Hardy fast growing rhizomatous herbaceous perennial to 1.2m for sunny spot. Drought hardy. The leaves are bitter but their addition to the diet aids the digestion and so they can be used in small quantities as a flavouring, especially with fatty foods. In Japan the young leaves are used as a potherb. The dried leaves and flowering tops are steeped into tea. They have also been used as a flavouring in gruit ales (a type of beer), though fell into virtual disuse once hops came into favour.
Mugwort has a long history of use in herbal medicine especially in matters connected to the digestive system, menstrual complaints and the treatment of worms. It is slightly toxic, however, and should never be used by pregnant women. It is also known as “dream weed” for its unique ability to stimulate dreams. It is renowned as a smudging herb for its subtle, sweet scent and dream-inducing qualities. It can be fed to stock as an anthelminthic.
The fresh or the dried plant repels insects, it can be used as a spray but caution is advised since it can also inhibit plant growth. A weak tea made from the infused plant is a good all-purpose insecticide.
Certified organic plant.