Mugwort aka Artemisia vulgaris


Why Mugwort???

I first learned about mugwort during a Foraging Apprentice Course series from Charm City Yoga. The program was 4 Saturdays. Each day we sent to a different park and/or farm to learn more about what the earth naturally provides for us.

Although readily available in the area where I live, I decided to grow some on my property. I am drawn to this plant. It calls to me and speaks to my spirit. It told me to harvest and create smudge sticks along with other natural materials I grow. Spirit told me to give it away.

Where does this mugwort come from?

This was grown in Baltimore County, MD and harvested by hand in July and August of 2019.

What about the other herbs?

Those also were grown and hand harvested in Baltimore County, MD in July and August of 2019. Other herbs may include basil, lavender, hyssop and mint.

How can I use mugwort?

As a smudge to clear the energy in your space. It has ancillary evidence to aid with stomach problems, irregular menstrual periods, anxiety (as a tea) and to aid with sleeping. It is also used in Asian practices for moxibustion.

What is smudging?

Burning of various sacred substances such as herbs, resins or woods in order to purify the energy in a given space, on a person or things such as jewelry, clothes, etc.

Why smudge?

  • Smudging purifies the air by killing airborne bacteria

  • Clear energy in rooms that accumulate and store negative energy such as bathroom, home office, bedrooms, closets, basements, etc.

  • Create a gentle link to the spirit world

What items do I need to smudge?

  • A smudge stick

  • A fire proof container such as a ceramic bowl, abalone shell or bowl filled with sand

  • Candle or lighter

How do I complete a smudge ceremony?

  1. Establish your CLEAR intent for the ceremony.

  2. Ask your guides for assistance that can benefit your intent

  3. Smudge the space, person, items with your intention at the center of your heart and mind

  4. Give thanks for the ceremony and the energy of blessings and protection


  • Would not recommend internal use for pregnant women as it may cause uterus contractions

  • People who are allergic to the Asteracea/Compositae plant family which includes ragweed, mums, marigolds and daisies may also experience allergic reactions to mugwort. Those allergic to birch, celery or wild carrot should also take caution.

History of mugwort

In the Middle Ages it was called St. John's Plant (Cingulum Sancti Johannis) because it was believed to be worn by John the Baptist to protect against beasts and spirits. It is also thought to be one of the nine sacred herbs given to the world by the god Woden.

The magic of mugwort

This plant is associated with the moon and often the female reproductive system. In some magical traditions it is used in divination and as a dream aid. It is often said to be one of the key herbs to aid in magical practices.


The Healing Power of Smudging by Rodika Tchi

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