Despite an almost unfortunate sounding name, mugwort, or Artemisia vulgaris, is an herb which has been used in alternative medicine for hundreds of years. In fact, it was used in brewing before being replaced by hops. It may not be your first choice when considering supplementing your current therapies with essential oils, but there are many proven benefits and uses of mugwort essential oil that make it worth looking past the name.

6 Major Benefits and Uses of Mugwort Essential Oil

1. Ease Intestinal Issues

There is any number of intestinal issues that may plague people, including stomachache, ulcers, and general intestinal pain. Artemisia vulgaris has been shown to affect the movement of the muscles of the digestive system responsible for moving material through the system. Pain can be caused by these muscles spasming in response to foreign material or food sensitivity. The anti-spasmodic properties within mugwort causes these muscles to loosen and allow for more natural movement. (1)

Sipping mugwort tea may help ease stomach pain and reduce the frequency of symptoms such as diarrhea or cramping in the abdomen.

2. Anti-Inflammatory

Inflammation is the body’s way of acknowledging that it has been injured or is fighting against something that it cannot process properly. It often appears with the symptoms of redness or swelling, sometimes in the joints or parts of the skin. Many times, it is treated with over the counter medications that can sometimes be more harmful, especially if they are overused. Mugwort has been proven to reduce inflammation in the body, either through topical application or inhalation. (2)

3. Improve Breathing

Respiratory conditions can be caused by a number of things such as asthma or allergies. This results in coughing or issues with breathing. Mugwort has been shown to help dilate the bronchial pathways, making it easier to breath. It also helps control inflammation that may follow on the heels of irritants in the lungs. Using this oil may help control coughing which is the result of chronic breathing issues or even temporary conditions such as a cold or flu. (3)

Diffuse mugwort in your home can help controlling breathing issues. Anti-microbial properties may also help control airborne irritants such as mold or bacteria. It may also be beneficial to add the oil to a carrier oil and apply to the skin of the chest to reduce inflammation in the airways.

4. Improve Liver Health

The liver is vital for many functions in the body, including, but not limited to, the body’s ability to process food properly. Some metabolic disorders may be due to liver issues or even diseases such as hepatitis that directly affect the cells of the liver. Mugwort’s properties have been shown to protect the cells of the liver as well as reduce inflammation that may cause issues with the production or use of needed chemicals in body processes. It may even improve function for livers that have been damaged by disease and protect the cells from further damage with antioxidant activity. (4)

Combine a couple of mugwort drops with a carrier oil to create a topical application. Apply this to the skin above the liver to allow the body to absorb the oil.

5. Relieve Painful Menstruation

Though this is a signature issue for women, there are some who suffer from disorders which intensify the monthly pains of menstruation such as dysmenorrhea or menopausal symptoms brought on by the body’s inability to properly process or the loss of hormones. Mugwort has been used for centuries to ease these problems and studies show that the properties can help control uterine contractions, allowing for relief from painful cramping. It has also been proven to affect your mood and may ease depression and mood swings associated with menopause. (5)

If you were to search for ways to ease menstrual pain, you might come across recipes on how to make mugwort tea. This may be a simple way to get some relief from your symptoms.

6. Anti-Microbial

Trying to reduce the spread of germs and diseases has led to the development of a lot of chemical products that not only kill bacteria and viruses but may inadvertently lead to the production of germs that eventually become resistant to these interventions. To prevent this, studies have been conducted with essential oils, including mugwort, to prove its antimicrobial properties that kill different types of viruses that cause sickness. This includes diseases like listeria and salmonella. Mugwort has shown efficacy against the bacteria Helicobacter pylori, which has been proven to attack the lining of the stomach and cause ulcers. Using mugwort in a recipe with citrus based oils may help keep sickness and communicable diseases from spreading in your home. (6)

My Experience with Mugwort Essential Oil

Despite a name which may suggest wizards rather than a supplement to traditional medicine, mugwort is an herb that has been worth having in my essential oil collection. With kids in the house, we are prone to catching just about every germ and virus that makes the rounds. One child even has seasonal allergies that aren’t picky about which season they are affected by. Since he doesn’t react to ragweed, I often add mugwort to my diffuser with eucalyptus when the stuffiness and coughing are particularly awful. I also rub some on his chest at night to help keep the coughing to a minimum so he can get a restful sleep.

I tend to use mugwort most around fall and winter when the cooler weather keeps us inside more often and promotes the spread of sickness. Colds don’t seem to last as long when I diffuse it along with lavender or chamomile to help ease the stress that seems to come when I can’t get out of the chair and do my usual routine. I like knowing that it is helping to keep the air cleaner, even as it eases my cough, so it may be less likely that I am sharing this disease with my family. I’m sure they appreciate the thought.

Recommended Mugwort based products

ISNTREE Real Mugwort Clay Mask

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Many skin issues stem from either bacterium building up in the pores, which have been clogged by the skin’s natural oils or inflammation of damaged cells that may cause small cysts or eruptions. This is usually evident on the face. This clay mask includes different types of clays which have been shown to help the skin by regulating natural oils. It may clear up oily spots while not over drying other areas. The mugwort then helps soothe any inflammation as well as preventing bacteria from building up in the pores.

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Mugwort Herb (Artemisia argyi)

Mugwort Herb (Artemisia argyi) (Certified Organic) Tea (Loose) (4 oz, ZIN: 517775) - 2 Pack
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Mugwort tea has long been used to ease digestive problems, particularly spasms of the colon and diarrhea. This is a loose leaf version that allows you to brew your own tea or include the leaves in a sachet for a longer diffusion of smell. You might even add it to warm bath water to enjoy the soothing effects on your skin. The scent blends well with floral herbs such as lavender, so it may be a worthwhile addition to your bathtime routine and help take care of your skin while you relax to prepare for sleep.

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Caution of Mugwort Essential Oil

  • Do not use mugwort if you are allergic to certain herbs such as ragweed or other plants in the Asteraceae family.
  • Women who are pregnant should not use mugwort due to its effect on uterine contraction. It may lead to miscarriage.
  • Use only 100% therapeutic grade oil to prevent possible complications.
  • Concentrated oil is not recommended for consumption. It can be toxic in large quantities.

Conclusion

I hope you found this list informative and perhaps even surprising as you may have discovered just what is mugwort used for. Please be sure to share with anyone looking for something unique to supplement their health regimen and maybe even ease their breathing as a result.