Mugwort - Useful Herb for Digestion
Artemisia vulgaris Asteraceae/Compositae
Throughout Europe and around the Mediterranean, tufts of mugwort grow wild beside woodland paths and streams. Its upright stems When have reddish marks and can reach a height of 1. 5m. the deeply indented leaves are dark green on the top and white beneath. Tiny heads of small yellow or reddish brown flowers cluster around the stems in summer.
The presence of sesquiterpene lactones accounts for the bitter taste of mugwort. It also contains a little essential oil, flavonoids that have an antioxidant effect, coumarins, and some phytosterols, which appear to mimic the action of the female hormone, oestrogen.
Though few of its properties have been scientifically proven, mugwort is commonly prescribed to treat a whole range of digestive problems including slow digestion, indigestion and loss of appetite.
Mugwort is also known to be antispasmodic, so can help to ease intestinal cramps and is an effective remedy for period pains. There are centuries-old references to the effectiveness of mugwortin warding off disease and in 1989, scientists in China demonstrated the plant's antibacterial powers.
The herb is still prescribed to fight bacterial and fungal infections, and can be of great benefit when treating fevers, skin inflammation and rheumatism. It is also used to eliminate worms, an ability attributed to its essential oil and sesquiterpene lactones.
Mugwort can be grown from seed, which should be planted in spring. It does best in well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil. preferably in a sunny position.
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT digestive problems, intestinal worms
POWDER Take 2-4g a day. TINCTURE Put 30 drops into a glass of water. Take three times a day.
IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST CONSULT A DOCTOR
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