Mugwort: aka Artemis Herb, Artemisia, Sailor’s Tobacco.
The Aztecs and other Indians from America have used mugwort for ritual and medicinal purposes. From ancient times, the herb was also in Europe a remedy against fatigue and to protect travelers from evil spirits and wild animals.
Indians still ritually use mugwort as ‘sage’ nowadays. They use the herb for spiritual purification to dispel diseased spirits and negative powers. Bundles of calamus leaves together with mugwort are in Asia still used as talismans during the dragon boat festival.
Mugwort is said to be useful in inducing lucid dreaming and astral travel. Consumption of the plant or a tincture prior to sleeping is said to increase the intensity of dreams, the level of control, and to aid in the recall of dreams upon waking.
Mugwort has a pleasantly stimulating effect which, depending upon the dosage and sensitivity, might develop into a mildly euphoric state. The effects can be somewhat similar to cannabis.