Mugwort (Artemisia ludoviciana)
Western mugwort, White sagebrush, Silver wormwood
Harvest stems before the plant begins to produce seeds by cutting the stems at the base of the plant. Leave the roots intact, and leave enough vegetation on each plant so that it can continue to photosynthesize and grow season after season. With the tops of the stems facing the same direction, tie them into a bundle and hang in a dry, ventilated area until fully dry.
USDA Growing Zone(s): Western mugwort is hardy to zones 4-9.
Western mugwort is tolerant to drought, rabbits, and deer, and it grows best in poor to moderately fertile soil. It prefers full sun and well-draining soil.
This fragrant perennial plant can grow to 4 feet tall and spread through rhizomes and self-seeding; take care if you want to prevent it from spreading.
This plant has historically been used for cleansing and purification as a smudge stick, in which the stems are tied together to form a bundle and then the bundle is burned to create an aromatic smoke. Mugwort leaves placed under the pillow have also traditionally been thought to ward off bad dreams as well as make dreams more vivid. It’s also historically been used to treat a variety of ailments, including headaches, stomach aches, and menstrual disorders.
Stories & Traditions
Mugwort gets the name Artemisia from Artemis, the Greek goddess of the moon and wild animals.
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