Spilanthes: The Herb for Natural Oral Health & More



Whether you wish to grow spilanthes, learn of its traditional uses and medicinal benefits, or all the above, this is the right place to be.

I’ll cover everything you need to know about this phenomenal herb, including what it is, how to grow it, its traditional and medicinal uses, and how to make medicine from it. Let’s get started.

What Is Spilanthes?

Spilanthes (Acmella oleracea; formerly Spilanthes oleracea) is a tropical, short-lived perennial native to Brazil. In temperate regions, it’s grown as an annual and is cultivated throughout much of the world for its medicinal and culinary uses, especially in India, China, and Central and South America.

How to Grow Spilanthes

Although it’s native to  the tropics, spilanthes can  grow as a frost-tender annual in zones 2-8 and as a perennial in zones 9 and higher. It prefers full sun to partial shade in average-to-moist fertile soil.

Traditional Uses

Like most medicinal plants, many of spilanthes’ traditional uses are still how it is used today. It’s used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic medicine, which is the ancient traditional medicine system of India.

Medicinal Uses

– Sialagogue (induces saliva secretion) – Anodyne (orally) – Circulatory Stimulant – Immunostimulant – Diuretic – Diaphoretic – Antioxidant – Anti-inflammatory

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