Herb Spotlight: Mugwort

Herb Spotlight

I always thought mugwort to be one of the cooler sounding herb names, like something JK Rowling thought up. The name made me wonder what it could do, because I’m semi-obsessed with origins and how things get their names. After some research I’ve found that no one knows the exact derivation of the sweet name, but since it was used to make beer before Hops were discovered so perhaps it is in reference to the mugs that the libations were enjoyed from. It was also commonly used in cooking although nowadays it isn’t often found in the common American kitchen.

WARNING: If you are pregnant or breast feeding you must not come into contact with mugwort as it is used for inducing periods and stimulating the uterus.

Breakdown of Mugwort:

Scientific Name: Artemisia vulgaris [aka: artemisia, Saint Johns Plant]

Magickal Stats: Elementally water, ruled by the Moon and NeptuneArtemisia_vulgaris_-_Köhler–s_Medizinal-Pflanzen-016

Improves Function of: 

  • Digestive System; increases bile secretion and gastric juices

Aides in Relieving Symptoms of:

  • Depression: Low energy
  • Intestinal Issues: vomiting, cramps, diarrhea, weak digestion, colic
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Hypochondria

Assists Spiritually With:

  • Promote psychic energy
  • Aides in astral travel & lucid dreaming
  • Receive and Interpret psychic information
  • Cleansing and Charging divining tools

How Does It Work? In the stomach Mugwort can help to balance the acidity, fight travel sickness and even fight parasites in the guts. Evidence has suggested that topically mugwort can stimulate look circulation which helps to promote healing of skin ailments like bruises and even ringworm. It can also help to calm the nerves when ingested.

What Do I Do With It? Many people use mugwort in sweet smoke and knicknick, it can be rolled up with other herbs including cannabis to stimulate astral travel and lucid dreaming, relieve anxiety and calm restlessness to relieve insomnia. If you don’t smoke the same results can be achieved by simply chewing the root or putting a bunch underneath your pillow. Applying the lotion directly to the skin to relieve itchiness and burn scars. Lastly, the root is made into a drinkable tonic to boost energy and help lift the burden of chronic depression and the low energy that goes along with it.

Most commonly, Mugwort is used to enhance & promote lucid dreams. Before using the herbs as such please be sure to take a couple of steps. First, really ask yourself if you need sight into these dreams that your conscious mind is blocking. Our mind does this for a reason so be sure to pack your mental baggage and take a good look at yourself, maybe you’re not ready for truth and that’s OK. Next, ask the plant the question on your mind. It may sound silly but it really helps even if it is just a way for your own mind to comprehend the intention behind the action. Lastly, keep a journal next to your bed to record the dreams that may flow. In the next 3-7 days after using Mugwort for astral travel pay a lot of attention to everything that is going on around you, there may be messages that you’re missing.

WARNING: Mugwort may cause an allergic reaction in individuals who are allergicto the Asteraceae/Compositae plant family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many other herbs.

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What’s In My Cup? Relaxation Station Edition

What's In My Cup?

Wow. Since the last Full Moon I’ve felt my entire being shifted and catapulted in different directions just dragging my mind and emotions along with it. I haven’t felt stable in months and it’s wearing on me, my love, my job and my blogging. For some reason it is in these times that I forget all of the knowledge I have to help myself out of this rut.

Venus has moved retrograde and it is bouncing me around to past feelings in relationships that are complete void in my current love situation. I am almost regressing my emotional self within my relationship and it’s really confusing. I think it comes down to fixing this behavior. I need to honor it and move through to another phase of my adult self within the confines of joining that self with another. Any who, I digress. This is intense spiritual work, to look back at yourself without judgement and heal those wounds that only you can heal. It makes us better to further our foundation, but the work it takes to do so relies on a balanced and relaxed mind. Right, that might be something that I’m not blessed with at the moment.

SO my decoction of the day is so simple, so delicious and oh so relaxing. Just combining these two herbs compliment each other in flavor and create a perfect evening or afternoon beverage.

This Brew Aides In:

-Anxiety Relief

-Stress Relief

-Communing with the Gods

-Relaxing the mind

-Restful sleep

Simply Mix Together:

1 TB dried Kava Root

1.5 TB Lavender

Put the herbs into your tea ball and into your mug. Pour 6-8 ounces of boiling water over the tea ball into the mug and let sit for 5-15 minutes depending your taste for the herbs and desired steep. Kava has a tendency to feel more thick and syrupy when filtered. For me the taste is that of deep sweetness hinted with a floral musk. Kava Kava is said to promote divine thought due to the effects of relaxation in the conscious mind. It is also known to be a muscle relaxant. Lavender will help with relaxing the mind as well as erasing worry. Spiritually lavender has been known to help in protection spells, specifically in the home. It increases love and fidelity and can be used when fresh or dried.

Sit with your cup, let the aromas wash over you with their warmth. Remind yourself of this mantra: My time is mine

WARNING: Please be careful before brewing this mixture, if you have any history of liver damage or disease consult a physician before ever using Kava root in your daily regimen. 

What’s In My Cup?

Recipes, What's In My Cup?

Tea!! Playing with herbs in nightly tea is a wonderful tradition because you can pay attention to your medicinal needs that day. I am having a couple of naggy issues at the moment with my health.

I quit smoking cigarettes about 5 weeks ago and my throat has been really suffering, I believe it’s a healing crisis but the crisis is real. My mood has also been extremely messed, I’m constantly hard on myself and in turn on the ones around me. I snap at people and have a very short temper right now. Today’s mixture combines these two needs, and is dang tasty!

This Specific Blend Will Aid In:

  • Anxiety and Depression Relief
  • Uplifting and refreshing
  • Expectorant
  • Throat soothing

Simply Mix Together:

1 tsp Chamomile

1/2 tsp Licorice Root

1 tsp Spearmint

1 tsp Kava

Boil 6 oz water, pour over herbs in tea ball or bag. Let steep for 5-15 minutes or until you have acquired the desired decoction. I really appreciated the mellowing effects with a tinge of the uplifting quality of Spearmint. Although I used this as a night time tea, the Spearmint felt necessary for its amazing ability to draw happiness in to the one who blesses it. The licorice will not only help the throat soothe but it also works as an anti-inflammatory, specifically in the liver. Get a little detox along with the other great healing that will take place.

These herbs work together nicely to get me exactly where I needed to be: happy, healthy and with some soothing throat qualities.

Hold your cup as you let the tea’s aroma seep into your senses and meditate on the mantra: My Best Is Wonderful