Find common mugwort (artemisia vulgaris) in hedgerows and even by water, such as canals. Also in any hman waste-land, such as disused urban land, even tips. Best picked before flowering, usually July, and in general, after the dew has dried. Harvest roots around October.

It grows about 3-4 feet high. The stems are a reddish-brown. The leaves are possibly the easiest feature to recognise. They are green and smooth on top, but white, soft and hairy underneath. The flowers are small buttons in clusters, and are yellow and red-brown.

For trance, burn, as incense, smoking is also effective (but produces tar). An infused tea is very powerful, or even just kept by your bedside or under your pillow for dreamworking.

Uses: aids digestion, causing abortion, inducing trance states, dream walking, fights fatigue.

Use dried leaves for trance, and dried stems for rite fires. Works well as a tincture. Add a 1/2 a teaspoon of the dried herb in a cup to drink as a pre-divination tea.

Stimulates blood flow in the uterus and soothes nervous system, so useful for erratic and late menses, as well as anxiety. Eases labour and helps expel the afterbirth.

Hang above doorway to ward off the evil eye of passerbys. Throw in the hearth to request lightning to remain clear.

Make a tea to wipe or even rinse your scrying tools (black mirror, crystal balls, cups, plates, etc).

Believed to be a travelling companion, often worn inside shoes. Romans are reputed to have especially planted it by roadways for travellers.

Cautions: Know mugwort as an ally first. Dangerous for a woman with child. Preferable not to harvest near farms, without checking first, as the plant might be subject to chemical sprays used in crops. Plants in any public area, such as parks or canals, could be sprayed by order of local authorities.

Dosage: Always depends upon desired outcome. Safe* dosage is 2-3 grams, or 1-2 teaspoons, of the dried powdery herb in 1 cup.
Pour just off the boil water in a cup of the herb. Cover. Leave for 10-15 minutes. Strain. Can be drunk hot or cold, up to 3 times a day.

* Disclaimer: use plants at your own risk. Always research and know the plant first.


~ by sandra on October 12, 2005.

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