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Bullseye Toothache (Spilanthes Acmella Oleracea)

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  • Spilanthes is a genus of flowering plants that belongs to the family Asteraceae. Also known as the toothache plant or the buzz button plant, Spilanthes is a popular medicinal herb that is native to South America and Africa but is now cultivated in many parts of the world.


    The plant is characterized by its small yellow or white flowers, which grow in clusters at the ends of the stems. The leaves are often toothed and have a slightly serrated edge. The plant is known for its distinctive taste and tingling sensation, which is caused by the presence of a natural compound called spilanthol.


    Spilanthes has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its various health benefits. The plant is rich in bioactive compounds, including spilanthol, which has been shown to have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties. It has also been used as a natural remedy for dental pain, toothaches, and gum infections.


    In addition to its medicinal uses, Spilanthes is also used as a culinary herb in some cultures. The flowers and leaves have a tangy, slightly bitter flavor and a numbing, tingling sensation in the mouth, which makes them a popular addition to salads, soups, and other dishes.


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    50 seeds per pack

    • Choose a planting location: Spilanthes can be grown in full sun to partial shade and prefers well-draining soil. It can tolerate a range of soil types but prefers soil that is slightly acidic.

    • Sow the seeds: Spilanthes seeds can be sown indoors in late winter or directly in the ground after the danger of frost has passed. Sow the seeds about 1/4 inch deep and cover with a thin layer of soil. Keep the soil evenly moist until the seeds germinate, which typically takes 7-10 days.

    • Thin the seedlings: Once the seedlings are about 2 inches tall, thin them to a spacing of about 8-12 inches apart to allow room for growth.

    • Water regularly: Spilanthes prefers consistently moist soil, so water regularly to keep the soil evenly moist. However, be careful not to overwater, as the plant can be prone to root rot.

    • Fertilize sparingly: Spilanthes doesn't require heavy fertilization, but you can apply a balanced fertilizer once or twice during the growing season to promote healthy growth.

    • Harvest the leaves and flowers: You can begin harvesting the leaves and flowers once the plant is established, usually after about 8-10 weeks. Simply pick the leaves and flowers as needed, and be sure to leave enough on the plant to support continued growth.


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