What Is Mugwort Tea? 4 Potential Benefits

Mugwort tea is a smooth, well-bodied herbal drink loaded with potential health benefits.  But what is mugwort tea, anyway? 

What is mugwort tea?

Mugwort refers to an aromatic flowering plant family also known as Artemisia Vulgaris. This incredible herb is a traditional medicine in northern Europe, North America, and Asia.

My first introduction to mugwort dates back as far as I can remember. When I was little, my great-grandmother had a box of dried mugwort tea in her cabinet that she kept drinking every other day, especially during Lunar New Year when it got cold early in the morning.

Fast forward to 2022, when I finally hit my mid-20s, mugwort tea finally made its debut in my herbal tea collection, thanks to an incredible range of health benefits. Mugwort tea can help treat anxiety, digestion problems, and an irregular menstrual cycle.

What Does Mugwort Tea Taste Like?

Mugwort tea wakes up your taste buds with a smooth, well-rounded body and a reminiscence of aniseed. 

Keep it a while in your mouth before washing it down your throat. You’ll recognize a beautiful balance of both bitterness and sweetness in the aftertaste by then. And then, the subtle aroma of the tea is translated back into your nose to create blissful happiness that keeps you warm.

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Potential Health Benefits Of Mugwort Tea

Potential health benefits of mugwort tea

Mugwort tea is rich in flavonoids, triterpenes, antioxidant agents, vitamins, and calcium that target multiple parts of your body.

  • Mugwort leaves are antifungal and antibacterial.
  • The antioxidant and antimicrobial properties found in mugwort tea help fight the effects of ultraviolet radiation that slows down cell growth in the body.
  • There is a high concentration of the B-family vitamins in mugwort tea, enhancing your metabolism.
  • For centuries, Asian women consumed mugwort tea during their menstrual cycles. However, if you are pregnant mugwort may trigger premature labor.

Potential Mugwort Tea Side Effects

While mugwort tea is relatively safe to consume daily, it can be toxic if taken in high doses due to the level of thujone in the leaves, responsible for seizures, kidney failure, and vomiting.

Some people are allergic to mugwort. If you experience swelling, tingling on the tongue, headaches, or severe coughing, stop drinking mugwort tea immediately and consult your doctor.

In some of the worst scenarios, severe allergies caused by mugwort tea will lead to uterine contractions and trigger menstruation. 

You might also be interested in learning about sage tea.

Can You Drink Mugwort Tea Every Day?

Yes, if you’re an average, healthy person who is not pregnant or taking medication. As a woman in her mid-20s, I’ve been drinking two to three cups of mugwort tea every day and haven’t seen any side effects or severe problems.

Unlike some other teas that should be drunk 20 minutes or an hour after a meal, mugwort tea can be consumed with an empty stomach to increase its absorption effect.

How To Make Mugwort Tea

I like to drink hot mugwort tea at home when it’s getting cold in fall or on rainy days. You can buy mugwort tea online in bags or dried and steep it with hot water and some other additives to enhance the overall tasting profile.

  • I put two tablespoons of dried, crushed mugwort tea in a 17oz teapot before the hot water goes in and let it sit in the water for up to 15 minutes.
  • Then, use a strainer to remove the leaves when pouring the tea into your teacup.
  • I also like to add one teaspoon of honey to each cup of mugwort tea. Alternatively, you can also go for some mint and lemon balm to enhance its flavor.