Mugwort

Artemisia vulgaris

Artemis Plant, Felon's Fern, Sailor's Tobacco, Cronewort

Native to

Europe, Northern Africa, Asia

A majority of the Witchlist's Garden include naturalized species that now live across the globe, for history's sake and to ensure we recognize any appropriation that we may make in our use of a plant, we include it's nativity.

Parts Used

  • Flowering Tops can be harvested in the fall

  • Leaves and stems can be harvested whenever they look happy and healthy. Typically by late spring in the wild.


  • Bitter

  • Emmenagogue

  • Nervine

Divinities & Mythos

  • Artemis (Ancient Greek)

  • Diana (Ancient Roman)

  • St. John the Baptist (Abrahamic)

Holidays

  • Summer Soltice, Litha

Plant Energies

Over the course of millenia, various religions, physical sciences, diviners and star gazers, etc. have come to assign energies. This is perfectly synopsized by JD Walker in A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft:

Plants can be hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are assigned to or governed by one of seven (or nine [by including the Moon and Sun], depending on your outlook) heavenly bodies. People assigned these characteristics based on where a plant grew, what it looked like, and what effect it had on the humans and animals that came in contact with the plant.

  • Planet(s): Moon, Venus

  • Element(s): Earth, Fire

  • Gender: Feminine

  • Sign(s): Capricorn

  • Chakra: Third Eye

Warning: Pregnancy + Liver

Mugwort is an emmenagogue which has been known to stimulate contractions causing miscarriage or premature labor. 


There is evidence that mugwort in large quantities can cause liver damage.

Magical Properties

  • Astral Projection

  • Banishing

  • Birth

  • Cleansing

  • Consecration

  • Creativity

  • Divination

  • Dreams

  • Healing

  • Intuition

  • Prophetic Dreams

  • Protection

  • Psychic Powers

  • Relaxation

  • Safe Travel

  • Spirit Communication

  • Spiritual Awakening

  • Strength

  • Tranquility

  • Travel

  • Women's Health

Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc.

Part of the reason that we list medical jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere 
with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantageous. Too much of a good thing, eh?