Western Mugwort (Artemisia ludoviciana) is a patch-forming, herbaceous perennial native to the western and central United States. The soft, silvery-white, and aromatic leaves give rise to dangling flowers of sunshine yellow. The plant is known to be an astringent, deodorant, and very friendly to the touch.
Medicinally, western mugwort is used in treating eczema, spider bites, stomach ache, and menstrual complaints, including irregular monthly cycles. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the down from mugwort leaves is used to treat cases of rheumatism. The cottony cones are placed directly onto the skin and then ignited for use as a counterirritant. The prepared mugwort is left on the arthritic spot until it becomes hot and then it is moved to the next spot, the areas will become red but not blistered. Culpepper reports that mugwort root can be used in a slight infusion for disorders of the stomach, be wary not to use too much as it can have the opposing effect.
Mugwort can be used as an incense or smudge to facilitate a more profound meditation to dream state. Further, it has been associated with divination and dreaming, making it an excellent addition to the witch's garden. To enhance dreaming, fill a dream pillow with dried leaves or place fresh leaves directly onto your pillow.
Cultivation: Hardy in zones 4-9. It is a popular garden plant, although it tends to be aggressive in some gardens. The plant prefers full sun to part shade and will thrive in dry, depleted soils. Sow in spring. Sprinkle the seeds on the surface, tamp securely, and keep it moist until germination. Space plants two feet apart.
Packet of 100 organic Western Mugwort (Artemisia ludoviciana) seeds.