By: Dr. Michael Brandon
Simply put, this red and yellow plant may be an all-star for our mouths. It is most known for causing an extreme tingling sensation of the mouth when chewing it. If you ever had the PopRocks candy growing up as a kid, imagine that feeling but far more intense to the point where it numbs out pains like toothaches, cavities, and sore throats for up to 20 minutes.
A natural chemical in the flower called spilanthal is a rapidly acting numbing agent and it's quite good at its job. You can simply take the flower, and chew either the stems, leaves, or flower (in order from less to most potent) and very quickly start feeling the sensation. Fair warning however, you'll also very quickly realize that it is also a fantastic sialagogue, meaning that your mouth will continuously fill up with saliva at a surprising pace, which makes its great for helping with a dry mouth.
Traditionally this plant has been used from anything from mouth and stomach ulcers, tooth aches, sore throats, jaw pain, and headaches, to being used topically as a muscle relaxer or assisting both the healing and pain from rashes, cuts, and acne. There has been an influx of research done on this species of plant with quite promising results. It's been shown to be an antibiotic and anti fungal agent as well, including working against nasty microbes like staph aureas and strep conditions.
Due to it's antibacterial properties, it can also help as a mouth wash. It is far from a dental care replacement, but it can certainly assist for routine oral care. More good news is that it is easily obtainable in both flower and liquid tincture form. Personal experience suggests that the raw flower will give a larger/longer sensation, which may be a pro or con depending on the individual's preference.
Even though there is no known toxic limit through super-dosing studies, as always, it's still best to ask a medical professional about any concerns or cautions before trying something new for your health.
Mother nature has many little biohacking secrets like this out there, and the more of them we know, the better our lives may become. I wish all happy, healthy, and tingly mouths, and BioHack on!
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