Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mouth numbing goodness!

We have this beautiful plant growing on the property. It is called spilanthes, what a badass name!

Spilanthes is a member of the Asteraceae family, the same as echinacea. It is also known as the toothache plant. the red and yellow cone shaped flowers are what you eat, it is nuts. Once eaten they stimulate the flow of saliva which cleanses the mouth, tones the gums, and enhances immune function. Spilanthes also improves digestion, eases flatulence(woohoo), improves the appetite, and helps to overcome nausea and vomiting by its stimulating effect on the salivary glands.it is so weird because it makes your mouth go numb.

Chels is still scared to try it, hopefully she will soon! I will try to post some more flora and fauna soon.


  1. EAT IT!! doooo it.

    Face & Mofo lead me here when they were in town last weekend. Now instead of sitting at work staring out the window miserable... I stare at your pictures and think about how awesome you guys are (I'm so creepy).

    ok sweet bye.

  2. Hi Joe - love the photo. How big is that flower - it is hard to tell from the photo. It looks inviting!