"Has artemisia come to help us unlock the deep dreams that day to day living has swept seemingly out of reach? Has she come to guard us and protect us while we realign ourselves with the strength of feminine energy? Has she come–with her liver cleansing and digestive tonic– to help ease the pain of those sisters who can not honor their monthly cycle by calling “time-out”? I think she has.”
Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie
"Artemisia’s genus name, points to her close relationship with Artemis, Goddess of the Moon. Artemis is the untamed wild woman who runs free with the wolves, the deer and the hounds and is called Mother of all Creatures and Queen of the Witches. She is considered a protector of the herbalist, the midwife, the birthing woman, and the hunter. In Roman tradition, she was known as Diana the Huntress who “helps us capture the spiritual food we need.”"
-Danielle Prohom Olson
We need a dose of Artemisia’s magic more than ever. After all, no other plant has been more associated with supporting reproductive cycles than Artemisia vulgaris or Mugwort. Often called the “holy of holies” or “the mother of all healing herbs”, her role in sacred women’s rites connected with the moon, with dreaming, divination and psychic visioning stretches back to the mists of prehistory.
Scientists are still not sure why Artemisia is so effective, some theorize she works by supporting estrogen-dependent chemical processes. But perhaps her effect goes far beyond the physiological? Unlike our menstruation phobic society, many ancient cultures saw menstruation (or moontime) as a source of spiritual power. Moon time was Dreamtime and Artemisia’s purpose was to help us divine, dream and “see”.
We have long understood menstrual cycles align with lunar cycles, and the word menstruation comes from the Greek menus meaning both moon and power. And according to Dr. Christiane Northrup “scientific research has documented that the moon rules the flow of fluids (ocean tides as well as individual body fluids) and affects the unconscious mind and dreams.”
Artemisia elixir can help relieve everything from painful cramps to hot flashes, the symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Endometriosis are well known. Mugwort increases circulation to the uterus and pelvic region regulates hormone levels and is considered especially helpful for “premenstrual syndrome” a collection of symptoms or sensations (anxiety, irritability, and mood swings).
Notes from ARTEMISIA MOONTIME ELIXIR: A RECIPE FOR DREAM MAGIC by Danielle Prohom Olson
Ingredients: Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), 100 proof vodka, raw honey, love.
*These statements has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only. Please see your health care practitioner for any questions or concerns.