This medicinal plant related to Lantana is widely cultivated in Mexico as an ornamental for its aromatic foliage and beautiful flowers. The essential oil composition is unique to each plant. The leaves are used for flavoring foods, such as mole sauces from Oaxaca, Mexico. The plant is used medicinally for its somatic, sedative, antidepressant, and analgesic properties. Leaves and roots are used to make tea or syrup for cough relief and are said to relieve symptoms from anxiety to flatulence and hypertension.