Origin: Temperate Europe, Asia, northern Africa and Alaska

Family: Asteraceae
Scientific Name: Artemisia vulgaris

Folk Names: Armoise, Artemis herb, carline thistle, chrysanthemum weed, dreamwort, felon herb, muggons, naughty man, old man, old Uncle Harry, old Uncle Henry, riverside wormwood, sailor’s tobacco, St. John’s plant, wild wormwood, witch plant


Element: Water
Direction: South
Day: Friday
Planet: Venus
Zodiac: Libra
Associated Celebrations: Quickening
Deities: Artemis, Diana, Hekate, Woden

Parts used: Plant/leaves

Magical Properties: Protection, clairvoyance, psychic dreams, purification, travel, divination, tranquillity, banishing, consecration

Substitutions: Wormwood


Roman soldiers places mugwort leaves in their sandals to keep their feet in good condition on long marches. The leaves were also chewed by Romans to help ease fatigue.

Medieval pilgrims used mugwort as an amulet of protection against beasts and demons.

Magical Uses


Part Used: Leaves & flowers
Extraction Method: Steam distillation

Scent Type: Herbaceous
Perfume Note: Middle Scent Description: Bitter-sweet, herbaceous, and slightly camphoraceous.



Note: This information is provided for informational purposes only, do not use any plants medicinally without consulting with an appropriate medical professional.

Medicinal Properties: Anthelmintic, emmenagogue, tonic



There are roughly 12 different Artemisia species known by the name ‘mugwort’, but it is most commonly used to refer to Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort).

Type: Herb
Plant Height: 1m-2m
Stems: Grooved, often with a red-purpleish tinge
Leaves: 5-20cm long, dark green, pinnate, and sessile, with white hairs underneath
Flowers: Mid-summer to early autumn: Branches flower clusters, made of multiple 5mm long florets with many thin/tiny yellow or dark red petals.

Etymology: Most etymology suggestions for mugwort seem to derive from its use as an insect repellent, citing Old Norse muggi (marsh) or Old English mycg (midge).

In the Garden

Type: Perennial
Sow: Winter
Light: Full sun
Water: Keep moist
Soil: Rich

Companion Planting: Mugwort can deter growth of other non-aromatic herbs nearby, but doesn’t seem to affect other aromatics.