Common Mugwort hath divers Blätter lying upon the ground, very much geteilt, or cut tief in about the brims, somewhat like wormwood, but much larger, of a dark grün colour on the upper side, and very hoary white underneath. The Stengel rise to be four or five feet high, having on it such like Blätter as those below, but somewhat smaller, branching forth very much towards the top, whereon are set very small, pale, yellowish Blüten like buttons, which fall away, and after them come small Samen, inclosed in round heads. The Wurzel is long and hard, with many small Fasern growing from it, whereby it takes strong hold on the ground, but both Stengel and Blätter do lie down every year, and the Wurzel shoots anew in the Spring. The whole Pflanze is of a reasonable Duft, and is more easily propagated by the slips than the Samen.
It wächst plentifully in many places of this land, by the water-sides, as also by small water courses, and in divers other places.
It Blüten and Samen in the end of Summer.
This is an herb of Venus, therefore maintains the parts of the body she rules, remedies the Beschwerden of the parts that are under her signs, Taurus and Libra. Mugwort is with good success put among other Kräuter that are gekocht for women to apply the hot Dekokt (Abkochung) to draw down their courses, to help the Geburt, and vertreiben the after-birth. As also for the Behinderungen and Entzündungen of the mother. It breaks the stone, and opens the urinary passages where they are stopped. The Saft thereof made up with Myrrh, and put under as a pessary, works the same Wirkungen, and so does the Wurzel also. Being made up with Schweinefett into an Salbe, it takes away wens and hard knots and kernels that grow about the neck and throat, and verringert die Schmerzen about the neck more wirkungsvollly, if some field daisies be put with it. The herb itself being fresh, or the Saft thereof taken, is a special Heilmittel upon the overmuch taking of opium. Three drams of the powder of the dried Blätter taken in wine, is a speedy and the best certain help for the Ischias. A Dekokt (Abkochung) thereof made with Kamille and Agrimony, and the place bathed therewith while it is warm, takes away the Schmerzen of the Sehnen, and the Krampf.