Throughout Europe and China, mugwort is traditionally used to boost energy, reduce stress, promote circulation, and support liver health. Recent studies have shown enough evidence to suggest that moxibustion use of mugwort, a therapeutic practice that uses mugwort smoke, effectively reduces pain in arthritis. Clinical research has found that the effects of moxibustion could help in symptom management in people with osteoarthritis of the knee, a common condition in older adults. A 2008 study in the Netherlands found that 87% of people with celery allergies were also allergic to mugwort, while 52% of people with birch allergies and 26% of people with caraway allergies also had mugwort allergies. There is no recommended dose of mugwort in any form. Mugwort supplements may be safer because the dose is more controlled. As a general rule, do not exceed the dose indicated on the product label. If you decide that a pinch of dried mugwort is exactly what you need to connect with the free spirit of the divine feminine, we leave you a poetic ode to this mystical herb: The dream herb, as some like to call it, has a long history not only as a spiritual ally and medicinal plant, but also as a spice. Food and flavors for beer and other beverages. But you`ve already thought about smoking mugwort, then you`ll be pampered. Relax and reconnect with the mysticism of Artemis and discover the benefits of smoking mugwort. Roman soldiers put mugwort in their shoes to relieve pain in the feet of walking.
Your doctor and pharmacist can give you valuable advice on herbal products such as mugwort. Be sure to talk to them before you start anything medical. A chemical called artemisinin is found in the root, stem, leaves, and flowers of the mugwort plant. When consumed, artemisinin is said to cause mild contractions of the uterus that promote regular periods. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is sometimes used to induce labor. Mugwort is considered an invasive species in some areas. It is growing so fast that it is illegal to grow it in some states. To avoid potentially hefty fines, check local and state regulations before growing mugwort.
However, many U.S. cities and states, such as New York and Louisiana, have banned mugwort when it is intended for human consumption. The law excludes “the possession, planting, cultivation, cultivation or harvesting” of this plant if it is used “exclusively for aesthetic, landscape or decorative purposes”. The roots, leaves, stems and flowers of the mugwort plant are all used in traditional medicine to make tinctures, extracts, tonics, teas, powders and essential oils. While you can certainly smoke mugwort alone instead of being properly mixed into a smoke mixture, some people may also be allergic to mugwort without knowing it. It is a relative of ragweed, which is the scourge of many allergy sufferers when pollen counts are highest. Using mugwort as a dietary supplement or homeopathic remedy is generally safe, but you should discuss this with your doctor beforehand. Mugwort, also known as Sailor`s Tobacco, is an excellent smokable herb that is a natural alternative to nicotine-free tobacco.
It`s also a great ingredient that we love to use in some of the high-end herb roll toppings you`ll find in our shop, an eco-friendly way to smooth your expensive favorite grass and save money. Since there is not enough scientific information to determine a proper dosage for mugwort, experts recommend using this mystical herb in moderation. For people with ragweed allergies, smoking mugwort could be dangerous, especially if they also have asthma. Similarly, mugwort should be avoided during pregnancy or lactation. The parts of the mugwort plant that grow above the ground are used to make essential oil. The compounds in the oil, including camphor, pinene, and cineole, are said to have powerful antioxidant, antibacterial, and antifungal effects. The great texture and understated taste of mugwort as a smokable herb makes it ideal to include in our herbal incense blends in combination with other fragrant herbs that can be smoked, such as skullcap or even damiana for tastier experiences. You can also try smoking thyme, smoking chamomile or reading more about cloves.
They also provide an inexpensive way and a more neutral flavor than smoking tobacco to preserve the terpene flavors of your precious legal herb and taste intact in a spliff. A lot of historical anecdotal evidence (and many, many natural healing publications) suggests that general use of mugwort may have many health benefits, but we can`t say exactly where and when this related wormwood became fashionable as smoke. A quick search for the benefits of mugwort will yield many different results regarding the effects of mugwort, from helping menstruation to lucid dreaming and even as an insect repellent! Mugwort has leaves between two and four inches long with soft, gray or white hairs on the underside. The deeply lobed leaves resemble those of chrysanthmus (a common garden flower) and ragweed seedlings. However, mugwort has a distinctive sage smell that others miss. Together, these compounds put the user to sleep and stimulate hallucinations, which explains mugwort`s association with vivid and often psychedelic dreams. When consumed in a modest dose, the psychoactive effects of mugwort remain mild, but when taken in higher doses, can induce stronger results. In fact, it could be very dangerous, but more research into the risks is needed. For thousands of years, traditional medicine has used mugwort smoke to treat ailments. It can be smoked like tobacco or burned near the skin.
In both forms, smoke contains cancerous and harmful chemicals. But thujones aren`t the only psychoactive ingredients at work here. There are three additional terpenes in A. vulgaris that work synergistically with them to explain the calming and mildly psychedelic effects of mugwort: Many people consider mugwort to be a common weed. It spreads aggressively and can occupy large parts of a garden. Since it is related to ragweed, people with ragweed allergies may also be allergic to mugwort. The secrets of this therapeutic plant lie in its composition. Do you remember the psychoactive compounds in mugwort, α and thujone β? Research has shown that these terpenes can also stimulate uterine muscles and relieve pain through their anesthetic properties. Although aromatic mugwort is native to northern Europe, Asia, and North Africa, it has been naturalized throughout much of the United States. It was introduced to the Western world by European settlers as a medicinal herb. Since then, this legendary herb has spread across the continent as an unstoppable force on roadsides, garden borders, and farms.
People involved in dream work and lucid dreaming (being aware and controlling your dreams) advertise that mugwort is able to: Be sure to check your local and state regulations before growing mugwort. There are heavy fines for growing this medicinal plant in some states. For more information, see the legal status of mugwort. Although you should discuss this with your doctor before trying to smoke anything, mugwort, aside from rare allergic reactions, is generally considered relatively safe to smoke and ingest. However, as with anything you smoke, mugwort has the standard risks associated with smoking. It can cause tar and other unhealthy substances to build up in your lungs, especially if you mix mugwort with cannabis or worse, smoke mugwort with tobacco. For this purpose, mugwort-based “lucid dreaming tea” is often used. These purported benefits of mugwort have not been proven.
Similar to other popular smokable herbs such as St. John`s wort or mullein, the smoking effects of mugwort have been little studied and should be studied in more detail in the future. In high doses, thujones can become neurotoxins that cause vomiting and seizures. For this reason, eating large amounts of mugwort can be toxic, especially if you opt for the oil, which usually contains high concentrations of this psychoactive compound.