Costus is an herb. The root and oil from the root are used to make medicine.

People use costus for many conditions, but there is no scientific evidence to support these uses. Using costus can also be unsafe unless lab tests prove that it is free of a toxic contaminant called aristolochic acid.

In foods and beverages, costus oil is used as a flavoring component.

In manufacturing, costus oil is used as a fixative and fragrance in cosmetics.

How does it work ?

Costus root contains chemicals that seem to kill worms (nematodes) and slow down the intestines.

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