Mugwort "toxicity".

Newsgroups: alt.folklore.herbs
Subject: Re: Herbs to enhance dreaming?
From: (Jonathan Treasure)
Date: 19 May 1995 08:52:14 +0100

>I'm aware there are various herbal teas that will induce sleep, but can anyone recommend something that enhances REM sleep specifically? I am reluctant to use mugwort because the Rodale Encyclopedia of Herbs regards it as toxic.

That information is ridiculous. Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) is not toxic, although Wormwood ( A. absinthum ) has few redeeming features.

A number of herbs are associated with inducing or encouraging dreams, however this is more in esoteric than medicinal usage. It is not necessary to ingest these herbs at all to obtain these effects, you can use Hypericum or A. vulgaris, and hang a freshly harvested bunch near your bed. Alternatively use the flower essences of either plant. And buy a decent reference book for heaven's sake.