What Is Mugwort Oil?
Mugwort is a tree that grows in England and other European countries and is both famous and infamous for its uses because, in ancient times, it was used in black magic and witchcraft.
The essential oil is popularly known for its medicinal properties to treat various ailments. The essential oil can be extracted from flowering tops, buds and leaves of the mugwort tree by steam distillation.
The chief constituents of mugwort essential oi include camphene, cineole, alpha-thujone and beta-thujone.
Uses of Mugwort Oil
Mugwort oil blends well with other essential oils such as oakmoss, rosemary, clary sage, cedarwood, lavender and lavandin. Mugwort oil when used in mild doses can serve as a useful home remedy for various ailments.
Mugwort oil is used in the following ways:
- As a room cleanser
- As a deworming agent
- As an insect repellent
- In anti-aging treatments
- As a liver tonic
- As a sedative
Benefits of Mugwort Oil
The health benefits of mugwort oil can be attributed to its vermifuge, diuretic, digestive, cordial, anti-hysteric, uterine, emmenagogue and stimulant properties.
The main health benefits of mugwort oil include:
1. Treats nervous disorders
Mugwort oil is an excellent tonic for the nerves. It helps in strengthening the nerves and treating nervous afflictions.
This essential oil contains stimulant and relaxant properties that sedate the nerves and relaxes them in cases of shock and epileptic attacks. Mugwort oil also stimulates the brain to make it more alert and active.
2. Increases urination
Mugwort oil is a diuretic, which increases urine output and frequency. Increased urination helps eliminate excess water, fats, uric acid, salt and other harmful toxins from the body.
This essential oil is an excellent remedy for those suffering from water retention, hypertension, renal calculi and obesity. It also effectively treats gout, rheumatism and arthritis.
3. Regulates menstrual cycle
Mugwort oil contains emmenagogue properties, which clear obstructed menses and make them more regular.
It also helps alleviate menstrual cycle associated symptoms like cramps, headaches, nausea, abdominal pain and fatigue. Mugwort oil can also be used to prevent early menopause.
4. Cures digestive disorders
Mugwort oil is efficient in curing digestive disorders and microbial infections. It stimulates the flow of digestive juices in the stomach, prevents stomach infections and also helps stimulate appetite and facilitate digestion.
5. Acts as a stimulant
Mugwort oil is a natural stimulant that helps the vital functions in the body such as the discharge of bile, secretions of hormones, nervous responses, blood circulation, enzyme secretions, menstrual discharge and production of breast milk.
6. Kills intestinal worms
Worms stop the absorption of nutrients in the body and affect normal development. Due to its toxic nature, mugwort oil is effective against intestinal worms. It kills worms and helps re-establish a normal growth pattern in the body. It should be administered in mild doses.
7. Delays aging process
Aging is a natural process; however, due to stress and anxiety, many people fall victim to premature aging. Mugwort oil is an effective remedy to counteract signs of aging and delay the aging process.
It is a natural moisturizer that gets deeply absorbed into the skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
8. Prevents bacterial infections
Mugwort oil is loaded with anti-bacterial properties that prevent bacterial growth in the body and fight infections. Mugwort oil also helps kill germs in the environment, hence spraying in mild doses can kill bacteria present in the air.
Side Effects of Mugwort Oil
Since mugwort oil contains thujone, it is neurotoxic, abortifacient and an irritant.
- Mugwort oil is known to have narcotic effects on the brain and also irritate the skin.
- Pregnant women must never use mugwort oil as it can cause early uterine contractions and abortion.
- Breastfeeding mothers are also advised not to use mugwort oil as the toxicity can pass through breast milk.
- A patch test is recommended before using this essential oil.