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Artemisia vulgaris

This plant is sometimes connected to the Moon because it enhances dreams, especially of the prophetic sort, and helps with lucid dreaming.  This magick herb can be stuffed into dream pillows or drunk as a tea for dream enhancement and is often included in modern flying ointments. Along similar lines, it is often utilized to consecrate and dress instruments for divination, like crystal balls and scrying mirrors, and is said to aid in astral travel and generally with out-of-body experiences. Sacred to the Druids and to Diana/Artemis, it contains the planetary metal for Venus (copper). Combine mugwort 1:2 with white sandalwood to make a mugwort incense. Top

In Herbalism

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this herb is considered warming to the womb, increasing circulation so that fertility is improved (don't ingest if you are pregnant).  In the past, travelers padded the insides of their shoes with it to prevent foot soreness, perhaps on account of a story of a saint who did the same and perhaps because of the leaves' cottony undersides, which also provide the substance moxa, used in Eastern medicine. It is a common ingredient in herbal smoking blends, along with coltsfoot and passionflower.  Like wormwood, mugwort contains thujone, which is considered a neurotoxin, although the information on its toxicity is derived solely from rat studies. Top

Non-Magickal Uses

The scent of the leaves is handy for keeping moths out of stored clothing. Mugwort was also used to flavor beer before the more sedating hops replaced it.  A dream-enhancing beer--now that's some brew! This herb is also known as Felon Herb, St. John's Plant, and Cingulum Sancti Johannis. Top

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Uses in Witchcraft & Magic:

Flying Ointments
Moon Herb

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