Toothache Plant

We’re harvesting the lovely Spilanthes 'buzz buttons' and leaves to make an infused oil and tincture. Anyone who has tasted this plants flowering heads will know why they get the name buzz buttons. They create a tingly sensation in the mouth and then numb the gums! This is also why Spilanthes acmella is called the toothache plant in many countries. It's leaves and flowering heads can be found in funky cocktail bars and restaurants in drinks and salads to give them a bit of a kick.

It has many uses medicinally too. I use Spilanthes in my top secret antifungal oil which I make every year in summer from fresh plants in our garden. I prescribe the oil for fungal skin and nail infections and use it as an ingredient in my athletes foot balm. Spilanthes is amazingly antimicrobial and antifungal. The main use I have for tincture of Spilanthes is as part of a mouth wash mix for ulcers, infections and inflammation of the teeth and gums. The plants lovely anaesthetic and antibiotic actions work well to clear infection while gently numbing pain. If you grow this wee beauty you can simply chew on the fresh leaves regularly for dental hygiene.

About Ivywood

Herbalists Ross Hennessy and Marina Kesso have moved their businesses and family to a new piece of land in Co Clare. They are busy creating new spaces on the land to reestablish their clinical practice and medicinal herb nursery. Formerly Bareroot Botanicals and Iona Herbal they have now renamed the woodland and business Ivywood.



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