|Cotula Quick Facts
|Flattened, 1-1.5 mm long
Cotula is soft annual herb that reaches 40-50 cm high. The plant bears alternate, finely divided leaves about 5-6 cm long, 1.5-2 cm wide and obovate to oblanceolate. Stems are much branched usually 20 cm long and 1-2 mm wide. The flowers are pale yellow to cream and about 4-5 mm diameter. The plant blooms from winter to spring season. Flowers are then followed by flattened fruits usually about 1-1.5 mm long.
[Not a valid template]Culinary uses
- In Peru, the herb is used for flavoring dishes.
- Flowers are used to prepare herbal tea.
- It is used to treat various health ailments such as diarrhea, cough, colic, rheumatism, digestive disorders, urinary and pulmonary infections, headaches and fevers.
- Use the cold infusion for gastric debility with flatus.
- Hot infusion is used as diaphoretic and emetic to provide relief from colds due to sudden cutaneous chilling.
- It decreases pain in dysmenorrhea.
- The oil is used as carminative and for colic and intestinal cramps.