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Foraging your ingredients:- Mugwort

I love foraging for ingredients, I love that we all probably walked past these plants before not thinking that they have some really cool physical and metaphysical properties.

Mugwort is one of those herbs that you will have seen growing by a canal or on a wasteland. It’s super hardy and has a relatively long grow season. Found all over the UK it has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb. Mugwort can grow up to 1.5m high so it’s a big plant, the leaves are long with deeply incised lobes, dark Green on the upper and almost silver underneath. The smell of Mugwort is almost sage like and is a great seasoning for meats. It was also used to flavour beer before hops were discovered, how cool is that!

Medicinal properties include

  • Relieves Stress

  • Boosts Energy

  • Improves Sleep

  • Promotes Blood Circulation

  • Relieves Headaches

  • Supports Liver Health

  • Relieves Itching

  • Eases Digestion

  • Repels Insects

  • Relieves Muscle Aches

  • Normalises Menstrual Cycle

Magically Mugwort is often associated with the female reproductive system because of its links to the moon and can be used to delay menstruation ( do not use this herb without proper medical advise or if you are pregnant ).

It has historically been used as a cure for demonic position, fae curses and protection. It is also know to enhance meditation and dreaming, helping you sink in to a deeper relaxed state and encourages the user to connect to the divine feminine within.

Use mugwort as an incense, smudge stick for cleansing and purifying, in spell bags and jars or even as part of a spiritual bath, the list is endless.

I harvested some of this amazing plant recently and made smudge sticks so as soon as they are dry I’m going to do some deep meditation and see how it effects it.

What other herbs do you use in your practice? We would love to hear from you in our Facebook group Altar Collective Coven

Love and Light

Becci and Holly

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