A colorless or pale yellow liquid with a powerful camphoraceous, bitter-sweet, herbaceous odour. It blends well with oakmoss, patchouli, rosemary, lavandin, pine, sage, clary sage and cedarwood.
An erect, much-branched, perennial herb up to 1.5m (5 ft) high, with purplish stems, dark green divided leaves that are downy white beneath, and numerous small reddish-brown or yellow flowers.
Place mugwort in the shoes to gain strength during long walks or runs. For this purpose pick mugwort before sunrise, saying:
"Tollam te artemesia, ne lassus sim in via"
The infusion is also used to wash crystal balls and magic mirrors, and mugwort leaves are placed around the base of the ball or beneath it to aid in psychic workings. A pillow stuffed with mugwort and slept upon will produce prophetic dreams. Mugwort is also burned with sandalwood or wormwood during scrying rituals, and a mugwort infusion is drunk (sweetened with honey) before divination. Mix with Dittany of Crete and placed next to the bed it aids in achieving astral projection.
When carrying mugwort you cannot be harmed by poison, wild beasts or sun stroke, according to ancient tradition. In a building, mugwort prevents elves and 'evil thynges' from entering, and bunches of mugwort are used in Japan by the Ainus to exorcise spirits of disease who are thought to hate the odor. In China, it is hung over doors to keep evil spirits from buildings.
- Gender: feminine
- Planet: Venus
- Element: Earth
- Deities: Artemis, Diana
In Europe the herb has been associated with superstition and witchcraft and was seen as a protective charm against evil and danger. It is said that St. John the Baptist wore a girdle of the leaves in the wilderness. It was also seen as a woman's plant, used as a womb tonic, for painful or delayed mensus (as it is an oral toxin due to high thujone content and may cause abortions) and as a treatment for hysteria and epilepsy. It was also used to expel worms, control fever and as a digestive remedy. In the East the white fluffy underside of the leaves is used for moxibustion, a process often combined with acupuncture, in which the compressed dried herb is burned over a certain point in the body to stimulate it with heat. Moxa was also used in Europe to relieve gout and rheumatism.
1/3 oz roll-on
2 oz room spray
1/6 dram sample