Mugwort is one of this witch’s favorite magical herbs. I know I’m not alone as a mugwort fanatic! Witches have used mugwort for centuries magically and medicinally for a multitude of reasons. Learn all about mugwort, mugwort’s magical properties and 6 witchy uses.
Mugwort, species Artemisia vulgaris, is a flowering perennial herb with a long history in the medical and magical realms. Notice anything special about the genus name Artemisia? Artemis-ia. Artemisia is a popular Greek name for girls and means “Gift of Artemis”, tying this powerful herb to the Wild Goddess of the Hunt herself. Mugwort grows wild throughout Europe, Asia and North America and has been used for culinary, magical and medicinal purposes for centuries.
In Europe, mugwort is used to flavor the Christmas goose. It has a bitter taste that is typically used to flavor heavy meat dishes. In Japan and Korea, mugwort flavors soups, stews and traditional desserts. Too much of mugwort is not a good thing, though. Then again, I don’t think you’ll want to eat it in high quantities!
Medicinally, mugwort is used in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine for various ailments including cardiac complaints and Prenatal care. The indigenous tribes in North America used mugwort for various medicinal purposes, as well. Mugwort oil is effective as a pesticide and has been used as such for years.
We’ve talked culinary and medicinal properties of mugwort, now let’s talk about the mugwort’s many magical properties! The most popular magical property of mugwort is dream work. Mugwort contains a constituent called thujone, which is also present in Wormwood. Wormwood is the Mildly psychoactive ingredient in absinthe. WARNING: thujone is toxic in high amounts or over a prolonged period of time!
Drink mugwort tea before bed and you’ll receive vivid and sometimes prophetic dreams. In addition to mugwort being a dreaming herb, it is also effective for the following: opening the third eye/psychic abilities, attracting and ridding ghosts, divination, protection and cleansing.
How you use mugwort in your personal practice is entirely up to you! However, if you need ideas, here are 6 powerful mugwort uses for magic:
One of the most potent mugwort magic uses is to burn it in a bundle to attract spirits. This is a particularly favorite method for paranormal investigators and mediums alike. Burn the bundle and use it to smoke-cleanse yourself before spirit work. Then when you’re done with spirit contact, cleanse yourself again and step over the burning bundle (carefully!) This ensures no spirits follow you home. Mugwort has long been associated with spirit contact.
Drinking a bit of mugwort tea before bed will often provide lucid and prophetic dreams. Mugwort is well-known in the magical community for being a dream-inducer. Personally, it sometimes also induces waking spiritual visions. Be careful with mugwort tea, though: don’t drink it too often and if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding do not drink it at all!
Mugwort is not just an herb for psychic abilities and piercing the spiritual veil, it is also protective when used with intention. Add mugwort to a small sachet or muslin bag and hold it between your hands. Visualize the bag acting as a protective amulet. Then charge the bag in the moonlight and keep it on your person to protect against negativity.
Our good friend and blogger here at Otherworldly Oracle, Allorah Rayne, gave me this idea recently in our latest podcast. Make a magical mugwort hand wash to use for divination purposes. Set a small pot of water on the stove and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of mugwort (fresh or dried). Let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes then remove from heat. Allow to cool. Prior to a divination session (particularly helpful when reading cards or pendulum work), wash your hands in the mugwort magic infusion to increase the energy flow.
Just as you made the infusion for the mugwort hand wash above, make another infusion for a different use. Set a small pot of water on the stove and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of mugwort (fresh or dried). Let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes then remove from heat. Allow to cool. This time, add the mugwort infusion to a spray bottle. Gently spritz the mugwort magic spray around your home or sacred space to cleanse of negative energy and entities.
We’ve already discussed how potent mugwort magic is for dream work. Yes you can drink the mugwort tea if you’re not pregnant or breastfeeding, but if you want to try a different method, try this: make a mugwort dream pillow. This is as simple as cutting two equal squares of fabric (can be new from the store or from an old t-shirt, etc.). Turn the fabric insides out then sew almost all the way around, leaving an inch or two at one corner open. Then flip it right-side out. Fill with dry mugwort herb matter. Adding lavender or mint is an aromatic addition. Sew the opening closed. Then sleep with the pillow nearby to increase dreams.
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