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COMMON NAME: Epazote
LATIN NAME: Chenopodium Ambrosioides
ORIGIN: South America, Europe
HABITAT: Grows wild in the eastern and southern parts of the United States and Europe. Also can be found in Western India, North Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Chile.
BOTANICAL INFORMATION: Epazote (lat. Chenopodium ambrosioides L.) is a perennial herb of the Chenopodiaceae family. Epazote is a perennial aromatic plant reaching 100-150 cm in height. The root is long and pivotal. The stem is branched, ribbed and straight. The leaves are alternate, pointed, narrowing towards the base, medium-sized, oval-elliptical in shape, dentate along the edge. Plain green flowers are collected in paniculate inflorescences. The flowers are bisexual, with a simple cup-shaped perianth. The plant has five stamens. The fruits are round, single-seeded, easily crumbled, with a membranous pericarp and numerous glands that produce essential oil. The seeds are numerous, small, covered with a smooth, shiny brown-black shell. Chenopodium Ambrosioideshas a pleasant smell. The flowering period is in August - September, seeds ripen in September - October.
CHEMICAL COMPOSITION: Epazote is packed with magnesium and potassium, calcium and zinc, phosphorus and iron, copper and selenium, manganese and sulfur, as well as vitamins of group B, A and C. The leaves contain essential oil, which consists of ascaridol (up to 80%), tsimol, limonene, terpene, silvestren. The plant also has butyric acid, ferulic acid, folic acid, malic acid, tartaric acid, geraniol and quercetin in its composition.
Chenopodium Ambrosioides is a toxic plant; therefore its use must be controlled by a doctor.
The absolute contraindication to the use of Epazote is pregnancy and breast-feeding period.
The homeland of Chenopodium Ambrosioides is Mexico and the tropical part of America. In Western Europe, the plant has been cultivated since the second half of the last century.
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