Family Name: N.O. Compositae
Botanical Name(s): Artemisia vulgaris (LINN.)
Popular Name(s): Felon Herb, St. John's Plant, Cingulum Sancti
Parts Used: The leaves and root
Habitat: Mugwort is widely found in Africa, temperate Asia and
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.