Other names: American Wormseed, Feather Geranium, Goosefoot, Jerusalem Oak, Jesuit Tea, Stinking Weed
Aerial parts, flowering tops.
Wormseed is principally known for its ability to expel worms, especially roundworms and hookworms. However, it also used in the Americas as a digestive remedy, being generally taken to settle colic and stomach pains. Wormseed leaves have antispasmodic properties. A decoction of the leaves or of the whole plant brings relief to a variety of gastrointestinal problems. Its muscle -relaxing action has led to its use in the treatment of spasmodic coughs and asthma. Wormseed also has external uses. Juice expressed from the whole herb is applied as a wash for hemorrhoids. In addition, the whole wormseed is thought to have wound-healing properties