The name Mugwort is said to have come from the plant’s traditional use of flavoring beverages- you drink them out of mugs, see?

Another theory suggests that the name came from a word meaning “moth” alluding to the plant’s usefulness at keeping away pests.

Wort is an old term for “plant”, especially one of a useful nature.

Mugwort is a topical anesthetic with antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Mugwort is feminine in nature, associated with the element of earth, and either Venus or the Moon (depends who you ask) and ruled by either Taurus or Libra.

Mugwort can be used as a sacred smoking herb or burned as a fumigant for protection or divination. It is safe to smoke (as safe as smoking anything is) by itself, mixed with tobacco, or other smokeables in a ritual context and is said to enhance astral projection, lucid dreaming and other altered states of consciousness. Some say that simply keeping mugwort under your pillow or in your bedroom will encourage prophetic dreams. Try making a dream pillow stuffed with mugwort. If you do keep it in your bedroom, remember that it is closely related to ragweed and the flowers may trigger some allergies.

Others say you must burn it or smoke it in order to utilize its conscious-altering effects. Burn mugwort in an incense burner as you use divination tools to help open your mind to any messages coming in.