Dysphania ambrosioides L.

Native to the Americas, this herb is related to quinoa and has ancient therapeutic uses. In Brazil, it is basically known for its medicinal properties – in the Northeast, a mixture of epazote and milk, according to popular wisdom, fights the symptoms of bronchitis. The leaves and seeds can be used in infusions and salves. Among its most celebrated benefits are intestinal parasites elimination, cramp relieving, appetite stimulator, digestion aid, insect bite healer and a relief for respiratory problems. In Mexico, the powerful scent, and the fresh and pungent taste of epazote justify its culinary use as an aromatic herb in beans, pork, and fish dishes, and to season cheese- filled tortillas.