Mugwort Tea from Swan Valley Herbs

Fennel seed

by Cat, May 25, 2017 (Image, right, from Wikimedia Commons)

Swan Valley Herbs is an old-fashioned apothecary shop specializing in dried herbs, tinctures and salves, owned by Tom Tracey in Bigfork MT (1).

I’ve been using their Mugwort Tea herbal mix – one of their biggest sellers – for about 10 years, to keep my candida overgrowth under control. Its flavor is a bit off-putting until you get used to it, and now I actually like it. He has two different recipes; the one he suggested for me is Mugwort Tea #2.  Its ingredients include the following dried herbs (sorry, I don’t know the relative amounts):

  • Mugwort,
  • Pau D’Arco,
  • Slippery elm, and
  • Fennel seeds.

It’s the latter’s licorice flavor that overrides the off-putting flavors of the others, as you get used to it. I include the instructions to brew the tea (about 5 cups worth), below.

See also: 1. Healing Herbs, Oils and Remedies Menu

Brewing mugwort tea

The following are from the instructions in one package of Mugwort Tea Blend #2 (1). I take 8 oz, 3-times daily; at that dose, one batch lasts about 2 days.

  1. Measure 1¼ – 1½ quarts (5 – 6 cups)* of filtered water to a boil in a stainless-steel or ceramic-coated pot. DO NOT USE AN ALUMINUM POT.
  2. Once it comes to a boil, turn it down to lowest heat.
  3. Stir in the bulk herbs until completely submerged in the water.
  4. Cover and allow to simmer gently for at least 30 minutes, stirring 1 – 2 times during the simmer.
  5. Remove from heat and cool, before straining through a cotton cloth and wringing excess liquid our of the herbs.
  6. Makes about 1 ½ quarts tea
  7. Store 2 – 3 days in clean glass jars/bottles in the refrigerator.
  8. Dosage: 1 cup (8 oz) 2 – 4 times daily before meals.

*NOTE: When he originally subscribed the tea for me in 2008, it required “1½ quarts plus 2 ounces” filtered water to make about 1 quart tea. In 2017 he reduced the amount of filtered water to 1¼ quarts. Not sure why the change; start with 1¼ quarts water; if that is too strong, add another cup (for total of 1½). I use the greater amount, as that is what is familiar to me.


  1. Swan Valley Herbs, 429 Grand Ave; Bigfork MT 59911; owner: Tom Tracey

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