According to an herb guide (source can be found by clicking here), "a decoction or infusion of the leaves is recommended for stammering, toothache, stomatitis, and throat complaints," and that eating a whole flower bud results in an extremely strong tingling sensation accompanied by excessive saliva production."
When you are a child, you receive money for losing a tooth via the tooth fairy, but when you are an adult, you pay money — a lot of money. Money that is not easy to come by, especially in this economic downturn, but, fortunately for me, is exactly why an empathetic neighbor is loaning yours truly the money in order for me to have my tooth — which is fractured — extracted this afternoon. I am not only dismayed at the prospect of this dental procedure; I am petrified. Even though as a child I did receive a few coins under my pillow for losing a tooth, in attempt to make it a positive experience, the losing of the tooth was always fraught with fear.
This is because when I was in elementary school, and my tooth became loose, close family friends threatened to tie one end of a string to my loose tooth, and then tie the other end to a door knob, then slam the door in hopes that the tooth would come out. If that did not work; the option was pliers. To this day, despite my having undergone numerous, and often painful, medical procedures due to my having Neurofibromatosis Type-One, dental pain and dental work send me into a panic.
I certainly have had worse things happen to me, my family, my friends, and I am well aware of the "worse things" — far worse things that are happening throughout the world; still, I find myself in the need of some consolation and comfort in dealing with my physical and emotional pain in dealing with this eminent procedure.
So I ask, where is my little ol' plant-friend — the one who looks like a pimento olive — when I need him? The friend I am referring to, of course, is the Spilanthes oleracea plant pictured above in the photograph at the top of this blog entry and the plant that I have been discussing. However, despite its proven ability to relieve tooth-ache pain, I confess that I do not find eating the leaves of plants appealing whatsoever.
This is mostly because I enjoy taking in their beauty, and could not think of eating them — a fact that I have expressed regarding the eating of other plants — in a number of blog entries, most recently ones on Anethum graveolens (Dill), and Tropaelum majus (Nasturtium), (posts that you may refer to by clicking here and here respectively.)
However, perhaps, had I not just taken in the quirky nature of my Spilanthes oleracea plant, and eaten it in a salad instead, I might not be suffering so much today.