Date: Sun, 22 Oct 1995 20:00:20 -0500
From: Liz Vose <liz.ERVOSE.MV.COM>
Subject: Artemesia ludoviana (Silver King)
I have a few questions about this plant:
Is it edible? Can it be used in cooking or for tea?
Is it anything like mugwort? Could it be used in dream pillows?
By the way, this is a recipe I found in an herb book for dream pillows. I have never used one but I know a while back some of you were discussing them:
1/2 cups hops (encourages sleep)
1/4 cup of lavender flowers (makes dreams pleasant)
1/8 cup of rosemary leaves (to remember dreams)
1/8 cup of thyme leaves (to prevent nightmares)
2 tablespoons of mugwart leaves (to encourage dreaming)
Thanks for the help about the artemisia 'Silver King'.
From: Howie Brounstein <howieb.TELEPORT.COM>
>Is it edible? Can it be used in cooking or for tea?
>Is it anything like mugwort? Could it be used in dream pillows?
I often use Artemisia ludoviciana, and I call it Mugwort. But then I call all herbaceous (non-woody) Artemisia's mugwort. I'm not familiar with this particular subspecies (silver king), but there are many subspecies of A. ludoviciana. Every one I have seen could be used for dreams or medicinal preparation.
They are kind of strong to use as food.
From: "R.M.K." <iss.RCI.RIPCO.COM>
> I often use Artemisia ludoviciana, and I call it Mugwort.
'Silver King' is a cultivar of the western mugwort <A.ludoviciana>
'Silver Queen' and 'Valerie Finnis' are also cultivars of this species'common' mugwort is usually considered <A.vulgaris>
'white' mugwort is the species <A.lactiflora>
'Sweet Annie' is a cultivar of <A.annua>, also called 'Qing-hao'
'Powis Castle' is a garden hybrid Artemisia
many of the genus ARTEMISIA are also commonly referred to as WORMWOOD, and probably are not correctly considered mugworts... but, again, this is a problem w/ using common-name nomenclature. I've had good luck using SOUTHERNWOOD <A.abrotanum> for dream-aromatherapy, also.
If you like the smell of Artemisias... try a little with seasoning your holiday stuffing... French tarragon <A.dracunculus> is an excellent sage-like herb w/a touch of anise.
hope this helps....... Rob.