Spilanthes (Acmella oleracea; formerly Spilanthes oleracea) is a tropical, short-lived perennial native to Brazil. In temperate regions, it’s grown as an annual and is cultivated throughout much of the world for its medicinal and culinary uses, especially in India, China, and Central and South America.
Although it’s native to the tropics, spilanthes can grow as a frost-tender annual in zones 2-8 and as a perennial in zones 9 and higher. It prefers full sun to partial shade in average-to-moist fertile soil.
Like most medicinal plants, many of spilanthes’ traditional uses are still how it is used today. It’s used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic medicine, which is the ancient traditional medicine system of India.
– Sialagogue (induces saliva secretion) – Anodyne (orally) – Circulatory Stimulant – Immunostimulant – Diuretic – Diaphoretic – Antioxidant – Anti-inflammatory