Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris, is found in temperate areas of North America. It is a very ancient herb Dedicated to the goddesses Artemis and Diana, mugwort was used in ancient magic and healing to ward off spirits, increase psychic powers and vivid dreams. Roman soldiers placed Mugwort inside their sandals to help increase endurance on long marches. Mugwort was once the staple ingredient in beer before hops were introduced. It was also known as Sailor's Tobacco because it was smoked when sailors ran out of tobacco at sea.
Today Mugwort is used mostly for its calming effect and is often found in dream pillows to help promote relaxation and sleep. It has also been used as a topical anesthetic with antibacterial and antifungal properties. When applied to the skin it can help relieve burning, itching, and pain.
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