Mugwort (Damong Maria): A Woman’s Natural Medicine Against Menstrual Problems

Mugwort is an ancient magical herb that is used to treat a number of ailments. It is said to be the protector of women’s health since it is widely known for its ability to treat female-specific disorders and stimulate the proper circulation of blood.

This plant is abundant, wild, and grows in almost every part of the world possesses anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory effects.

Studies revealed that mugwort has natural emmenagogue properties. This helps stimulate menstruation and help regulate the cycle of menstruation (even in young women just entering their menstrual phase of life). Because of this, it should not be taken by pregnant women.

Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar says that:

“When the menstrual cycle has been suppressed for a long time, mugwort is one of the best herbs to use.”

It is a uterine tonic used to strengthen and enliven the female reproductive system. It helps relax muscles to assist with heavy cramping and has an antispasmodic effect that can help soothe cramping on a woman’s first 2 days of bleeding. It also treats other problems associated with monthly periods, including headaches, fatigue, and nausea.

How to Use Mugwort

This powerful herb is recommended to be used internally for no longer than 3-5 days in a row. It should be taken 2-3 days before and 2-3 days after the period.

1. Infusion

Add 1-2 teaspoons of dried Mugwort leaves in 1 cup of freshly boiled water. Cover and steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain and drink 3 times a day.

This drink has a bitter taste. It would be a good idea if we combine it with other flavorful herbs like Lemon Balm, Ginger, or Lavender.

2. Tincture

Fill a glass jar with the plant material. If using dried mugwort, fill the jar 1/3 full. If using fresh mugwort, fill jar 3/4 full. Fill the rest of the jar with vodka. Just make sure all plant material is submerged and then cover the jar tightly. Store in a dark, dry place for at least one month, shaking it up at least once every couple of days. The longer it sits, the stronger the tincture is, so 1-3 months is fine. Strain and bottle in a dropper bottle.

(Dosage: start with 1-2 droppers full three times, per day)

3. Applying it topically onto the lower abdomen.

Some Other Health Benefits Of Mugwort

Digestive Stimulant

Since mugwort is a bitter herb, it can aid in stimulating gastric juices and solve a variety of digestive issues like constipation, sluggish digestion, and poor absorption of vitamins and minerals.

Possesses Diuretic Properties

It encourages urination, thus removing our excess salts and toxins from the body.

Helps Alleviate Joint Pain

Mugwort contains Borneol which is said to be responsible for its pain-relieving effect in arthritis.