Mugworts are wise wild weeds that are known as both a medicinal and spiritual ally for Native Americans. 

They would make and wear necklaces from the herb to promote pleasant dreams. It was also rubbed over the body to repel spirits.

Native American women would also use it to start a delayed menstrual cycle. It has also been used traditionally in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Mugwort has a long history of use for mystical and practical applications.

Mugworts: Current Usage

Today, you will often see mugworts used for its emmenagogue actions.

It is a great help in regulating and stimulating the menstrual cycle. It is known to bring warmth to the womb. Kickstarting stagnated, delayed, and heavy menstrual cycles into a regular rhythm. 

Being an aromatic bitter, it also helps to stimulate and support the digestive system. It also works on the liver, stimulating and supporting its action.

The calming side of mugwort makes it a powerful aid in the management of nervous conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, and depression.


Energetically, mugwort is a warming herb, which contributes to its influence on the menstrual system. It is also bitter, which helps its digestive and liver support.

More on the Mystic

Mugwort is still used for a variety of different ceremonies and traditions.

It aids Shamanic journeys and is often burnt for protection, clarity, and blessings. Prophetic dreaming is another area that mugwort is still very helpful for.

If you want to shift your dream state, try popping some mugwort in a muslin bag, keep it near your pillow and see where your dreams take you.

Katherine Knott

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