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Cosmos

( Cosmos cavanilles )

 

Family

Compositae ( Sunflower )

 

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Description

Western cultures may be familiar with cosmos as an ornamental flower belonging to the sunflower family. It grows throughout the world, including the rain forests of the Amazon. Marigolds, zinnias, daisies, asters, and chrysanthemums also belong to this genus of plants.

 

Phytochemistry

Flavonoids, phenolic compounds, fatty acids ( seeds ), alkaloids, ethereal oils, triterpenes, sesquiterpenoids, diterpenoids, saponins, sterols caretenoids, cetylenes, polyenes, thiophens, and amides

 

Traditional rain forest use

The Tikunas used crushed cosmos leaves as analgesic poultices for contusions and serious bruises. Other plant species belonging to this family have been used by the Korans who burned the leaves and used the ashes for skin blemishes and sores.

 

Modern medicinal applications

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