for geese, duck, pork and mutton.
  • Used in China and Japan to flavor and colour rice cakes and dumplings.
  • Fresh or dried flowering tops can be used for tea.

Parts Used

  • The leaves and sprigs.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Internally for depression with loss of appetite, dyspepsia, threadworm and roundworm infestations.
  • Menstrual complaints: In the West mainly to encourage menstruation and in the East to control uterine bleeding and threatened miscarriage.
  • In traditional Chinese medicine the compressed dried leaf, known as Moxa, is burned briefly on the skin to warm the acupuncture points in cases of internal cold.
  • Used mainly in Ayurvedic medicine for the female reproductive system, nervous complaints and as a wash for fungal infections.

Other Uses

  • Mugwort was important in Druidic and Anglo-Saxon times - being one of the nine herbs to repel evil and poisons.
  • The common name is from the Anglo-Saxon Mucgwrt (Midge plant) because of its use in repelling insects.
  • It was known as the 'Mother of Herbs' and was associated with witchcraft (old goddess religions) and fertility rites.
  • Mugwort is mentioned frequently in 1 st-century AD Greek and Roman writings and appears in Chinese medical literature dating back to c.AD 500.
  • It has a reputation for soothing sore feet and was planted beside roads by the Romans for soldiers to put in their sandals on long marches.
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