Epazote is a herb that is native to Mexico, South America, and Central America. When this plant grows it lives for only a short while. The blooming flowers are small and green. This herb also grows here in the United States and Europe. Epazote is also called Wormseed or Mexican Tea. Epazote has culinary or medicnal uses. It is often used as a leaf vegetable or herb. This herb has a very pungent flavor. The flavor is similar to anise or fennel. The fragrance of epazote is very strong, similar to mint or savory. In Mexico it is usually served with black beans to add flavor or color. It is also used to flavor other Mexican dishes such as enchiladas, tamales, or soups. It is delicious served with corn. This is a very popular herb that is used in Mexican dishes. Some times it is eaten as leafy greens.
In herbal medicine, epazote is very useful in treating bloating that is caused from eating beans. It is also used for the treatment of asthma, malaria, and hysteria. The essential oil of this plant is used for killing intestinal worms. It is also used as a antispasmodic to help relax muscles. this herb is not recommended for pregnant women because it is known to induce abortion. When using any herb as a remedy for health problems, please seek the advice of an expert before using. This herb has been used for many years in herbal medicine. Often it is used to aid digestive problems.