Mugwort Oil

Mugwort plant 

What is Mugwort Oil?

The mystic, magic, and folklore surrounding the mugwort get you all excited even before we get its health benefits (which will get you even more excited). The plant is cited as far back as the iron age as a flavoring in drinks, while in the east and Asia, it has been a long-standing component of traditional medicine. A perennial herb with dark green leaves and yellow flowers, the mugwort is a global plant and grows in temperate zones, though it is said to originate from eastern Europe and parts of Asia. Its essential oil named as mugwort oil is extracted from the leaves and flowers, by way of steam distillation.

Properties

Mugwort oil is colorless and has a bitter-sweet herbaceous scent. The oil is richest in thujone, and also contains high levels of pinene and cineol. It is known to have vermifuge, diuretic, antispasmodic, stimulant, tonic, emmenagogue, diaphoretic, and nervine properties.

Precautions

  • Mugwort oil should be kept out of the reach of children.
  • The oil should not in any circumstance be ingested orally.
  • Breastfeeding mothers should avoid using mugwort oil to be on a safe side.
  • Pregnant women should definitely stay away from mugwort oil, as it is abortifacient and can cause miscarriages.

Benefits

Natural Insecticides

Roundworms and tapeworms tremble at the sight of this oil. The oil is toxic and thus harmful to intestinal worms.

Tonic

Mugwort oil promotes the elimination of waste substances from the body by frequent urination. It also helps the liver and kidneys in detoxifying the body. If you suffer from hypertension, rheumatism, or you are obese, this oil is a boon, as it helps speed the elimination of the toxins that cause and maintain these ails.

Smoothens menstrual flow

By promoting smooth unobstructed blood flow from the uterus, menstrual flows are kept regular. This is the emmenagogue property of mugwort oil. Also, being a detox agent, the oil helps expulse harmful toxins and waste from the uterus area.

Stimulant

The oil has wonderfully effective boosting properties, acting as a stimulant to effectively activate all the systems of the body. You'll feel sharper and more productive due to a more efficient internal environment

Nervine

The calming and relaxing effects of mugwort oil are well documented. It soothes stressed and tense nerves, leaving you mentally sharp and focused. It is a confirmed anti-hysteric and anti-epileptic.

Digestive health

Mugwort oil promotes the secretion of digestive enzymes, facilitating digestion and food absorption into the bloodstream.

Side effects

  • For all its gifts to good health, mugwort oil can be just as dangerous. It is a toxic oil, owing to the presence of thujone, which happens to be its most abundant constituent.
  • Thujone is narcotic, and also has abortifacient properties and so should not be considered if and when pregnant.
  • Mugwort oil has no therapeutic uses and should there not be considered or tested for this purpose. It has no known application in aromatherapy as well.
  • The excess dosage or use of mugwort oil can cause skin sensitivity or irritation.