Artemisia vulgari (Damong Maria), famous as mugwort, belongs to family Compositae. And, is native to Europe, Asia, and northern Africa. Mugwort’s generic name is from that of the Greek moon goddess Artemis, a patron of women. The common name may be from the old English word moughte meaning “moth.” Also, mucgwyrt, meaning “midgewort,” referring to the planget’s folk use to repel moths and other insects.
Mugwort has a tangy taste. The root is sweet and pungent and the herb is aromatic and bitter in nature. The branched tips gather during the flowering season and dried. Also, other fresh above and underground parts of the plant harvest at the beginning of winter. It grows in semiarid or arid areas throughout the Mediterranean basin. Aso, extending into the north-west Himalayas.
Mugwort has a long history of folk tradition and use.
Anglo-Saxon tribes believed that the aromatic mugwort was one of the nine sacred herbs. That is given to the world by the god Woden.
It is use as a flavoring additive to the beer before hops became used. Mugwort considers a magical herb. Because special properties to protect road-weary travelers against exhaustion.
The Romans planted mugwort by roadsides. So, it would be available to passersby to put in their shoes to relieve aching feet.
St. John the Baptist has worn a girdle of mugwort when he set out into the wilderness.
In Pagan ceremony, they wear a garland or belt of mugwort. They do it while dancing around the fire during summer solstice celebrations.
What is the description of this herbal plant?
Artemisia vulgari (Damong Maria), famous as mugwort, is a long-stemmed, 70–150 cm high shrub with a branched. Many-headed and creeping rhizome without runners or rosette. And, the medicinal parts are roots and aerial parts. Particularly dried branched tips. Mugwort considers an herbal ally for women. Because of the benefit in regulating the menstrual cycle and easing the transition to menopause.
Mugwort is a tall and hardy European native with stout, angular, hairy stems tinged with a purple hue. Its leaves may be as long as 4 in (10 cm). They are divide with many lance-shaped, pointed segments. They are arrange along the erect, grooved stem. Besides, they are a dark green on top and pale green with downy hairs on the underside. Mugwort has a pungent aroma when the leaves crush. In late summer the small reddish-yellow disk flowers cluster in long spikes at the top of the plant. Mugwort may reach to 6 ft (2 m) or more in height.