The single most important and versatile plant used for magick and for stimulating psychic skills is mugwort. Consider her the plant kingdom’s magickal ambassador. Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris, also known as the Mother Herb, holds the key to the realm of dreams and clairvoyance. If you think you don’t dream, if you’re not sure you possess a psychic bone, mugwort will show you different. Not only that, while you’re trying out your psychic and magickal wings, mugwort offers spiritual protection.

mugwort teaMugwort’s uses in psychic work are innumerable. Fortune-tellers sip mugwort tea to strengthen their vision. Crystal balls can be cleansed in mugwort-infused waters. The herb is one of the primary tools for attempting astral projection, controlled out-of-body experiences. Mugwort provides psychic freedom but keeps the bonds toEarth tight, allowing the soul to journey with confidence. Most of the commercial formulas that you will find promoting their ability to enhance your psychic skills contain mugwort as a primary ingredient.

Mugwort also has talismanic uses. Mugwort placed at the entrance of a home blocks the entry of infection. Worn or carried, mugwort becomes a charm against disease, evil spirits, and fatigue. It is a traditional traveler’s talisman carried to ward off all danger and evil.

Midsummer’s Night brings mugwort to the height of her powers. French tradition recommends that garlands of mugwort be woven and wrapped around the Midsummer’s bonfires. Afterward, the garlands are thrown into the fire to protect their wearer from bad luck, disease and any malevolent magick that might be directed toward them.

Mugwort has an independent nature. Although she is an ally to humans, she’s not overly sociable, no rose-preening for admirers. Mugwort prefers what humans term wasteland, she grows rampant on stony ground, among ruins, and beside roadways. Mugwort, unlike so many other plants, is not overly endangered. Naturalized in North America, mugwort now grows rampant through the mid-western United States and parts of Canada.

You can buy dried mugwort easily and inexpensively. Good luck trying to buy a living mugwort plant at your local nursery. Many might prefer that it be endangered, considering it a weed.

Mugwort is a perennial herb that can reach heights of over seven feet during summer. It is best propagated by cuttings or root division in the fall. It is not easily cultivated although some have success growing the plant indoors or in the garden. If you can induce mugwort to grow, she is an invaluable plant ally, traditionally very willing, even eager, to impart her secrets to humans, especially women.

Mugwort is not a gentle herb. Its actions are typically not gradual but abrupt. Depending upon your purpose, when using mugwort, you will likely see results within days rather than weeks. It is not safe for use during pregnancy. It is too powerful for children. Mugwort is available in various forms, which, even more than many plants, are not interchangeable.

* The herb is safe to use for most people with the exception of children and pregnant and nursing women. It may be prepared as an infusion for tea or bath. An infused oil can be created from mugwort’s blossoms. Mugwort eases menstrual cramps and stimulates a sluggish cycle. It can also be used to align one’s menstrual cycle with the moon. A cup of mugwort tea enhances psychic ability and vision.

* The flower essence remedy is the gentlest form of mugwort and is the most profound remedy for psychic or magickal work. It can be added to massage oil or bathwater in addition to internal administration. Add one drop of mugwort or other herbal tea.

* Essential oil of mugwort is not safe and must never be used unless under expert professional guidance. Beware of anything marked as either Mugwort, Artemisia or Armoise Oil {mugwort’s French name}. Mugwort’s toxic, dangerous potential is concentrated in her essential oil. Many members of the Artemisia family, including mugwort, contain thujone, a neurotoxin.