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Scientific Name: Spilanthes acmella
Alternative Names: Electric Daisies, Buzz Buttons, Jambu, Spilanthes and ParĂ¡ cress

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Spilanthes acmella


  • Perennial
  • Toothache plant is native to South America and believed to be of ancient Peruvian origin.
  • Today it is well known as a food plant in Southeast Asia and China.
  • It is a tropical perennial that can be grown as an annual in temperate regions.
  • Toothache plant is sprawling and much-branched, with olive-green to purple-flushed, ovate leaves and bears minute flowers that are borne on cone-shaped, yellowish-maroon heads.
  • It can grow up to 40cm. tall, needs well-drained soil and full sun.

Culinary Uses

  • The fresh, young leaves can be cooked like spinach and are used as salad greens - small amounts of chopped fresh leaves will add a unique flavor to salads.
  • It can also be added to soups and stews and both fresh and cooked leaves are combined with chili and garlic to add flavor to dishes such as stews.
  • The leaves can be cooked in coconut milk.

Parts Used

  • The leaves and flower buds.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • The fresh leaves are rich in minerals and a useful source of folic acid and vitamin C.
  • The flower heads contain spilanthol and has antibacterial and antifungal properties making it a good purifying herb to use for disinfecting wounds, treating painful canker sores and treating ringworm infections.
  • They can be chewed to make the inside of your mouth numb if you don't swallow it for a while.
  • This will reduces the pain associated with throat and gum infections and will induce saliva secretion which will have a cooling sensation in the throat. The flowers are crushed and applied at the site of toothache.

Other Uses

  • In India, they are used as flavoring in chewing tobacco.
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