Mugwort can also be steeped into a tea and taken to support the digestive and reproductive systems. The herb, according to Valdez, is thought to help relax the uterus, and therefore induce a late menstrual cycle and relieve cramps.
In Chinese herbal medicine, mugwort is commonly used to lessen heavy menstrual and uterine bleeding and can help increase blood circulation to the pelvic region for menstrual pain relief. Trained users of moxibustion of mugwort have successfully turned breeched babies into a safer head-down position before childbirth (Nowakowski, 2016).
Infusion: 1-2 teaspoons Mugwort in 1 cup of freshly boiled water. Steep covered 10-15 minutes. Strain and drink 3 times a day. Due to its bitterness, it is a good idea to combine Mugwort with other flavorful herbs like Lavender (Lavandula officinalis), Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), or Ginger (Zingiber officinale).
In the United States, it is best to harvest the aerial parts (leaves, flower and stems) when in full bloom, from July through September. Infusion: 1-2 teaspoons Mugwort in 1 cup of freshly boiled water. Steep covered 10-15 minutes.
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