Mugwort tincture usage, recipe and benefits


Mugwort, in Latin artemisia vulgaris is for many people an ordinary weed, but it is a very valuable plant due to the content of essential oil, rich in, among others, borneol, thujone, camphene, cineol, as well as organic acids, bitterness, flavonoids, tannins and mineral salts.

To make mugwort tincture use chopped herbs and flowers into an airtight jar, add vodka in ratio 1:5 – so for 1 part of herb use 5 parts of alcohol. Close the jar and keep in a cool place for 2 weeks, strain and into a bottle. The tincture will have a beautiful emerald color. Keep her in a dark place and use it when needed. 

Mugwort fresh and dried for tincture
Fresh and dried mugwort

Do you want to know more about mugwort tincture? Keep reading 🙂 I will cover uses, benefits, dosage, contraindications and at the end of article you can also find a list of equipment that might be useful when you will be making a mugwort tincture by yourself.

Where to buy mugwort for tincture?

If you are not using fresh herb you can find dried mugwort on Amazon here – Organic Bio Herbs-Organic Dried Wormwood/Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris) 6 Oz.

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Mugwort tincture uses

If you collect flowering mugwort shoots, make sure to make a tincture that, rubbed into the body, will improve local blood circulation, have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and regulating effects on the sebaceous glands.

Mugwort tincture benefits

Although mugwort is considered a weed, it has valuable healing properties when used as tincture:

  • it has a diuretic, diastolic, anti-inflammatory, disinfecting, analgesic effect,
  • it stimulates the secretion of digestive juices and improves appetite
  • it regulates digestion and defecation
  • supports the work of the liver
  • it fights parasites
  • cleans, tones and strengthens the body

Mugwort herb and root are used in treatment of:

  • ulcers, ulcers and inflammation of the mucous membranes of the digestive tract
  • gastritis, intestinal and respiratory problems
  • weak digestive fire, slow metabolism
  • gastrointestinal complaints: colic, diarrhea, cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation
  • urolithiasis, gallstones, cholestasis
  • weakness, low energy
  • relief of rheumatic and arthritic pains, neuralgia
  • irregular menstruation, women’s diseases.

Mugwort tincture dosage

Recommended treatment with mugwort tincture lasting 5 to 16 days, tincture used 3 times a day, 1 tablespoon after meals. 

Mugwort tincture contraindications and side effects

According to webmd.com it might be unsafe to use mugwort if you are pregnant. Mugwort might cause a miscarriage because it can start menstruation and also cause the uterus to contract.

Remember also that strong alcoholic tinctures should not be given to children. 

There are also data suggesting that mugwort may cause an allergic reaction in individuals who are allergic to the asteraceae plant family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many other herbs.

What type of alcohol is used for mugwort tincture?

Most spirits used for drinking will work, but vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume work best. When using dried mugwort, your best bet is to stick to an 80 or 90-proof alcohol, as it does not have a lot of juices left, and it is best for extracting any water that’s left in the herb out of it.

How long does mugwort tincture last?

When stored in a cool, dry place, mugwort tincture lasts at least three years, if not longer. If you use dark bottles, it will last longer because the light will not damage it. If your area is humid or hot several months out of the year, try storing it in the refrigerator during the hot and humid season.

Recommened edequipment – what you may need to have to make such tincture at home

I hope that you have found my article useful. Below I’ve gathered all items that I am using when making my tinctures, some of them, like airtight jars, are necessary, some are just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.  

recommended tincture equipment
Tincture equipment examples
  1. Airtight jars.
  2. Mortar for herbs – granite.
  3. Mortar for herbs – stainless steel.
  4. Funnels for filling bottles.
  5. Large bottles, dark glass.
  6. Medium bottles, dark glass.
  7. Small bottles with dropper, dark glass.
  8. Cloth for tincture filtering.
  9. Coffee filters for tincture filtering.
  10. Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit.
  11. Tincture press for better extraction.

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Other names of mugwort

If you would like to check more info about the mugwort root here you can find webmd.com article about it

It is also known under such names: Altamisa, Armoise, Armoise Citronnelle, Armoise Commune, Armoise Vulgaire, Artémise, Artemisia, Artemisia Vulgaris, Artemisiae Vulgaris Herba, Artemisiae Vulgaris Radix, Carline Thistle, Felon Herb, Gemeiner Beifuss, Herbe aux Cent Goûts, Herbe de Feu, Herbe de la Saint-Jean, Herbe Royale, Hierba de San Juan, Nagadamni, Remise, Sailor’s Tobacco, St. John’s Plant, Tabac de Saint-Pierre, Wild Wormwood.

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