Which one? Spilanthes acmella or spilanthes oleracea?

tumblingtomatoesOctober 17, 2008

****** I just posted this same message in the herb forum cause I didnot know which would have better info for me, here or there? ******

Newbee here w/ another post about toothache plant...

Can anyone tell me which one is the one you can chew leaves & or flowers or both for a numbing of gums? Does it only numb tongue or gums too?

It is for a family member who has nerve damage & suffers from pain in the gums. like toothaches.....but there is nothing but pain killers for the treatement for this.

I thought & was suggested by someone else to use something natural instead or as well as medications.

So.....bare with me while I ask some pretty basic questions......

Another basic question????? I have seen it in three catalogs(online),1. Baker Creek (rareseed.com) has it listed as Spilanthes acmella,

while 2. Nichols garden nursery has it listed as Spilanthes acmella / paracress

& the 3rd place I've seen it is in Seeds of Change catalog, listed as two different plants: 1. Spilanthes acmella/salad cress (says it has purple leaves & the flowers are medicinal) & has listed also 2. Spilantes Oleraccea/para cress...... saying it's leaves are chewed & flowers are ornamental & medicinal. It calls them both "Toothache Plant" though.

Hmmmm......which one do I choose if I am looking for something herbal to chew for a numbing of the mouth/gums?????? Are the flowers edible as well as the leaves or leaves only or flowers only , these descriptions are vague to me?????

Thanks! :)

Are any of these companies good co. to order seeds from or does anyone have any recommendations/suggestions where to order from? Thanks again everyone!

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Spilanthes acmella is definitely numbing to the mouth and gums. I am not sure about the oleraccea, as I have just grown and used acmella. It's the leaves which are used for the numbing effect. You can chew fresh or dried leaves, or make a tincture and use a drop or two applied to the gums. It also causes one to salivate profusely. You might also try a drop or two of St. John's wort tincture (Hypericum perforatum)directly rubbed on the sore gums, as it has a healing effect on nerves. Just check to make sure your friend isn't taking any meds that might interact with either herb first. Best of luck to you.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2008 at 5:01PM
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Acmella and oleracea are just different names for the same plant.. Someone decides to change a species name (for whatever reason) and throws more confusion into plant identification----Turkey Tail Mushrooms have always been Coriolus versicolor, but now they're sometimes called Trametes versicolor. Go figure.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 10:29PM
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