How to Grow Spilanthes Acmella – The Toothache Plant

Toothache Plant
Spilanthes acmella
Time to sow: Spring to early summer
Light conditions: Full sun to partial shade
Uses: Culinary, medicinal, tea
Parts used: Leaves, flowers and roots

The toothache plant is a great herb to add to the garden. It is commonly used to treat toothaches, mouth, throat and gum infections, as the leaves have a mild anesthetizing effect. The leaves can be chewed and tucked around sore gums and teeth to provide relief from pain. The toothache plant has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasite, and immune-boosting properties. It is used to fight blood parasites and malaria. The fresh leaves are also edible and are eaten like cress, and taste great in salads!

Some Health Benefits and Uses

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-parasite
  • Immune-boosting
  • Strong Diuretic

How To Grow:
Annual. Full sun to partial shade. Rich, moist, but well-drained soil with a pH of 6.1 to 6.5. Surface sow the seed (needs light to germinate). Germination takes 1-2 weeks at a temperature of 20-24°C (68-75°F).
For best germination results grow indoors in sterilized soil; black earth/peat moss mixture. Keep soil moist but not soggy. Transplant outside after risk of frost.

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