Artemisia douglasiana

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Artemisia douglasiana
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Artemisia
Species: A. douglasiana
Binomial name
Artemisia douglasiana

Artemisia douglasiana (California Mugwort, Douglas's Sagewort or Dream Plant) is an aromatic shrub in the genus Artemisia. It is native to western North America, in the Western United States and into Baja California, Mexico.

Its leaves have been shown to contain Thujone, which is suspected to have mild psychoactive properties, and Cineole, which is an antibacterial agent.[1]


A. douglasiana was used by native American tribes to relieve joint pain and headaches, and to treat abrasions and rashes (including poison ivy). It was also used to treat women's reproductive issues, including irregular menstruation and was occasionally used as an abortifacient.

This plant also had ceremonial and spiritual purposes for many tribes. It was commonly carried to ward off spirits of the dead and was smoked or drunk as a tea to induce vivid dreams.[1][2][3]

This plant is often planted by modern herbalists for both medicinal and spiritual uses.


  1. ^ a b "Information About California Mugwort". Indigenous Knowledge Project. 
  2. ^ "Native American Uses of California Plants: Ethnobotany". University of California, Santa Cruz Arboretum. 
  3. ^ Hunn, Eugene S. (1990). Nch'i-Wana, "The Big River": Mid-Columbia Indians and Their Land. University of Washington Press. p. 352. ISBN 0-295-97119-3. 

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