#38- SPILANTHES, Acmella oleracea 

Spilanthes is an annual plant in WNC.  It belongs to the Asteraceae family. It is very easy to grow.  It is known, as Jambu throughout Asia and South America. The flowering tips have mild numbing and pain-relieving properties, earning the plant the common name of “toothache plant”.  Spilanthes has been used to help relieve side effects from cancer treatments such as dry mouth, loss or changes in taste sensation, gum irritation, and helps to stimulate appetite.

Spilanthes has anti-microbial, anti-malarial , anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also a mild diuretic. If you are using a pharmaceutical diuretic for blood pressure or for swelling please check with your doctor before including Spilanthes in your protocol. As always, I recommend speaking with your health professional about including any new herbs. 

I do feel that Spilanthes has great potential in supporting those with Lyme and Babesia.

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Here’s my youngest son with a handful of Tulsi and a basket full of Spilanthes:

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