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What is Moxa?

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Moxa is medicine traditionally made from the dried leaf and stem of Artemesia/mugwort.

As I am learning more about the history of the medicine, it seems that almost every type of artemesia can be made into moxa. Traditionally, people just used whatever variety grew locally. In modern Chinese Medicine a. vulgaris is most commonly used.

Different grades of moxa can be made depending on the degree of processing and refinement. The more  chaff of the plant removed, the more refined.

Less refined moxa will often contain stems and leaf and can be used for general purposes: warming the body, circulating blood and smudging the environment.

More refined moxa is used directly on the body as well.

Moxa is used in conjunction with Acupuncture and is considered one of the primary branches of Chinese Medicine.

I have been wildcrafting A. sucksdorfii here in the NW and to me it really speaks to the YIN energies and to the heart yin specifically. An plant remedy it naturally carries the nourishment and grounding of the earth. For that reason,  I feel it is so important to use with acupuncture because acupuncture is so intense, so penetrating, so yang.

The moxa we have listed on poppyswap is the most refined quality we can possibly make. I will post the exact process on the forum.

Let me know if you have questions!!

Love, Kiki

Kiki
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Moxa keeps coming into my awareness these days and I haven't know anything about it. I had no idea it was mugwort. I love this blessed plant and feel grateful for landing here and learning more! Thank you!

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(¸.•´ (¸*´¨( Kristie {Spirit Horse Herbals} PoppySwappin' @ http://www.poppyswap.com/shop/SpiritHorseHerbals
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Hey Kristie,

I'm not sure if it will be with you at your elevations but if you make it down to the desert you will certainly find some artemesia.

Here's a link to a post I wrote a while back on how to make it if you find some: 

https://medicinewomen.wordpress.com/2010/09/28/how-to-make-moxa/

There's another post there too about identifying artemesia.....

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