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A member of the mint family, perilla is used in a variety of Asian foods to add both flavor and color. It is also grown ornamentally in gardens.
The stem of the plant is used in Chinese medicine for treatment of morning sickness. The leaves are said to be helpful for asthma, colds and flus, and other lung problems.
A typical dosage of perilla should supply 50–200 mg of rosmarinic acid daily. Perilla also contains luteolin, a substance that may also have anti-allergic actions. 1 For this reason perilla products are often enriched with luteolin as well, typically providing 5–10 mg daily.
- Baolin L, Weiwei W, Ning T. Topical application of luteolin inhibits scratching behavior associated with allergic cutaneous reaction in mice. Planta Med. 71(5):424-8.