The mugwort will be bundled up later to create smudge sticks. Gail Edwards in her book 'Opening our Wild Hearts to the Healing Herbs' (see my book list) states that mugwort has an ancient history as a sacred and protective herb with special healing qualities. The down on its leaves makes moxa, used by Chinese herbalists and acupuncturists to stimulate stagnant energy. American Indians used mugwort to relieve headache and backache, rheumatism, and parasite infestations. It grows quite tall and I think it is quite beautiful!

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Thank you so much....say, doesn't mugwort also help with meditation as well ?  Seems I read that somewhere....

I have used Mugwort for bruises and when I was a tenn, to hide hickeys.  lol  It really works!

I'm thinking of making most of my yard an herb garden next spring. I'm having some health issues, such as poor circulation in my legs and edema, Any suggestions?


Cayenne, or Capsicum, is widely regarded as the most effective herbal remedy for circulation problems. It can help to stimulate your heart, strengthen your arteries, and regulate blood flow. You can mix it with water, take it as a capsule, or use it as a ground red pepper seasoning on your food.
Thanks Tanya. Luckily for me I love cayenne pepper I'll try that right away.

Gingko Biloba, which is best known for improving memory, is an excellent circulation booster, because it helps to increase the flow of blood through the brain. Garlic, when taken on a regular basis, can help tone your heart and circulatory system, lower your cholesterol levels, and cleanse your blood. This, in turn, can help to stabilize your blood pressure, decrease your risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), and prevent heart disease. Onion, being closely related to garlic, also provides similar health benefits.

Ginger stimulates body tissues, and is also an excellent remedy for poor circulation. Anthocyanin, the red pigment in grapes, can help to heal varicose veins, and increase coronary blood flow. Pennywort is taken by Buddhist monks to provide clarity in meditation, because it helps to increase circulation.

Prickly ash stimulates the central circulatory system, and hawthorn regulates the heart's rhythm. It increases the force of contraction, so the output of blood from the heart is improved, and it helps to restore the heart muscle. It can also help with high blood pressure.

Since stress is a contributing factor to heart and circulatory problems, there are herbs that are herbs specifically recommended to help deal with stress, and as a result, help with poor circulation. Valerian root, is known as a natural tranquilizer, that doesn't interfere with thought processes or with your ability to carry out complicated mental tasks. It is a calming plant that can be taken for long periods, without becoming habit-forming.

Chamomile tea is very common and is even safe for children. Chamomile is a natural antispasmodic, calming and healing the entire digestive tract. Linden flowers are relaxing, soothing, and have been found to restore the interior walls of the arteries. Fresh lemon balm contains a number of volatile oils that strengthen the nervous system, and it also has anti-viral properties.

Elder flowers, yarrow and peppermint help relaxation, and witch hazel is an effective remedy for eye strain. Put a little distilled witch hazel on cotton balls and place it over your closed eyes to relax and cool them. Marshmallow coats the nerve endings in the digestive tract, when there is any kind of irritation.

Oh I just noticed the rest of this. I have Valerian which I use for sleep. I'll pick up some Gingko and Garlic, etc. as soon as I go to the herbal shop. Your great! BB
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