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Latin American cooking and indigenous medicine have utilized the epazote herb for centuries. The plant is native to Mexico but grows in many areas of Latin America. Common in traditional Mexican cooking, indigenous tribes have reaped the health benefits of epazote for many generations. Dysphania ambrosioides is also called wormseed, skunkweed, and Mexican tea. In Mexico and Guatemala, some people call the herb "stinky weed," and in Peru, it's called paico.

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1. Why have I never heard of epazote?

Even though epazote has a long history of use in Latin America, it's only recently getting the attention of researchers interested in its medicinal benefits. Currently, there's more demand for and openness to natural health remedies using traditional plants and plant-based supplements. Therefore, epazote is gaining popularity among natural medicine researchers, providers, and consumers.

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