This mugwort was grown in my large garden, which according to the owner of the land has never seen the use of any chemicals or pesticides for at least the past 20 years (if not since the beginning of time). It was lovingly and gratefully harvested, and dried with care.
From the wonderful book Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers by Stephen Harrod Buhner: "Mugwort is one of the primary sacred herbs of the ancient Europeans and is noted as one of the nine sacred herbs in the Lacnunga, a Wessex writing of the tenth century. Remains of smoked mugwort wreaths have ben found in ancient Irish archeological sites."
Mugwort is one of my favorite herbs to use as smoke medicine, burning the leaves fresh or dried, or long wands of dried mugwort to clear stagnant energies and influences, purify my living and working space, for protection, and to call on Dreaming before bed.
Mugwort was (and can still be) a common brewing herb, added as the bitter element to ales, meads, and wines. (In old english, the word "wort" meant "a plant, herb, or vegetable used for food or medicine"). Before the use of hops was spread by the influence of Protestant church, mugwort, yarrow, and other bitter herbs were used in its place.
Mugwort has also long been used as a sacred plant for those who menstruate. It is an emmenagogue, meaning it warms and stimulates the uterus, eases menstrual cramps, and brings on the menses when flow is scanty or delayed. For this reason, mugwort is not recommended during pregnancy or if you are trying to conceive.
I also enjoy mugwort baths and foot baths, brewing a strong decoction and adding it to a full tub. They feel purifying, relaxing, and gently detoxifying.
Packed in a kraft tin-tie bag.