Mugwort (Artemisia) herb
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This herb is native to the Britons, Asians, North Africans, Alaskans and some Europeans especially those who live in temperate climates.
It grows to a height of 0.9meters, has dark-green leaves and purple stalks. It has an erect stem with purplish-red tinge. The flowers are quite small measuring just half a centimetre long and dark-red or yellowish petals. The flowers are symmetrical and numerous, spreading out.
The herb has various names such as Old Man, Felon Herb, Sailor’s Tobacco, Wild Wormwood Artemisia vulgaris and Common Mugwort.
Mugwort will help to
- Inn soles to keep feet from getting tired.
- Protection from wild animals.
- Make travel plans perfect.
- Induce visions.
- General protection when travelling.
The Greek associate it with goddess who they believe is responsible for fertility, hunting and landscape. In the Roman Empire, the soldiers wore Mugwort in their feet wear and this prevented their feet from getting tired from the long distance that they used to travel while in the Americans associated it with witchcraft. They used to rub it on their bodies so as to shield them from the ghosts, in addition to that, they believed in wearing a necklace made with the herb’s leaves to avoid dreams of the dead. There are claims that John the Baptist wore a girdle of the leaves so as a protection from attacks by wild animals while in the wilderness.
On the overall, it is a protective herb that can even be used to make prevent disruption of scheduled journeys. There are several magical powers Artemisia herb which include offering protection for long distance travellers and overall protection of people from the effects of the evil spirits, in this case, you will have to burn a combination of star anise, mugwort and resin incenses in a charcoal burner.
In some instances, mugwort is used in crystal-gazing as well as mirror-scrying. When placed under the pillow, they are known to induce good dreams.
By Flo Saul
Aug 29, 2012