Latin Name : Artemisia Annua
Mugwort is a plant that grows in Asia, North America, and Northern Europe. The plant parts that grow above the ground and the root are used to make medicine.
Mugwort contains volatile oil, flavonoids, a sesquiterpene lactone, coumarin derivatives and triterpenes.
People take mugwort root as a “tonic” and to boost energy.
These are some of health conditions that mugwort can be used:
Digestive tract disorders: Mugwort is most commonly used to treat disorders of the digestive tract and aid in all digestive functions and is said to have properties that are antifungal, antibacterial, expectorative and antiasthmatic. It’s considered a good herb for gastric disorder, stomach pain and bowel complaints. It’s used for poor appetite, indigestion, travel sickness and stomach acidity.
Parasitic infections: Mugwort is thought to be effective in treating a wide range of parasitic infections, such as tapeworm, roundworm and threadworm. It is also considered effective against parasites like ringworms that infect the skin.
Irregular menstruation: Mugwort is used to stimulate irregular or suppressed menstruation. Some believe it stimulates the uterus and it’s useful for menstrual pain and cramps. Furthermore, it has been used to induce miscarriage probably due to the herb’s ability to interfere with menstruation.