Artemisia vulgaris (mugwort or common wormwood) is one of several species in the genus Artemisia which have common names that include the word mugwort.
It is native to temperate Europe, Asia, northern Africa and Alaska and is naturalized in North America.
The leaves and buds, best picked shortly before the plant flowers in July to September, were used as a bitter flavouring agent to season fat, meat and fish.
It has also been used to flavour beer before the introduction of or instead of hops.
In the Middle Ages, mugwort was used as a magical protective herb. Mugwort was used to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens. Mugwort has also been used from ancient times as a remedy against fatigue and to protect travellers against evil spirits and wild animals. Roman soldiers put mugwort in their sandals to protect their feet against fatigue.
It is a weak aromatic plant. It has a lightly bitter taste and smells like mint and jenever.
Other names :
Old Uncle Henry.
St. John’s Plant (not to be confused with St John’s wort).