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“Epazote” Dysphania Ambrosioides or even Chenopodium Ambrosioides
100+ tiny little seeds of Dysphania Ambrosioides or Chenopodium Ambrosioides as it was formerly known.
Most folks just call it Epazote.
You don’t see it for sale in Australia very often and its a very unusual plant. Its said to be great for preventing flatulence and that’s why its most commonly eaten with been dishes and spicy food.
Very easy to grow. Just use a nice loose potting mix, a sprinkle the seeds on top. You may need to add a little water to the baggie to make sure you get them all out. Water well every couple days or as needed, leave in full sun and wait. Should be a nice little carpet ready to transplant in a couple months.
Its been in cultivation since the time of the Mayans, which is a couple thousand years. Naturally high levels of Ascaridole(up to 70%!), limonene, p-cymene and small amounts of numerous other monoterpenes and monoterpene derivitives like alphapinene, mycene, terpinene, thymol, camphor and trans-isocarveol. Ascaridole (1,4-peroxido-p-menth-2-ene) is rather an “uncommon constituent” of spices, and is also quite toxic in large doses. It has a pungent, not very pleasant flavor; in pure form, it is an explosive sensitive to shock, Wikipedia tells me.
Reminds me of siphoning fuel from the work tractor one New Years when I was very hung-over. Seriously folks, eat a big handful like I foolishly did, and it is not that good at all…
Just like a lovely crisp salad, with a light dressing of virgin olive oil, kerosene and turpentine that completely coats the tongue and throat lingering for literally hours.
But that’s where is other claim to fame comes in as a vermicide (kills worms in your gut) and to treat amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, malaria chorea in many parts of the world still to day. “Oil of Chenopodium” is derived from this plant which Merriam-Webster defines it as “a colorless or pale yellow toxic essential oil of unpleasant odor and taste, … formerly used as an anthelmintic”. In the early 1900s it was one of the major anthelmintics used to treat ascarids and hookworms in humans, cats, dogs, horses, and pigs. Anthelmintics are drugs that are used to treat infections with parasitic worms.
It was also sometimes referred to as Baltimore Oil, because of the large production facility in Baltimore that specialized in extracting the oil from the plant. Chenopodium was replaced with other, more effective and allegedly less toxic anthelmintics in the 1940s.
Chenopodium is still used to treat worm infections in humans in many countries today. In Honduras, as well as other Latin American countries, the whole plant or the leaves are ground and added to water. This mixture is then consumed. In a few areas in Latin America, the plant also is used on a large scale to treat worm infections in livestock.
Epazote not only contains terpene compounds making it unattractive to insects itself, it also delivers partial protection to nearby plants simply by masking their scent to some insects, making it a useful companion plant.
I can absolutely vouch for that as our eggplant that were closest to this stuff didn’t get touched but the other end of the row they got hammered by caterpillars and fruit fly.
Apparently its small flowers may also attract some predatory wasps and flies too.
There you go.
Glad I have it, and glad I tried it, and although I was pretty sure I didn’t have worms to start with, with a taste like that I am sure I don’t now!
Grown by us organically, no nasties, no chems, no problems!!!