Artemisia frigida has a variety of uses for Indigenous Peoples of North America. It is used medicinally for coughs, colds, wounds, and heartburn by the Blackfoot. The Cree People use it for headache and fever and the Tewa People took it for gastritis and indigestion Among the Zuni, the whole plant is made into an infusion for colds. Sprigs of this plant and corn ears are attached to decorated tablets and carried by female dancers in a drama. The sprigs are also dipped in water and planted with corn so the corn will grow abundantly.
Both the growing and the dried plant can be used as an insect repellent. The leaves can be placed on a camp fire to repel mosquitoes. The aromatic leaves have been used in pillows etc as a deodorant. A green dye is obtained from the leaves. Cultivated for its foliage effects, it has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. Used in landscaping and for erosion control and revegetation of rangeland. It is drought-resistant.
Grown on Bryndu Farm