Mugwort is an interesting word. Depending on who you ask, Mugwort can bring up images of soil and leafy greens due to its earthy pronunciation. For others, it can remind them of home and family meals thanks to its Asian significance. As Mugwort presence becomes more pronounced in the industry, we decided to dive head first into this ingredient’s mystical origins and discover why it is such a powerful skincare extract.
WHAT IS MUGWORT?
Mugwort is a broad term for a series of aromatic plants in the Artemisia family. Some species include Artemisia vulgaris, Artemisia princeps, and Artemisia douglasiana. Artemisia vulgaris is the herb most often used when cooking. Artemisia princeps, also known as 쑥 (ssuk), is Korean mugwort and is the plant mostly used in Korean skincare. Mugwort is often harvested in Europe and Asia. It has a history that can be traced back to the founding of South Korea in 2333 B.C.E.
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According to Korean Mythology, the son of the “Lord of Heaven” challenged a tiger and bear to stay inside a cave for 100 days, with only garlic cloves and mugwort to survive on, in exchange for their humanity. The bear lasted till the very last day and was transformed into a beautiful woman who later gave birth to Dangun. Dangun is the founder of Gojoseon, Korea’s very first Dynasty.
In Greek Mythology, the Artemisia plant family got it’s aromatic and medicinal properties from Artemis, the goddess of hunting and the wilderness. Legend states that the goddess entrusted the plant to Chiron the Centaur who was a wise and great healer. It was Chiron who developed medical treatments from the Artemisia plants.
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Mugwort is considered a health tonic thanks to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. This herb can treat a number of stomach issues and can kick start your metabolism. It can also stimulate the uterus which helps regulate menstrual cycles and soothe period cramps. The sedative aspects of Mugwort are said to combat anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
SKIN CARE BENEFITS
This root is jammed packed with antioxidants and vitamins. Mugwort contains vitamin A & E compounds. Along with traces of iron, potassium, and calcium. These properties allow Mugwort to effectively treat and soothe, dry irritated skin. It also relieves redness, hydrates, and combats acne in a way that is gentle enough for sensitive skin.
As you can see, Mugwort is a great herb that is suitable for all skin types. It is the perfect additive into any skincare routine. If you haven’t tried Mugwort yet, we recommend you start with the I’m From Mugwort Line. It is a great way to infuse this all-in-one ingredient without changing your routine.Find the I’m From Mugwort Line Here