Now let’s look at the many interesting edible and medicinal uses of mugwort powder —the reasons why this wonderful lady is a sure keeper.
Worms Be Gone!
Mugwort powder is in the same family as wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), and both are great at ridding the body of parasites, candida, and bacteria including Staphococcus aureus, Bacillus typhi, B. dysenteriae, streptococci, E. coli, B. subtilis, and pseudomonads. While you can drink the tea for this purpose, you can also try a mugwort powder in combination with other naturopathic treatments.
Mugwort Powder Dream a Little Third-Eye Dream
Mugwort powder is said to open the third eye and to spark vivid dreaming, so let’s get to making a dream pillow! Yours can be as simple as filling a sock with dried mugwort leaves, or as fancy as stuffing the dried leaves into a embroidered silk sachet. A cotton or organza bag works just fine, too. Simply place your dream pillow underneath your head pillow, and dream away! You can add some dried lavender in with the mugwort leaves to help ease you into peaceful slumber.
Mugwort Powder Clear the Bad Air
Science has officially recognized what folk medicine has known for centuries—that burning herbs to “clear the energy” does just that: It kills bad bacteria lingering around. Mugwort powder is antimicrobial, so whether you happen to be a health practitioner about to give a healing session (such as massage, reiki, reflexology, etc.), or you just want to get your house purged of nasty bacteria, consider using a mugwort smudge or incense.
To Make a Mugwort Smudge
Working with the fresh herb is best for this. You can use dried branches instead, but be aware that the dried leaves will create a fine mess when you go about twining them together with string. Chop off the top 1/3 of the flowering plant. Take off the smaller branches and lay them with the flowers at the top and the cut ends at the bottom. Trim the cut ends so that the pieces are about the same length. Take some cotton string and wrap the ends together, winding several times. Make a knot to secure the string in place. Then, continue wrapping the branches together, working up toward the flowery end. The string might have a zig-zag look, but don’t worry! Finish by wrapping the end bit with the flowers several times, then cut the string and secure it with a knot. Now let the smudge dry—drying will take some time.
To Use a Mugwort Smudge
While holding the end with the cut stems, light the opposite end with the flowers. Hold the smudge over an astray or other non-flammable object to collect the ashes, and walk around the room, letting the smoke from mugwort powder bring her clean, grounding energy. Do keep an eye on the smudge while you are doing this! To put out the smudge completely, douse the lit end in a mason jar filled with baking soda. You can reuse the smudge, if you like. You can also burn mugwort as an incense by placing a small bit of a dried branch in a non-flammable object like an incense holder, and lighting the branch at the flowering tip. Smudge rooms seasonally or as needed. Try smudging before meditation or burning mugwort powder as incense during meditation.
Mugwort Powder Re-mineralize with ‘strong bones vinegar’
A great way to get some of the calcium and magnesium required by strong, healthy bones is by using mugwort vinegar. You can make “strong bones vinegar” at home by lightly packing a mason jar of any size with fresh mugwort powder. Add apple cider vinegar to fill the jar, screw the lid on, and let it sit for 6 weeks before straining. As the leaves soak up the vinegar, you can add in more vinegar as needed. You can use plastic wrap or parchment paper to keep the metal lid from coming in contact with the vinegar and rusting. The apple cider vinegar will leach out the calcium and magnesium from the mugwort’s leaves. Some people like to shake the bottle on a daily basis, checking to see if any more vinegar is needed. If you’re like me (excuses: too busy or too lazy) and you only check it occasionally, your vinegar will turn out just fine anyway, so long as you leave it in a cool, dry place out of direct light.
Pour this vinegar over salads or add it to vinaigrettes. If you use an apple cider vinegar “with mother,” you will get the benefits of gut-friendly probiotics as well. And if you like this “strong bones vinegar,” try pairing the mugwort with chickweed (Stellaria media) or nettles (Urtica dioica), or use all three together to make a potent herbal bone vinegar.
Mugwort Powder Natural Insecticide Help
You can grow mugwort as a companion plant to dissuade aphids and other bothersome insects in the garden. However, since she can inhibit the growth of nearby plants, consider keeping her in a pot. She grows very well in containers, and can easily attain 2 feet of height. Another idea you can try is to use a weak mugwort powder to spray on infected plants as a natural insecticide.
Still not sold on the uses of mugwort? You might be when you consider these other uses that you can research further on your own (especially that last one):
- Use mugwort stalks or leaves for kindling.
- Add dried mugwort powder to a fire to help keep it smoldering.
- Rub mugwort leaves on skin as an antidote to poison oak.
- Since mugwort powder is an insect repellent, try adding essential oil of mugwort with other essential oils (such as neem, thyme, fennel, lemon eucalyptus, and others) to a carrier oil (such as coconut oil) to make your own natural insect repellent. Try using 20 drops total essential oils to 1 ounce oil.
- Infused mugwort oil can be used to aid in circulation, such as on varicose veins.
If you’re an acupuncturist/acupressurist, consider making your own moxa sticks from mugwort (“how to” instructions can be found on the Internet).
- Make mugwort beer. Mugwort was used in beer recipes before hops became the standard. Look for recipes for “gruit ale” on the Internet.