Herbs Guide


Family Name: N.O. Compositae

Botanical Name(s): Artemisia vulgaris (LINN.)

Popular Name(s): Felon Herb, St. John's Plant, Cingulum Sancti Johannis

Parts Used: The leaves and root

Habitat: Mugwort is widely found in Africa, temperate Asia and in Europe.

Description: Mugwort is a shrubby and a tall-growing plant. The stem grows to a height of about 3 feet and its roots are 8 inches long. The leaves are smooth and have a dark green tint on the upper surface. The flowers are in small oval heads and greenish yellow in colour.

Uses: Mugwort leaves are edible, though having a bitter taste. It helps in digestion. It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and diuretic properties. An infusion of its leaves and flower-tops is used to correct indigestion. It is used in alternative medicine to expel intestinal worms, asthma and sterility. The infusion is used as a gargle also for sore throat.