Mugwort Smudge Bundle
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) is a versatile sacred herb. It can be used for spiritual cleansing, protection, healing, and consecration, and it can aid dream work, trance, and intuitive development.
Mugwort is also used specifically to release or protect from negative entities, spirits or attachments from a person. This includes strongholds of the mind. Often used in combination with White Sage.
Associated with the Full Moon and with the Summer Solstice since ancient times, Mugwort also is suitable for rituals year round.
Mugwort is mildly stimulating to the nervous system, reducing tension and increasing circulation and nutrition in the nerves and muscles.
Mugwort is also associated with menstruation. It increases circulation to warm up the uterus and pelvic region, move the blood, remove stagnant blood (the source of cramps, stiffness and pain) and regulate hormone levels. Some use it as a general menstrual cramp regulator (particularly for congestive cramps with symptoms of feeling heavy, thick, pain in the lower back and general stagnancy) or for violent cramps.
Disclaimer: Mugwort should not be used with or around pregnant women as it stimulates the uterus. Unless under supervision of medical professionals for turning a breach pregnancy.
In Chinese medicine, fibers from mugwort leaf are rolled into moxa sticks and burned as moxibustion. The sticks are placed over cold, stiff joints to increase warmth and circulation. Applied closer to the skin, the sticks are used to cause blistering and burning to draw blood to the surface of the skin and to draw toxins out of the connective tissue in the joints. Applied further away, the area of the body warmed draws blood into the connective tissue to strengthen the joints.
Mugwort can cause an allergic reaction to those with sensitivities to plants in the Asteraceae family. It should not be used during pregnancy as it stimulates the uterus.