The Dream Herb.
Widely used to aid dreams and the lucid dream state. In witchcraft, Mugwort is used primarily as a visionary herb. Mugwort amplifies psychic vision and may induce prophetic dreams. A herb of the Goddess as Crone, Mugwort encourages wisdom and observation, astral travel, and visualisation. The effects of Mugwort are more pronounced during sleep or trance states. But Mugwort does have real psychoactive effects. If you are very sensitive to thujone, remember that it can be absorbed transdermally so don't go Mugwort picking without gloves!
Mugwort is an extremely old herb healing herb whose magickal properties include protection, dreams, psychic power, strength and creativity among others. Its medicinal benefits include being antifungal and antibacterial while also aiding digestion and sleeplessness among others.
Mugwort was a common flavouring for meat and fish in the old days partially due to its anti-microbial properties which help to stop food from spoiling. It’s still a common ingredient to flavour a Christmas goose with in Germany
Another use of mugwort is in a technique called moxibustion. This involves burning the herb over a specific part of the body based on what the practitioner is trying to achieve.
Practitioners also commonly use moxibustion during acupuncture to increase the effectiveness of this ancient Chinese practice.
There is some evidence to suggest that moxibustion may be able to help prevent or correct breech births, which might, in turn, help reduce the need for as many cesarean deliveries.
Some studies note that moxibustion resulted in a decreased use of oxytocin compared with no treatment. Oxytocin reduces stress, calms a person down, and helps with pain during labor. The fact that it was less needed when a person used moxibustion is significant.