Mugwort is a member of the daisy family. This perennial plant has angular reddish-brown stems and bitter-tasting leaves that can be used in cooking, or dried and made into herbal supplements. Considered as a common weed, mugwort is often destroyed as it spreads aggressively, often taking over large areas of a garden. But the truth is, the parts of the plant that grow above ground and its roots possess health-promoting properties that can be beneficial in the treatment of various health problems.
Mugwort Health Benefits
Supports Digestive Health
Mugwort’s bitter taste is believed to stimulate bile and gastric juice secretion thus making it a useful treatment for gas, diarrhea, constipation, and vomiting.
Helps Manage Problems With The Female Reproductive System
The herb is also thought to help relax the uterus, and therefore induce a late menstrual cycle and relieve other problems associated with monthly periods, including headaches, fatigue, nausea, and abdominal pains. Steeping it into a tea can help us enjoy these benefits.
Have Soothing Effects
This herb can be used for the purpose of calming down the nervous system. It is one of the prime herbs for those suffering from hysteric attack or epileptic attack.
Possesses Diuretic Properties
Mugwort has diuretic properties that make it effective in removing excess salts and toxins from the body. It increases the amount of our urine so that we can easily get rid of the harmful substances that are present in our body.
Helps Treat Intestinal Worms
Having vermifuge properties, the herb can be an effective treatment for intestinal worms which hinder the process of absorption of nutrients from the food we eat. It was found to be effective against roundworm and tapeworm.
How To Use Mugwort
There are numerous ways to take mugwort. Some may take it as a tea, rub it on their body, or use it in cooking as a substitute for other strong aromatics such as parsley or cilantro.
How To Make A Mugwort Tea
Heat water to a boil. Use 1 or 1.5 heaped teaspoons of mugwort for each cup of water. In a teapot or French press, pour the water over the tea. Cover and leave to infuse for 8-10 minutes. Strain out the mugwort and serve.