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Botanical name: Artemisia vulgaris. Locally grown here in Northern NSW. Whole leaf.
Mugwort was the original beer brewing herb of Europe and is traditionally thought to be tonifying to the liver, due to its bitterness. Mugwort has a long history of use both, medicinally and magically. Mugwort use can be traced around the world right back to ancient Rome, throughout Europe, in China and North America - where the original peoples used it as a smudge. Mugwort is a popular alternative smoking herb, tasty and very cool. Try smoking some and drinking a tea made from the herb and placing some under your pillow at night before bed for enhanced dreams. In modern herbalism Mugwort has also been used to stimulate and ease discomfort during menstruation.
Precaution: Mugwort is an emmenagogue (stimulates blood flow during menstruation), do not take this herb when pregnant.