Mugwort: mother of all herbals

Known in Germany and in the Anglo-Saxon countries with various names that reflect its characteristics, such as: wild wormwood, broom grass, solstice grass. The Artemisia is an ancient plant very famous and known, while today it is considered a common odor not important and little used.

In most cultures, Artemisia was connected and represented by Goddesses who symbolized protectors of wild animals and of the woman in labor, guardian of healing and fertility: Artemisia, Isis, Diana, Shiva, Maria.

The plant forms much pollen and is usually synonymous with allergies.

Delicate flowers and leaves are used as aroma and spice.
As a spice it has a healthy effect: it stimulates digestion.
The aroma of the plant takes over after a long cooking, cooking or frying, so it is preferable to add it at the beginning of food preparation.
In the kitchen, only flower buds and tips are used: sauces, soups, marinades, fish, roasts and traditionally used in the German and Anglo-Saxon countries in the preparation of the Christmas goose.

For phytotherapic healing applications, it was used very frequently in ancient and medieval times, both leaves, flowers and the root are used.
In Chinese medicine it acts as a hot plant and is used against flatulence, stomach and intestinal diseases, hemorrhoids and to regulate the flow of energy. The leaves are used in Chinese medicine for moxibustion.
Even among the ancient Greeks it was very important in the gynecological branch: against pain and cramping of the menstruation and favored bleeding in the absence of menstruation. They also used this plant for abdominal discomfort, ovarian inflammation, vaginal discharge and bladder cartilage. It should not be used, in any form, in pregnancy and in feverish states.
Footbaths, tea and herbal pillows with mugwort leaves and flowers help manage stress and nervous sleep disorders. In herbal medicine and in modern medicine, it is used for headache, loss of appetite, menopause, nausea, disorders in the menstrual cycle, restlessness, gall bladder problems.

Do not drink for more than a week and at most 3 cups a day, preferably before or during meals ..
For tea, pour a teaspoon of dried or fresh leaves with 250 ml of boiling water and leave to infuse for three minutes. If you don’t like its strong and bitter taste, sweeten it with honey.

Boil two handfuls of the flowering grass with three liters of water and leave to soak for five minutes. Strain and put in the hot bath on the feet. You can also use it cold, against swelling.

The dye can be used internally for gastrointestinal problems and externally to deflate aching feet, legs and muscles.
For dyeing, the freshly ground root is used and then half-filled with a glass jar, pour over 60% alcohol so that everything is covered. Strain after 3 weeks and store in a dark dropper bottle.

It is applied to massage tired legs, feet, muscle pain, tension and rheumatism. To prepare, coarsely crush leaves, flowers and roots and fill an airtight glass jar.
Fill with oil. No bubbles should form. Shake daily and leave for three weeks in a sunny place. Then filter, keep cool in a dark bottle.


Sagebrush fumigations were traditionally used by Indo-European and Indian shamans to drive away evil spirits and negative influences and to mentally and physically clean people and places.
Furthermore, smoking has a calming and calming effect, helps with rituals of energy cleansing and auric cleaning and meditation. Incense promotes a deep relaxation, almost a trance that leads to out-of-body experiences, oneiric interpretations and clairvoyance.

The ancient English blessing of the nine herbs is very well known: a mixture of Germanic-Celtic, ancient and Christian traditions. It dates back to the 11th century and was translated into German by Johann Hoops in 1889. It begins with a tribute to artemisia.
“Remember, Artemisia, what you announce, what you order in a solemn manifestation.
One, name, the oldest of the herbs; You have power against 3 and 30, you have power against the poison and against the contagion, you have power against the evil that crosses the country. “
It was said that the mugwort allows the connection between the world of the gods and the world of spirits and our earthly world.
At the summer solstice ceremony and in the Middle Ages the mugwort was thrown into the fire to burn all that was harmful and to protect itself from evil.
In the Middle Ages, traditionally, it was tied to a ridge with the points pointing downwards to avoid lightning.

The Taoists used it to secure a long life or tried to achieve immortality.

A Celtic ritual was the jump on the fire of the summer or winter solstice, in which the rider had to wear a belt of braided mugwort. Jumping had traditionally been considered a symbol of driving away diseases. It was said that the plant gave the power to jump without burning and after the jump, the belt was thrown into the fire to free itself from the negativities and damaging energy or demonic injuries. In German countries it is also called MACHTWURZ, which means almost spice of power: mugwort.

Also used as a magic bag, it protects against vibrations and negative energies while the pure clean root is worn as an amulet for protection against entities and energies or protection for mothers and unborn children, hence the common name of Pianta di Maria -MARIAS HERBAL in the Anglo-Saxon countries .

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