Mugwort is a very abundant herb with an affinity for the dream world. In acupuncture, mugwort is used in moxibustion, during which it is burned in a tight cigarlike shape and held near the surface of the skin to warm and invigorate the flow of chi and relieve muscle spasms and cramping. This healing practice should, of course, be performed by a trained professional. Moxibustion and topical applications of mugwort are wonderful remedies for muscle and menstrual cramps!
How to use mugwort: While it’s not recommended to ingest, mugwort can easily be dried and hung in the bedroom or made into a pillow sachet to induce lucid dreaming. Mugwort can also make a nice smudge stick, which can be burned in the bedroom to achieve the same effects!
To source fresh herbs in your community, seek out local farmers markets, CSAs, and farms in your area or look for outdoor classes sometimes called "Herb Walks" or "Plant Walks," lead by herbalists or foragers. If you live in New England or New York, check out Sawmill Farm's Fresh Herb CSA, which runs May-October. If you can't source fresh herbs in your community, seek out herb shops or health food stores that carry organically cultivated and ethically sourced dried herbs. Flower Power, Radicle, and Remedies herb shops all carry dried, bulk herbs. You'll want to purchase at least an ounce of dried herbs with which to experiment. Make sure you consult a recipe for exact measurements though, if you have something specific in mind.
Alternately, shops like The Alchemist's Kitchen carry finely crafted, small batch herbal remedies and tinctures, salves, and teas as artisanal, finished products. Store all herbs and herbal products in a cool dark place. When stored properly, many herbal products will have a shelf live of several years; aim to use up dried herbs within a few months. Its recommended to spend some quality time with your herbal allies, so that you can truly understand their particular medicine
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