Mugwort, also called St. John's Plant, Felon Herb and Common Wormwood, is a member of the daisy family that is distributed throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. Prior to the use of hops as material for fermentation, mugwort was commonly used in beer-making, often in combination with other herbs and flowers. Now, as then, dried mugwort is almost always preferred to fresh, and is harvested when the plant is in flower to ensure peak potency. Today, mugwort is most commonly added to herbal tea blends and used to make ointments, salves and tinctures. The herb is also reputed to repel moths.
Mugwort Herb, 1/4 lb
Common mugwort is an herb native to Europe, Africa and Asia that is now naturalized throughout North America. The herb is known by a variety of common names, such as Cronewort, Felon Herb and Old Uncle Henry. In the Ukraine, the herb is called chornobylnik, which inspired the name of the now abandoned city of Chernobyl because the root word translates to "a place where mugwort grows."
Mugwort is traditionally used in smaller quantities in tea blends. This herb can also trigger allergic reactions in people with sensitivities to other plants in the daisy family.