California Mugwort (Artemisia douglasiana) is a silvery green strongly aromatic woolly herb in the Sunflower family. It is similar to the European variety of Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris). Mugwort is used to regulate and bring on menses in women, as an antiparasitic to detoxify the liver, to cleanse the blood, to improve digestion, to improve circulation, and as a compress for muscle spasm and pain being especially useful for overexertion. Mugwort’s woolly fibers are made into moxa that is burned above areas of pain or “stagnation” as a stimulating therapy in Chinese Medicine. The Chumash Native Americans practiced a similar technique using Ca. Mugwort and used the plant to treat muscle and joint aches, poison oak rash, abdominal and menstrual cramping and pain, diarrhea, fever, and headache. It has been used as an aid for lucid dreaming, meditation, and working with the spirit world. My favorite use for this hydrosol is as a moxa spray for pain, swelling, hernia, and pain combined with infrared heat or moist heat.