Mugwort Essential Oil
Mugwort is is a perennial shrub that grows in Northern Africa, Western Asia, and Southwestern Europe. Mugwort in all its varieties is neurotoxic based on its thujone content and is abortifacient and should be avoided during pregnancy and lactation.
- Botanical Family: Asteraceae
- Other Common Names: Artemisia, Armoise, White Wormwood
- Part of Plant Used: Leaves
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Variations: It is typically only available as a steam distilled essential oil.
- Chemistry: Mugwort is comprised of ethers (1,8-cineole), ketones (alpha and beta-thujone, camphor), and monoterpene alcohols (terpinen-4-ol, borneol).
- Perfumery: Natural Perfumery
- Digestive: regulates digestion and helps with infections
- Nervous System: calms the nerves, while stimulating alertness
- Reproductive System: Do not use if you are pregnant, lactating, or trying to get pregnant as it is an emmenagogue. It has been used to trigger menstruation and is a uterine tonic.
- Energetics: euphoric
- Spiritual: supports the Solar Plexus Chakra associated with personal will, power, and mental ability, Third Eye Chakra associated with intuition and imagination, and Crown Chakra associated with the higher states of consciousness
- Scent Profile: top note with a bittersweet camphoraceous aroma
- Longevity: The aroma of Mugwort can last up to 16 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Herbaceous
- Blends well with: Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Galbanum, Juniper Berry, Lavandin, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Pine, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, and Sage
- Mugwort in all its varieties is neurotoxic based on its thujone content and is abortifacient should be avoided during pregnancy and lactation.
- Do not use with small children, elders, or epileptics.
- To be used in very low dilutions up to 0.25%
- Do not take orally
Products Using Mugwort Essential Oil
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.