Spilanthes, Spilanthes acmella
Spilanthes, meaning stained flower, gets its name for its dark pollen that stains its bright petals. This plant is used not only for its medicinal properties as the “toothache plant,” but also for culinary purposes. When touched or eaten raw, a tingling sensation and numbness is temporarily felt. In some tribal communities of Brazil, the flowers and leaves are cooked and used for flavoring and nourishment. The pungency and numbing session tasted and felt when raw are minimized when cooked.
This short “bush” herb has many properties including anti-inflammatory, antifungal, diuretic and immunomodulatory. In Ayurveda, this herb serves many purposes. Spilanthes supports the decrease of the Kapha Dosha, increases sexual power, promotes appetite and promotes the perspiration secretion. The promotion of the appetite is due to the herb working as an antacid and acid blocker to neutralize excess stomach acid, relieving heartburn, upset and sour stomachs.
As a flower essence, spilanthes has an affinity with the throat chakra and is used for clarity of thought and speech. The herb itself supporting the improvement of fluency of speech is directly correlated with its essence to promote the opening of the throat chakra. By acting as an anti-anxiety agent to reduce the impact of stammering, a suppressant to suppress the cough reflex and expectorant that clears passage of airways, it contributes to the overall goal of The Ginger Tea Company to seek balance and promote good health.