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Ageratum medicinal

  1. Most people know Ageratum as the annual ornamental plant, which brightens up window boxes and gardens in towns and villages with its blue flowers. You do not immediately expect a medicinal effect from this good flower.

Names of Ageratum

  1. More specifically, the Ageratum conyzoides, known in Brazil as Mentraste, is widely used. Other names are Ageratum conyzoides L. (= A. conyzoides var. Inaequipale-aceum Hieron., A. hirtum Lam., A. latifolium Cav., Eupatorium conyzoides (L.) E.H.L.Krause).


  1. It is an annual herb of the Asteraceae family, with a height of 0.3 to 0.8 m and terminal white, pink or purple flower heads. Originally from Brazil, the plant is now a pantropical cosmopolitan. In fact, it is said to be the most common weed in the world, growing mainly in gardens and among other annual crops. Although easy to remove, the sheer numbers of dusty seeds keep it coming back and spreading well. It makes no special demands on the soil, but prefers to grow in full sun and is somewhat sensitive to wind, tolerates frost, cold and heat. Dozens of cultivars have now been developed that are grown as ornamental plants.

Ageratum, medicinal.

  1. The plant is not specially cultivated for phytotherapeutic purposes. From time to time, however, targeted research is carried out into the possibilities of this plant, especially to use it in regional health programs.

Ingredients and use

  1. The fresh plant contains 0.02% volatile oils, the dried 0.16% and the leaves 0.06%. The fresh plant also contains hydrocyanic acid, which, however, disappears during the drying process or the preparation of the infusum. Furthermore, tannins and saponins are present. The fresh plant is poisonous in high doses, the possibility that also in the dried

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