MUGWORT - DREAM WEED
Burned at the start and end of a ritual. Its shamanic purpose is purification. Also, mugwort used in ritual settings to bring about prophecy or divinatory needs. Most of all, mystical magical mugwort is the herb of protection and psychic vision. Native American tribes used mugwort leaves to rub on one’s body as protection from ghosts. They also wore necklaces made of the leaves to avoid dreams about dead people. An amazing way to use mugwort is to place it under your pillow to prevent astral attacks, or to ward off psychic attacks from those who would do you harm. Mugwort 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 is used as incense and for smudging or spell work in Pagan traditional magic practices.
Mugwort is one of the most popular medicinal herbs used in Japanese and Chinese medicine for a variety of health benefits, including colds, fever, flu, headache and bowel pain. Mugwort relieves insomnia, helps with sleep walking and ,if used as a tea, aids digestion. The herb is also known for healing the stomach dealing with diarrhea, colic and vomiting.A warning though - mugwort contains the toxin thujone which is dangerous taken in excessive amounts or over a long period (not to used by pregnant women). The dried leaves can be smoked for a relaxing, calming effect or to relieve pain. Mugwort has especially powerful benefits in regulating the menstrual cycle and easing the transition to menopause.
Learn How To Make Your Own Tincture
A tincture is a type of herbal preparation in which the alkaloids, glycosides, minerals, and essential oils of a plant are extracted into a solvent. The liquids that are most often used as solvents are high-proof alcohols such as vodka or brandy, or occasionally apple cider vinegar or even vegetable glycerin. The strength ratio is typically 1:4 or weaker (one part herb to 4 parts liquid). It can even be as weak as a 1:10. The weaker ratios are sometimes used for children’s preparations, or by those who abstain from alcohol of any kind, but they’re not as effective at drawing the medicinal components from the plants.
You Wil Need:
At least 80 proof alcohol. I like to use at least 100 proof. If you’re in the United States and have access to Everclear or Aguardiete, use that. Otherwise, vodka or brandy works well.
Alternative to alcohol if necessary: high quality organic apple cider vinegar.
An herb of your choice: fresh or dried
A pint jar (16oz) with a tight-fitting lid
wax paper or parchment paper to seal when capping off the lid.
Small, dark glass bottles for storing the tinctures. Cobalt or amber glass are best.
A fine strainer
Fine cheesecloth or muslin
A bowl or glass measuring cup with a spout
A small funnel