A Go-To Herb for Cold and Flu Season
Winter for farmers is a time of rest. Plants die back, markets slow down, the body has time to recuperate. Along with this time of limited sunshine comes the dreaded cold and flu season. With two small children, we are often inundated with winter maladies. When I discovered Splilanthes, an herb touted as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral, I was intrigued. Often called the toothache plant, Spilanthes acmella var. oleracea has long been used as an analgesic (pain reliever), particularly for toothaches. We now use this wonderful herb intensively at our house around cold and flu season and find it immensely helpful in doing battle with all of the bugs and flus our little ones bring home. We wouldn’t go a winter without it. We take 20 drops of the tincture on an empty stomach 2-4 times a day or drink 2-3 cups of tea a day at the first sign of symptoms.
The Toothache Plant
Spilanthes contains a wide variety of biochemical compounds thought to be responsible for its traditional uses. As a tea or tincture, spilanthes creates a pleasant (though if you're not familiar with it, surprising) tingling sensation in the mouth. It FEELS like it's working. It is also being used more and more in beauty care cosmetics as an anti-wrinkle agent. Its high antioxidant content and muscle relaxant properties make effective for these applications when applied as a salve. For further reading on salve making: https://blog.mountainroseherbs.com/diy-herbal-salves