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This little-known plant deserves a much wider recognition as an ornamental and medicinal herb. (Spilanthes acmella)
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A spreading, highly ornamental plant with gold and red cone-shaped flowers borne above glossy green leaves. Easy-to-grow annual that can be brought indoors and grown as a perennial. This plant needs to be more widely grown and investigated for medicinal properties. Medicinal: Used by the Australian aborigines, the leaves have a numbing effect when chewed. It has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties, especially when used at an early phase of infection. As a sialagogue it stimulates the flow of saliva, tonifies the gums, enhances immune function in the mouth and acts as an oral antiseptic reducing swelling, decay, and mouth sores caused by viruses. Has immune-enhancing components chcmically similar to Echinancea species. Spilanthes is prophylactic and possibly curative for blood parasites such as malaria, and possibly useful for treating infections due to spirochetes. Its anti-fungal properites are reported useful for treating athlete's foot and ringworm.
Garden Medicinals offers over 220 varieties of medicinal and culinary herb seeds, roots, and select heirloom vegetable and ethnic flower seed. All seeds are non-gmo, open-pollinated and untreated. Most seeds are naturally grown and a few are certified organic. Our vegetable seeds do especially well in hot, humid climates where vegetable production can be difficult. Our herb selection also includes dormant root stock of ginger, ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, false unicorn, and wild yam.
Note: Medicinal uses of herbs mentioned in our store are not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please see a qualified medical practitioner for diagnosis if you have a health problem.