Toothache Plant




Usually available: September to March

Life cycle: Annual
Height: 20 – 30cm
Position: Sun / part shade
Soil preference: Well drained

Toothache Plant (Acmella oleracea)

Growing Conditions and Tips

  • Thrives in warm, humid climates like those found in tropical and subtropical regions of Australia, such as Queensland and northern New South Wales
  • Prefers well-draining soil rich in organic matter
  • Grows well in full sun to partial shade
  • Complements other herbs and vegetables in the garden
  • Regularly pinch back flowers to encourage leaf growth

Product Description

Toothache Plant, also known as Acmella oleracea or Spilanthes, is a unique and versatile herb native to South America. Its small, yellow-red flowers and oval-shaped leaves pack a powerful punch of flavor and medicinal properties.

History of Usage

Indigenous peoples of the Amazon have used Toothache Plant for centuries to treat various ailments, particularly those related to oral health. The herb’s popularity spread to other parts of the world, where it has been used in traditional medicine and culinary applications.

Medicinal Uses

  • Relieves toothache and gum pain due to its numbing properties
  • Possesses anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, making it useful for treating sore throats, mouth ulcers, and other oral issues
  • May help boost the immune system and fight off infections

Culinary Uses

  • Leaves and flowers can be added to salads, sauces, and chutneys for a unique, pungent flavor
  • Used as a spice in some regions, imparting a tingling, numbing sensation to dishes
  • Can be steeped to make a flavorful, medicinal tea

Garden Uses

  • Attractive addition to herb gardens or as a border plant
  • Helps repel pests due to its strong scent
  • Attracts beneficial insects like bees and butterflies to the garden

Interesting Facts

  • The numbing sensation caused by Toothache Plant is due to the presence of spilanthol, a natural compound found in the leaves and flowers
  • Has been used in some countries as a natural remedy for stammering and speech impediments
  • Shows promise as a natural alternative to conventional dental anesthetics


Toothache Plant is a must-have herb for those interested in natural remedies and unique flavors. Its medicinal properties, particularly for oral health, make it a valuable addition to any home garden or herbal collection. Whether used in cooking, as a tea, or simply enjoyed for its attractive appearance, Toothache Plant offers a multitude of benefits and is well-suited to growing in many parts of Australia.


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