Information on Wormseed

Latin NameChenopodium ambrosioides
Other NamesEpazote
Part UsedLeaf, Seed
Herb FormsBulk herb.
AffectsDigestive system
CautionsSeeds and seed oil are toxic.
Botanical InfoA strong-smelling annual or perennial with fern-like oblong to ovate leaves and flowers arranged in interrupted spikes.
DescriptionAdding a few fresh or dried leaves to beans while cooking is said to help eliminate gas. The seed is used in traditional Mexican medicine to rid intestinal parasites. The oil extracted from the seed was formerly used to treat pinworms, but is highly toxic. A mild tea from the seeds or leaves is safe when used under the guidance of an experienced herbalist.


Fresh Leaves1-2 Leaves

Ailments Treated by Wormseed

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Flatulencecarminativeleaf cooked with beans


Weiss, R. 1988. Herbal Medicine. Beaconsfield, England: Beaconsfield Publishers.