Traditional and Modern Use of Mugwort

How to Use Mugwort

Traditionally young Mugwort shoots and leaves where used in a condiment and eaten with fatty meats such as goose, duck, pork, mutton, eel etc.

A delicious Mugwort jelly goes extremely well with these foods.

The Japanese boil the leaves and shoots as a potherb, and they are used in traditional cakes called Mochi and Dango.

During the Dragon Boat festival in China, the leaves were used to wrap glutinous rice dumplings. And in China also, the shoots are added to soup.

Dried leaves and flowering tops have been used in making alcoholic beverages.

An oneirogenic (dream enhancing) tea can be made from the leaves, flowers, and tips.

Scientific name: Artemisia vulgaris
Family: Compositae

Toxicity, Contraindications and Side Effects of Mugwort

In no circumstance should mugwort be used in pregnancy because of its action on the womb to promote menstruation, which may cause an abortion.

Francois Couplan cautions that high doses of the herb can prove toxic.

People who are allergic to members of the daisy family, such as ragwort, daisies and marigold, and to which mugwort belongs, may be sensitive to the plant. Reviews of contact dermatitis by scientists Kurz and Rapaport, as well as Saito and team found that mugwort was a fairly common cause of this complaint.

Other sources support the plant’s reputation for causing sensitivities and dermatitis.

The potential chemical activity of common mugwort suggests that more research is needed, and that caution should be exercised.

Mugwort Recipes

7 thoughts on “Traditional and Modern Use of Mugwort

  1. I love this plant. I like to make wild crackers using yellow dock “flour” and the seeds of Artemisia vulgaris I roll onto the dough before baking. Adds a nice flavour! I’ll have to give your mugwort jelly a try – sounds good!

  2. Hi Robin Always enjoy your emails…just graduated myself in Western Herbal Medicine, but of course a new kid on the block as far as herbs are concerned. I was drawn to your information on Mugwort. I am currently taking liquid extract herbal mix for a horrible mosquito born virus called Ross River Fever and my research has lead to the herb Artmisia annua (sweet wormwood)..assume this is in the same family as Artesmia vulgaris?.Rumour has it that North Korean soldiers during the Korean was were given it to combat malaria with great success. Hope it works for me too. Can you shed any further light on this?…Thanks in advance.

  3. Hi Robin, I’m a newbie here and I’ve greatly enjoyed reading your beautifully described meeting with Lady M! I have just planted a bunch of young Mugwort plants grown from seed, and I can’t wait to see what will they be like. I’m experimenting with growing wild plants which I can’t find when foraging. Lady M sounds a bit scary but I will get to know her better 🙂 gotta try the jelly too. Thanks for sharing. Gabriella

  4. Hello like minded friends, My Japanese accupuncturist tells me that tradition is to shave the underside of the mugwort leaves and use this to burn at the other side of needle that is inserted into skin, very long process, that is rarely used now days because it is so time consuming.

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