ARTEMISIA VULGARIS “Mugwort’
An ancient magical plant used to repel demons. Used to flavour drinks especially beer, name derived from Old Saxon muggia wort meaning ‘midge plant’ after it’s ability to repel insects. Leaves may be used in tobacco. Romans placed it in their sandals believing it beneficial to the soles of their feet. Known in ancient times as bringing about the on set of labour, in the 13th century the Welsh Herbal recommended binding a sprig of mug wort to a woman’s left thigh to induce child birth but removing it immediately the child is born lest the mother should haemorrhage.