Mugwort: What Dreams May Come?

| 5/15/2009 3:45:27 PM


I wasn’t expecting to come home with a bundle of mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) when I left Blessed Thistle Farm in McLouth, Kansas. On Monday morning, Audrey Klopper, owner of Blessed Thistle Farm, led me around her bountiful garden and showed me all the amazing plants she harvests daily. As we walked through the garden, she picked mustard seed and arugula for both of us to taste and peppermint (Mentha piperita) for us to smell. We walked past some of her healing nervines, nettles (Urtica dioica) and hops (Humulus lupulus).

Photo by oceandestoiles/Courtesty Flickr 

When it was time to leave, Audrey handed me a bundle of mugwort and told me to hang it above my bed. Mugwort, an herb that was once used as a charm used against evil spirits, treatment toward alleviating digestion and a preventative solution for tired feet, is also an herb that has been used to induce vivid dreams (The Art of Artemesias). I followed Audrey's instructions and tied the mugwart together and hung it on a painting above my bed to try and induce dreams.

(Learn more about tieing herbal bouquets.)

My dream wasn’t exactly vivid but I think it was because I was trying too hard to make the mugwort work. I dreamt that I was punching numbers into an excel spreadsheet over and over—but that’s probably because I’ve been doing a lot of that for school.