Since the beginning of mankind, man has found countless plants in nature with many benefits for his health. These plants have been of particular interest to the field of medicine, so many scientists have devoted themselves to studying the properties they can bring to our body.
One of these medicinal plants is Artemisa. In this article, we would like to share with you a guide to all the health benefits of mugwort for your body.
What is mugwort?
Scientifically, it is known as Artemisia vulgaris. However, this plant is also commonly called “St. John’s Wort”. It is an aromatic plant, whose name comes from the Greek goddess Artemis, sister of Apollo, protector of women.
The mugwort plant is native to the continents of Europe, Asia and North Africa. It is a herbaceous plant, which can reach heights ranging from one to two meters. Its flowers are small, around 5mm in length, symmetrical and yellow or red in color, and usually grow in summer.
Properties of Mugwort.
Its medicinal properties have been widely known since Antiquity. This plant was one of those used by humans at the beginning of the first populations of humanity. Since then, the flowers, stems and leaves of mugwort have been used in natural medicine to make various home remedies.
It contains essential oils, mucilages, choline, tannin resins and other compounds which give it natural medicinal properties such as antiparasitics, antibacterials, analgesics, anticonvulsants, antiseptics, emollient, anti-inflammatory, soothing, tonic , stimulating and aperitifs.
The Artemis plant is used in infusions and tinctures, as well as in dry and fluid compositions (such as essential oil and syrup, for example).
Artemis is also used in traditional Chinese medicine, particularly in the practices of acupuncturists.
Benefits and uses of mugwort.
- It is recommended to fight against colds and flu.
- Its diuretic properties help stimulate the kidneys, thus preventing water retention.
- Helps to facilitate digestive processes, preventing nausea and gas. Likewise, it helps in the absorption of nutrients from food.
- It fights bronchial processes, acting as an expectorant in the elimination of mucus.
- It is recommended in cases of stress and fatigue, both physical and mental.
- It is an excellent regulator of the female reproductive system, strengthening the uterus. For this reason, its consumption is recommended to regulate menstruation in women who suffer from severe pain or little menstrual flow.
- Blocks and prevents bleeding from the nasal passages.
- It is an excellent remedy for fighting intestinal parasites.
- It helps to purify the blood in the body, allowing the elimination of toxins.
How is mugwort eaten?
The mugwort plant can be prepared and consumed as an infusion or tincture. You can get it in powder form, and moderate consumption between 500 milligrams and 3 grams is recommended. Your dose should not exceed 6 grams per day. Likewise, its consumption is recommended for less than two consecutive weeks.
For the preparation of infusions, 15 grams of dried leaves are needed per 500 ml of boiling water. For cases of menstrual pain, it is recommended that the woman ingest this infusion 2 to 3 times a day.
Remember to always consult your doctor before starting any treatment with herbal remedies. All treatment should be supervised by medical personnel.
Likewise, to alleviate digestive problems, an infusion of the mugwort plant is recommended in combination with other medicinal plants, with chamomile, mint or a small knapweed.
In these cases of muscle pain, it is enough to massage with the essential oil of this wonderful plant.
- Its consumption is not recommended by pregnant or breastfeeding women.
- It is not recommended in people having medical treatments, as it might interact adversely. In this case, it is best that you consult your doctor before ingesting this plant.
- In large doses, consuming mugwort can be toxic.
- The pollen of this plant can cause allergies in some people.
Consult your doctor before using or starting any treatment with herbal remedies.