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Dysphania ambrosioides - Epazote

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Dysphania ambrosioides, Epazote

Epazote is an annual or short-lived perennial herb. It is native to Central America, South America, and southern Mexico.

Uses

Helminthic infestation, Indigestion, Cramps, Ulcers, Asthma, Intestinal worms, Folic, Diarrhea, Sore throats.[1]

Parts Used

Leaf, Whole plant, Seeds.

Chemical Composition

Alpha-pinene, aritasone, ascaridole, butyric-acid, d-camphor, essential oils, ferulic-acid, geraniol[2]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada ಕಾಡುಓಮ Kaadu oma, ಗುಡ್ಡೆಓಮ Gudde oma
Hindi Sugandha vastuka
Malayalam Eechchekkolli, Kattayamodakam
Tamil
Telugu
Marathi Chandanbatva
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit
English American wormseed, Jerusalem-tea

[3]

Properties

Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.

Dravya

Rasa

Guna

Veerya

Vipaka

Karma

Prabhava

Habit

Herb

Identification

Leaf

Kind Shape Feature
Simple Oblong The leaves are divided into 3-6 toothed leaflets, with smaller leaflets in between

Flower

Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual 2-4cm long Yellow 5-10 Flowers Season is June - August

Fruit

Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Simple 7–10 mm (0.28–0.4 in.) long pome Clearly grooved lengthwise, Lowest hooked hairs aligned towards crown With hooked hairs Fruiting season is August - April

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Cuttings.

How to plant/cultivate

Epazote grows best in full sun in a warm tropical climate. Grows in cultivated garden beds.[4]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Tall grasslands, Meadows, Borders of forests and fields.

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References

  1. Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume - 2 by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No. 764
  2. Plant chemicals
  3. Common names
  4. Cultivation and harvesting

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