Riots. Fires. Protest marches. Violence. Apprehension and anxiety abound in many hearts across the nation this week. People are not sure what is in their future. But keep calm and carry on. Mugwort benefits to the rescue.
Anxiety left untreated can manifest in several ways. Depression and substance abuse can wreak havoc. Self-harm behaviors and suicide may result. Sounds pretty dismal, right? But let’s skip all that and see how mugwort can help.
Mugwort has an extensive history through the ages. Our ancestors used it in varied ways. Some say John the Baptist wore it in his waistband. Roman soldiers used it in their sandals to prolong their marches. And nowadays in the U.S., it is used in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese cuisine. For those who celebrate the Summer Solstice, it is one of the herbs included in the festivities. In addition, its bitter flavoring is used to roast the Christmas goose. Its scent is like that of the sage.
- Stimulates female reproductive system
- Promotes sleep
- Eases anxiety
- Alleviates sciatic pain
- Battles depression
- Decreases inflammation
- Cough suppressant
Avoid in pregnancy and lactation. Use in small doses and for short periods of time.
My Final Thoughts…
This is an herb I had not heard of until this week. It seems the Native American Indians used this amazing herb for several things. One of them was to ward off ghosts. While I am not a believer in ghosts, maybe they were onto something. My three year old keeps complaining of monsters in her room. Maybe this would work the same way?
The other use I found fascinating was their use of this herb to suppress coughs. I just bought some cough drops this week. I find them to be much like band-aids in their attempts to kill that cough. And then the cough syrups that are sugary enough to choke a person. Where is that mugwort when we need it?
And then there is all the anxiety that comes with all the political upheaval. What is going to happen now? Will my life forever change? There are no easy answers to be had just now. Remember mugwort, keep calm and carry on!
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What have you used mugwort for? Let me know in the comments.
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