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Growing Information:

Epazote

DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days

SOWING TIME: Spring

SEEDING METHOD: Direct or Transplant

SUNLIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun

PLANT HEIGHT: 24-36"

PLANT SPACING: 4-6"

HARDINESS ZONES: Annual

Habitat and Description


Growing Epazote
CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS Indoors: Start seeds in early Spring to move outside after frost in your area.
Outdoors: Direct-sow every 2-3 weeks from Spring to Summer to ensure lots of leaves. The plants get quite tall 60cm (24") so sow a small clump of seeds every 30cm (12"). Bring a plant indoors in a container for the winter to ensure a fresh product.

Set transplants out every 30cm (12"). Epazote grows quite densely, so thinning is not necessary.

Gather the leaves so that you have 2tbsp of chopped fresh leaves available to add to 5 cups of cooked beans. It is important to add in the last 15 minutes of cooking. The leaves can be dried, but fresh are better.



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The benefits of Epazote

Epazote is a remedy for roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms. Also used as an effective remedy for upper respiratory illnesses like cough, asthma, bronchitis etc.

Epazote is also used to alleviate angina, for relief from intestinal gas and a general digestive aid, to increase sweating.

The decoction of its leaf is used to expel gas from the intestines and as a mild laxative. It is used as an insecticide and a natural healer for cramps, gout, hemorrhoids, worms in the intestine, and nervous system disorders.

Since the essential oil which is distilled from the seeds, is toxic, the oil of Epazote plant is not recommended for internal use. However, the leaves of this plant which contains smaller amounts of essential oil is the recommended treatment for intestinal parasites in herbal medicinal healing systems. Not recommended in pregnant women and nursing mothers.





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