Mugwort is most widely known for its menstrual promoting properties, including its ability to bring on delayed menstruation and help restore a woman’s natural monthly cycle. The people of the Philippines use a mugwort native to their area for the same purpose, as well as Russians and Native Americans. In North America, the use of mugwort dates back to the seventeenth century where Women of the Cheyenne tribe used it to regulate their fertility. Women of other tribes such as the Blackfoot and Arapaho used it to stimulate missed menstruation as well.
Lactating women should never use mugwort. It has a tendency to dry up breast milk, and could also pass through the milk to the nursing child. Mugwort should not be used by women who have had a recent pelvic inflammation. People with seasonal allergies or asthma should avoid mugwort. People with an allergy to peaches may have a hypersensitivity to mugwort. Mugwort should not be used for longer than 7 days.
One of the more interesting traditional uses of mugwort is that of a dream herb. Mugwort is often used as one of the main ingredients of sleep pillows. It is said to bring the dreamer more lucid dreams. In North America, the use of mugwort dates back to the seventeenth century. Women of the Cheyenne tribe used “woman’s” mugwort, Artemisia frigida, known commonly as prairie sagewort, to regulate their fertility. Women of other tribes, the Blackfoot and Arapaho, used it to stimulate missed menstruation.
WARNING LEVEL: High Risk Associated with Use
LAST MENSTRUAL CYCLE: If Your Last Menstrual Cycle Started About 4 Weeks Ago
POSSIBLY TOXIC: DEATH ASSOCIATED WITH USE, Can Effect the Heart, Contains Thujone
UTERINE AND HORMONAL EFFECTS: Contracts Uterus, Increases Blood Flow to the Uterus, Increases Estrogen
ALSO KNOWN AS: muggins, St. John’s girdle, felon herb, cingulum, santa, sailor’s tobacco, wormwood, bulwand, green ginger.
IS USED FOR: has a variety of uses
HOW IT’S PREPARED:
- Infusion (leaves): 3 Tsp. (15 ml) to one cup (250 ml) water. Steep 15 -20 minutes, three times a day for up to seven days.
- Tincture (fresh leaves): 1:5, 50% alcohol, 10 – 25 drops, four to six times a day, for up to seven days.
- Powdered Leaves: 5 – 7 #0 capsules four to six times a day, for up to seven days.
POSSIBLE SIDE-EFFECTS AND SIGNS OF TOXICITY: headache, dizziness, nausea hallucinations, cramps, tremor, stupor, and epileptiform seizures
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