Posted 25 May 2012 - 03:10 PM
Okay, but I am pretty sick of all the witch herbs getting worse reputations than they deserve. Be smart about all new herbs you try, some people are allergic to chamomile for goodness sakes, if its your first time having chamomile make sure someone is around, but the attitude about plant use is over the top and I think dictated by the big pharma industry.
It gets to the point that even a plant with a the very mildest pyschic effect is being referred to as narcotic. By the way I entirely disagree with that characterization. It may be correct by an old fashioned usage of the word, but by the USLegal definition and by its common usage to mean an addictive opiate, it is not. The old fashioned meaning of narcotic meant anything with a psychoactive effect that made you sleepy. However that is not common usage and unfairly places this non addictive mild plant alongside herion. Its like comparing sugar to speed and calling it an aphetimine because they both give you an energetic high.
Also, you are calling it toxic--why because it isn't that great for your liver. Well let me tell you what else isn't good for your liver: alcohol. Is alcohol toxic? I think its an exaggeration! If used to frequently, in too high of doses, and if you are intolerant to it, well yeah, I guess it can be "toxic". But again the word here toxic, it commonly means poisonous. For example, you don't give kids paints with toxic pigments, why because lead, mercury and cadmium can kill you if you eat them and they are paint pigments. But mugwort doesn't just outright kill you. You would have to way way over do it. I can only find people saying mugwort can be overdosed on and can cause death as comments in forums, not in any authoritative places. That makes the claim highly suspect to me. I'd like to see it on an official website that is a current and up to date study. The only information I am seeing of any repute says that its bad to drink it three times a day for ten days in a row. They are talking large quanities, not the small amounts being discussed here.
I am going off on a rant, but until yesterday, Mugwort was the only plant of this kind I could talk about openingly without getting thrown a huge danger drugs line and I am very disappointed to see this one join the ranks. Please don't take it personally, I just needed to stand up for a plant ally that I work with and love. Its a friendship thing, you understand.
"A Craft, a calling, a set of Keys to unlock a particular cosmology that is borne, and born, in the blood of the practitioner, and sets the Work to be done with which one may commune with those who hold the patterns and keys of the life of the practitioner and hir stream. The Work is to be done, and we are to do it." --Aiseling the Bard