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Mugwort

Mugwort is a common name for several species of aromatic plants in the genus Artemisia. In Europe, mugwort most often refers to the species Artemisia vulgaris, or common mugwort. While other species are sometimes referred to by more specific common names, they may be called simply “mugwort” in many contexts. For example, one species, Artemisia argyi, is often called “mugwort” in the context of Traditional Chinese Medicine but may be also referred to by the more specific name “Chinese mugwort”. Artemisia princeps is Korean mugwort (Korean name: ssuk, 쑥). It is also found in Japan and Japanese mugwort is known as yomogi (ヨモギ).

Mugworts are used medicinally, especially in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean traditional medicine. Some mugworts have also found a use in modern medicine for their anti-herpetic effect. They are also used as an herb to flavor food. In Korea, mugworts were also used for plain, non-medicinal consumption; in South Korea, mugworts, called ssuk, are still used as a staple ingredient in many dishes including rice cakes and soup.

Other benefits and effects of Mugwort:

  • It contains a number of beneficial components such as triterpenes, flavonoids and coumarin derivatives among others
  • All of these offer digestive and relaxing properties to anyone who consumes the herb
  • Mugwort can be used to stimulate suppressed or irregular periods.
  • Mugwort also has sedative properties, which makes it beneficial for those suffering from insomnia
  • In fact, due to its hallucinogenic properties, it is commonly called a ‘dream herb.’
  • The herb is commonly used in sleep pillows to improve lucid dreaming.
  • Mugwort can also soothe the mind and keep stress at bay due to its sedative properties.

consult your physician before attempting to heal a serious condition, also if you are on medication such as antidepressants

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