|Botanical Name||Artemisia vulagaris L.|
Mugwort is distributed throughout Nepal within the altitude of 300m to 2500m. It is a very common plant growing on nitrogenous soils,like weedy and uncultivated areas, such as waste places and roadsides.
It is a tall herbaceous perennial plant growing 1-2 m with a woody root. The leaves are aromatic,5-20 em long, dark green, pinnate, alternate, with dense white tomentose hairs on the underside. The erect stem often has a red purplish tinge. Inconspicuous flowers occur in clusters at the top of the plants. Individual heads are 2.5-3 mm wide and appears on short stalks. It flowers from July to September.
Artemisia oil is extracted from steam distillation of aerial parts, flower tops and leaves of Artemisia vulgaris. The oil yield percentage is very low.
The species has a number of recorded historic uses in food, herbal medicine, and as a smoking herb. It is traditionally used for anthelmintic, expectorant, stomachic, antiseptic, emmenagogue, hemorrhage etc. Roots are used as tonic.
Artemisia oil has wide range of therapeutic uses such as carminative, anthelmintic, antispasmodic, choleretic, diuretic, nervine, stimulant, stomachache, tonic etc. The oil is uses as disinfectant, room freshener, and used as a fragrance components in soaps and perfumes.
Mugwort contains Thujone, which is toxic for prolonged intake in large amounts. Pregnant women, in particular, should avoid consuming large amounts of Mugwort.
|Appearance:||A fluid liquid|
|Aroma:||Powerful, fresh camphoraceous,bitter herbaceous odour|
The leaf oil contains a-thujone as major component;others are a-pinene, -pinene,
1,8-cineol, camphor, iso-borneol, -caryophyllene,
caryophyllene oxide, davanone, p-cymene,germacrene D,
6-cadinene,limonene, camphene etc.
The flower oil contains sabinene, myrcene, allo aromadendrene, -cubebene and o-guaiene as major components.
|Specific gravity||0.8786 to 0.9265 at 250 C?>|
|Optical rotation||[-]13.25°to [-]29.350 at 25°C?>|
|Refractive index||1.350 to 1.49 at 25°C?>|
|Acid number||2.49to 6.5|
|Ester number||25.05to 55|
|Ester number||65 to 90 (after acetylation)|
|Solubility||Insoluble in alcohol|