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.
I want to touch on this and some of what others said a little as I fully agree with some of the posts. There seems to be a lot of copy and paste information on the web and not a lot of common sense. It seems that one person's makes a claim and the rest jump on the bandwagon. Also, Aloe made a really good point about the berries she eats (I assume she is referring to the poke berries she has mentioned before?) that even though the masses were screaming poison she was taught opposite by people that have experience with that herb and has not suffered for it.
So here are the questions. Do any of you intuit your herb information and uses from the spirits or "other", or trusted people? If so, do they contradict what the lemmings are saying online? If yes, do you trust in your own allies, abilities and knowledge or do you follow the "accepted" uses and knowledge? If you trust them, do you have the will to use the herb in that way? How did it work out? I think there is a massive difference between the traditional witch and the modern witch and I think this is one area where it is apparent.
Just to be clear for those guests that can see what I write, I am not saying to blatantly ignore warnings because you heard a voice or want to be more traditional or whatever. I am talking about using common sense along with the messages received by those who have a real connection with the spirits and use herbs in accordance with their wisdom, the way our ancestors did before there was the internet or even books and education. If you're stupid enough to overdose on poison, that's on you.
Back to Mugwort, I use it frequently. It is also the largest jar in my cupboard. I normally use it to smudge, but not often as it has a slight cannabis smell. It smolders very well and is great for clearing out unwanted visitors. For tea I have used the dose Sara mentioned, though only drank half the cup. For me that was plenty. It didn't taste bitter to me, it had a nice flavor that reminded me of something I had had before, but I could not place it. Everyone is different, listen to your guides and to your body.