The epazote is a very popular plant in Mexico, for its flavor and nutrients. Know all its benefits and learn to take advantage of it with the best recipes.
WHAT IS IT?
It is a plant used in almost all of Mexico, popular since pre-Hispanic times thanks to its great medicinal properties. Its name comes from the Nahuatl epazotl, but in other countries it is also known as palco, it grows on sandy soils and can reach a larger size if it is near rivers or lakes. It is characterized by having a strong smell and with very vivid green leaves, which can be 3 to 10 cm long and 1 to 5 cm wide.
BENEFITS OF EPAZOTE
1. It is a natural antiparasitic, so it helps to eliminate parasites from the stomach.
2. Improves digestion and fights constipation.
3. It has calming and relaxing properties.
4. Its infusion is used to treat stomach problems such as diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain.
5. Helps treat flu and cough as it is good for clearing the airways.
6. Applied directly to the skin, it helps reduce irritation caused by bites and has healing properties.
7. Relieves some menstrual discomfort such as colic.
8. In masks it helps to clean and soften the skin.
9. It works as a powerful insecticide; you just have to spray the infusion of epazote.
HOW TO CONSUME IT?
The best option is to use it to season or complete dishes, such as beans, cottage cheese, fish fillets, broths, soups, sauteed vegetables, etc.
As for tea, it is enough to boil a pair of leaves in a cup of water, but it is best to consult a specialist before taking it as it can have side effects. Care must be taken regarding the doses in which it is consumed, especially the tea or infusion and must also stay away from the root that can be very toxic.
The ideal is to add it to your recipes to give more flavor to your dishes, read on and discover all the options we have for you.
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