It is an annual plant in the form of a shrub. It has a strong odor. It can be found on moist banks of rivers of the Andes.
A decoction of the plant has antineuralgic properties, used with migraines and headaches. A decoction of the whole plant has a calming effect on the nervous system. This plant has long been used for its an anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic and anti-contraction properties.