Artemis Herb, Artemisia, Felon Herb, Muggons, St. John’s Plant, Old Uncle Henry, Old Man, Naughty Man.
Artemis is a Maiden who is often referred to as a virgin; this term denotes that she belonged to herself. It was rumored that Artemis had lovers both male and female, but according to mythology, her lovers usually met with a sad end. Artemis and her Roman counterp0art, Diana, are associated with the waxing crescent moon. This divine huntress is called on to assist in childbirth, to protect women from violence, for courage, and for daring to be yourself and walking your own path.
Psychic awareness, Psychics Dreams, Astral Projection.
Mugwort has long been associated with the shadowy world of the seer as well as the Moon. Its Scent stills the conscious mind and awakens the deep consciousness.
A pillow stuffed with Mugwort and slept upon will produce prophetic dreams. Mugwort is also burned with sandalwood or wormwood during scrying rituals. A Mugwort infusion is drunk before divination.
An infusion is also used to wash crystal balls and magic mirrors.
It is said that when carrying Mugwort you cannot be harmed by poison, wild beasts, or sunstroke.
Mugwort prevents elves and “evil thynges” from entering, and bunches of Mugwort are used in Japan to exorcise spirits of disease who are thought to hate the odor. In China, it is hung over doors to keep evil spirits from buildings.
Mugwort is also carried to increase lust and fertility, to prevent backaches, and to cure disease and madness.
Placed next to the bed, it aids in achieving astral projection.
Also known as the 'traveller’s herb for protection', Roman soldiers placed Mugwort inside their sandals for endurance on long marches. One Roman general recorded that his men marched 10 miles further, as well as faster, when on Mugwort. Mugwort was once the staple ingredient in beer before Hops was introduced. It was also known as Sailor's Tobacco, as it was used as an alternative when sailors ran out of tobacco at sea.
Principal Medicinal Uses:
Abscesses, Anti-spasmodic, Arthritis, Bowel pain, Bruising (removes blackness), Carbuncles, Childbirth and afterbirth, Colds, fever, flu, Depression, Diabetes, Diarrhoea, Digestive stimulant, Epilepsy, Excessive menstrual bleeding, Food poisoning, Gout, Hysteria, Insomnia, Kidney stones, gravel, Jaundice, LIVER TONIC, MENSTRUAL CRAMPS, MENSTRUAL OBSTRUCTION, Mild narcotic, Mushroom poisoning ,Nervousness, Nervous shaking, PAIN (tea, bathe or smoke), Regulates hormones (adrenal and pituitary), Soothes nerves, Stomach pains and disorders, STRESS, UTERUS, WORMS (also for worming animals, with herbs eaten fresh or dried), White tail spider bite.
*Because Mugwort is a Uterine Relaxant it must not be ingested when pregnant.
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