Spilanthes [Acmella oleracea]

Known for its analgesic properties, the toothache plant, Spilanthes, is most celebrated for its electric tingling sensations as the flowers are eaten.

This buzz in itself stimulates saliva, appetite, and treats a variety of dental woes. The powers of this plant however does not end there, Spilanthes is used in several healing traditions including: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurveda, and Western Folk Herbalism.

Its other purported uses include oral pain relief, immunity, upper respiratory support, as well as its ability to strongly inhibit the yeast organism Candida albicans.


Groundcover bed of Spilanthes acmella in bloom.

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Isolectotype of Spilanthes disciformis B.L.Rob. var. phaneractis Greenm., C.G. Pringle 8637, NMC.