We have the most amazing Mugwort plant – she stands taller than me and would like nothing more than take over my garden! With her lovely buds and flowers and soft leaves with a silvery white underside and super sturdy stalks, she waves frantically from the garden for us to come use her.
We have made teas, tinctures, braids, smudge sticks, placed in pillow cases and rubber boots and even woven into my new drum, what else could we make with this amazing plant?
We decided to make Mugwort frozen Yogurt — Simply divine! Mugwort has been totted as the new matcha in Korean cuisine, so give it a try anywhere you might add matcha.
Some of my favourite Mugwort facts:
She is a dreamers herb – if you would like to dream more, recall your dreams, steer your dreams this is the plant for you! I have a large sprig of Mugwort in my pillowcase and enjoy a cup of my Dream Tea at bedtime which contains dried Mugwort. Keep a dream journal handy! I have placed Mugwort leaves in my rubber boots, just like the Roman Soldiers did, except they would put it in their sandals to keep their feet from tiring and aching. While walking you crush the plant underfoot and it releases the plants essential oils into your sole of the foot. Mugwort is highly sought after for the female reproductive system. Aids with balancing and supporting a regular menstrual cycle. Expels internal parasites and worms. Also induces sweating, aids in digestion and promotes urine productions. One of its common names is St. John’s Plant, which comes from the belief that a girdle of Mugwort was worn for protection, by John the Baptist.
Note: Mugwort is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
Mugwort Frozen Yogourt
2 cups of buds and flowers
2 cups leaves
(Works out to approximately 4 large stalks of Mugwort)
2 cups vanilla yogurt
4 frozen bananas (or try grapes and blueberries)
How to make:
Garble the Mugwort, measure 2 cups buds and flowers, and 2 cups leaves. Blanch buds, flowers, and leaves for four to five minutes in a bowl until vibrant green. Add ice cubes to cool. Drain excess water. Puree the Mugwort to a smooth paste consistency in a blender. Add yogourt and puree. Add bananas and blend. Once you have smoothie consistency you can stop here and have a refreshing smoothie or pour into a bowl, place in freezer for three hours or until frozen. Scoop into your favourite dish and garnish with a sprig of edible flower and Mugwort leaf.