After reading an article on Chopra centre I thought I’ll have a go with Mugwort tea which apparently enhance your dream experience (The reason I bought it in the first place.) I bought 100g for about £3.50 on Amazon. It worked for me the first night I drunk it. I gave some for my boyfriend and it worked for him as well. He was dreaming when he normally doesn’t dream (doesn’t remember his dreams when he wakes up). It seems to work and make our sleep even deeper and better.
Me being me I did more research on this herb, and again Mother Nature didn’t disappoint me this time either!
Mugwort Herb has many benefits, you can find them below:
Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris) is a plant that grows in Europe, Asia and the British Isles.
Other common names for this herb include:
– Felon Herb
– Naughty Man
– Chrysanthemum Weed
– Old Uncle Henry
– Wild Wormwood.
It was used as a magical herb during the Middle Ages. Travellers used this herb to protect themselves from evil spirits and dangerous animals. Centuries ago, this herb was used in a herbal medicine, food, and as a smoking herb (instead of tobacco or cannabis), especially by sailors. It was known as sailor’s tobacco. Mugwort is used nowadays as an ingredient for many Japanese, Korean or Chinese dishes.
Mugwort Tea Benefits:
- The studies show that Mugwort is known to ease menstrual cramps and stimulate the uterus to keep it functioning properly. However, it can also cause miscarriages so pregnant women are not advised to take it. Avoid if you breastfeed as well.
- Besides that, the herb also has sedative properties, which makes it beneficial for those who suffer from anxiety, depression or insomnia. It’s commonly used in sleep pillows to improve lucid dreaming due to hallucinogenic properties. It can be brewed or smoked also. Since Mugwort is a mild hallucinogen, it does not cause any harmful side effects. Under normal conditions, the herb stimulates the mind to keep the consumer active and alert.
- Mugwort can also ease digestion, acidity and indigestion. Used before and after consuming heavy meals in order to alleviate bloating and gas. The essential oil found in the herb is quite effective in dealing with stubborn digestive disorders that may be caused by an abnormal flow of stomach digestive juices or due to microbial infections.
- The herb has unique medical properties that facilitate digestion through regulating or stimulating the flow of digestive juices while inhibiting all manner of microbial infections detected in the stomach and intestines.
- A combination of the Mugwort herb’s leaves and flowering tops can be used to treat all matters concerning the digestive system and also increase stomach acid and bile production creating a favourable environment for digestion to take place. The herbal remedy can also lead to an increase in appetite and neutralize stomach acidity.
- It can also help to treat fever, colds, coughs, flu and kidney issues.
- Mugwort is toxic in nature, making it an effective solution of getting rid of intestinal worms like roundworms, tapeworms, and threadworms. Body worms are known to hinder normal growth and nutrient absorption resulting in a weak and unhealthy body. By getting rid of the intestinal worms, Mugwort oil re-establishes a normal growth pattern bringing the much-needed strength back to the body.
- The diuretic property of the herb increases both the user’s urination frequency and quantity helping them remove excess water, fat, salts and harmful toxins like uric acid from the body. This property may be of great help to people suffering from chronic renal failure, renal calculi, obesity, hypertension, and other symptoms associated with toxin accumulation like gout, arthritis, and rheumatism.
How to make Mugwort Tea:
1. Heat water to a boil.
2. Use 1 or 1.5 heaped teaspoons of Mugwort for each cup of water.
3. In a teapot or French press, pour the water over the tea.
4. Cover and leave to infuse for 8-10 minutes.
5. Strain out the Mugwort and serve.
There are no proven safe or effective doses of Mugwort and it’s recommended that children don’t use it.
Talk to your doctor or someone trained in herbal medicine first if you want to try Mugwort as a complementary health approach.
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