Belonging to the same family as chamomile and sunflower, mugwort has been used for medicinal purposes since the Middle Ages.

Commonly used to relieve headaches and migraines, it can also be used to treat other health problems due to the properties it has in its composition. So, find out what are the other benefits of this herb and how it should be used.

medicinal properties

  • Anti-inflammatory;
  • Anti-anemic;
  • Analgesic;
  • Anti-epileptic;
  • Antimalarial;
  • Depurative;
  • Healing;
  • Digestive;
  • Stimulant;
  • Repellent;
  • Tonic.

Benefits of this plant

Allied to the digestive system, mugwort is ideal for fighting indigestion, diarrhea, gas, nausea and heartburn. Therefore, it is interesting to consume the tea from the plant before or after lunch. It is also indicated to treat anemia, asthma and prevent breast cancer.

In addition, the herb has a very important function in the female body, that is, it combats the symptoms of Premenstrual Tension (PMS).

Mugwort tea

There are two ways to prepare this tea through infusion, what differs is the amount of the final product. In other words, what changes is the amount of material used to prepare the drink according to the function you want to achieve with it.

For example, in the first case you need a tablespoon of dried leaves and a liter of boiling water. In this case, it is ideal for those who want to consume tea throughout the day.

For those who want to consume only two cups a day, the tip is to smother a teaspoon (of tea) of the herb in a cup of boiling water. After waiting 10 minutes, the drink should be ingested without adding sugar or any other sweetener.

Contraindications and side effects

Despite being a natural plant, mugwort should not be used by pregnant women, nursing mothers or children under 12 years of age. This is because the substances present in the herb can negatively influence the baby’s development inside the uterus or through the mother’s milk. In addition to interfering with the growth of children during this age group already mentioned.

Even with these limitations, there are also other recommendations regarding the use of this plant. For example, it cannot be taken raw or in excess, as in both cases it can become toxic to the body.

Furthermore, the use must be done with the supervision of the doctor, considering that only a specialist will know when, how and how much to use this plant.