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Effect: relax you, then, when you sleep, you have colorful and/or weird dreams.

How it is: Kind on the throat and fluffy just like mullein.

Pro:  Awesome when you like to have dreams that you can remember. Many benefits too! Does not smell a lot when it is smoked.

Medical Benefits: remedy for painful menstruation, stimulate the digestion, treat colic, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, great for moxibustion

Best with: On its own or with Calea zacatechichi for hardcore dreams.


A mugwort leaf with the pointed leaves charact...
A mugwort leaf with the pointed leaves characteristic of a mature plant (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mugwort (Artemesia Vulgaris) has quite a history in many countries. Used as a magical herb during Middle Ages,  Mugwort is also used nowadays as an ingredient for many japanese, korean or chinese dishes.

Mugwort is a plant that grows in Europe, Asia, and British isles. Other commonly used names for this herb include felon herb, naughty man, chrysanthemum weed, old uncle henry, and wild wormwood.  Since it was used by sailors instead of tobacco or cannabis, it was also known as sailor’s tobacco. The edible parts of this herb are its leaves and roots.


This plant was used by the Roman soldiers in their sandals to prevent their feet from getting fatigued. Americans relate this herb to witchcraft. The native Americans used to rub the herb on their body to protect themselves from ghosts. They also used to wear necklaces made of the leaves of this herb to avoid dreams about dead people.

This herb was used by pagans for their rituals. Travelers also used this herb to protect them from evil spirits and dangerous animals. Centuries ago, this herb was used in herbal medicine, food, and as a smoking herb.

Medicinal Uses

In herbal medicine, this herb has been used to treat cardiovascular problems, feelings of unease, malaise, unwellness, abnormal bleeding, high-grade fever, cold, cough, purging the stomach of impurities, flatulence, bloating, intestinal parasites, indigestion, malabsorption of nutrients, epilepsy, fits, cerebral palsy, burning, chronic pain, itching, wart, rash from poison oak, loss of appetite, chronic stomach complaints, rheumatic disorder, nervous problems, spasms, sterility, asthma, abnormal menstrual bleeding and other menstrual complaints, and brain disease. It also strengthens the digestive system.

It also expels pinworms in the intestine. Mugwort has many medicinal properties such as stimulant, antibacterial, purgative, anthelmintic, nervine, anti-inflammatory, hemostatic, antiseptic, expectorant, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, carminative, digestive, diaphoretic, and cholagogue properties.

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Because of these properties, it is also used to thin blood. Mugwort is used in the treatment called moxibustion where it is attached to acupuncture needles. It works on the affected area by releasing heat. This technique is very effective in treating breech babies to change their cephalic position during delivery. Even though it has so many medicinal properties, it should not be used by lactating women as this herb can pass through milk to the infant.

Since the leaves are bitter in taste, they are used as a bitter flavoring agent in foods to season meat, fish, and fat. It is also used on roasted goose which is done for Christmas. It is used by the Chinese and Japanese in many foods such as juices and rice cakes. It has many essential oils such as thujone, wormwood, and cineole. Mugwort also contains derivates of coumarin, triterpenes, and flavonoids. This herb has found its use as an insect repellent too to eliminate moths from fields and gardens. It is also used as a smudging herb for divination.


Mugwort also has hallucinogenic properties. This psychoactive herb is used by some people as a dream enhancer by putting it under their pillow. This mild hallucinogen can be brewed or smoked.

Many users have reported astral travel and prophetic dreams with the use of this herb. This herb was used in the manufacturing of beers. Since mugwort is a mild hallucinogen, it does not cause any harmful side effects.

Where to buy mugwort

QuantityAmazon Bouncing Bear Botanicals
1 oz (28g) powder$2.95 (0.10$/g)
4 oz (114g) powder $6.50 (0.05$/g)
$5.00 (0.04$/g)
8 oz (228g) powder $12.50 (0.05$/g)
16 oz (454g) powder$22.75 (0.05$/g)
$12.00 (0.02$/g)
As you can see in the table, when it comes to large quantity of mugwort, Bouncing Bear Botanicals offers the better price. They also sell live plants.
We suggest amazon or ebay if you wanna try a small quantity or drink it through an extract

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