Mugwort – A Wonder Botanical Herb
Updated: June 2021
Mugwort or Common Wormwood is scientifically classified as Artemisia vulgaris as shown in photos below. It is also known as Felon Herb, St. John's Plant, Wild Wormwood, and 艾葉 in Chinese. You can usually find these plants anywhere along the streets of your neighbors. You have probably already seen it or knew about it. You can cook and eat this plant, use it for skin allergies and wounds, and it purifies your blood and may help prevent cancer diseases as well.
How to Preserve
1. Place the wormwood into boiling water for about 1-2 minutes.
2. Drain the water in a colander.
3. Keep and dry it under the shade. In this way, you can preserve it for several years.
4. When you use it, soak into the warm water. It will look as fresh as when you just harvested it on your backyard.
How to eat Mugwort or Common Wormwood?
Cook it just like when you cook with other vegetables mixed together. It can be mashed slightly and mixed with dough to make wormwood bread or cake. We usually make wormwood rice cake for our snack foods. Mashed wormwood with grinded sesame and mayonnaise is a good healthy salad on your table.
Mugwort is rich in chlorophyll, enzyme and other minerals. This is also a proven herb to speed up healing for cancer and hepatitis C, and helps promote hair growth. It is also used for stomach troubles, vomiting, hemostasis (stopping blood flow), high blood pressure, and for moxibustion. Its slightly bitter taste makes it a great appetizer.
How to apply mugwort for medicinal purposes?
Do you remember whenever you get wounded as a kid, your mother used to rub the wounded part with her saliva, and the reddish wound eventually disappeared? The treatment your mother did is medically right. Saliva contains enzymes that can heal skin wounds, allergies, and other skin problems. Probably you have some experiences rubbing your skin with your saliva. Enzymes in your saliva do all medicinal works.
Mugwort is rich in enzymes. Mash the leaves of mugwort with your hands and place it to the wound of your skin. It will work like magic! It's also good for swelling, tumor, abscess and pimples. Try it. You will be amazed for its wonderful and hidden power.
Additional Facts - Did You Know That...
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