- Mugwort is a perennial plant that is native to Europe and parts of Asia and Africa. It now grows in many parts of the world, including North America.
- Historically, mugwort has been used in traditional systems of medicine in different parts of the world.
- Today, mugwort taken orally (by mouth) is promoted for digestive problems, irregular menstruation, and high blood pressure. It is also promoted as a sedative, laxative, and liver tonic.
- Mugwort lotion applied topically (to the skin) is promoted for itching caused by hypertrophic scars (visible, raised scars that can sometimes cause restricted movement of muscles, joints, and tendons).
- Very little research has been done on mugwort in people.
- One preliminary study shows that a topical lotion containing mugwort and menthol relieves itching associated with hypertrophic scars from severe burns. Because it’s only one very small study, definite conclusions cannot be made.
- There’s not enough evidence to say whether mugwort is beneficial for any other conditions.
- Little is known about whether it’s safe to take mugwort orally or to use it topically.
- Mugwort should not be used during pregnancy because it may start menstruation and cause the uterus to contract. Little is known about whether it’s safe to use mugwort while breastfeeding.
- Talk to your health care providers about any complementary health approaches before you use. It may be contraindicated with any medications you are currently taking.