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Growing Toothache Plant from Seed to Harvest

Growing Toothache Plant from Seed to Harvest

Mary Smith |

Toothache plant is an often overlooked herb.  It is so unique and colorful.

What is Toothache Plant?

Spilanthes oleraces, Toothache Plant, is a medicinal herb that's been used for generations to manage the pain of toothaches. Both the leaves and the colorful flowers can be used.

Toothache plant is a native plant to Brazil and Africa. In warmer climates, Toothache plant is a tender perennial. In areas with frost, grow as an annual.


Growing Toothache Plant from seed

Toothache plant is quite easy to grow and is resistant to disease, insects and even rabbit.

For transplanting: sow seeds indoors 6 weeks before your last frost. Seed should be sown 1/4 inch deep in individual containers to keep from crowding. Keep soil moist but not waterlogged. A heat mat would be helpful if you are starting seeds indoors during winter or early spring.

Direct sow: Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep in well drained soil after your last frost date. Space seeds out approx 6-12 inches apart.

Toothache plant can grow in full sun.


Harvesting Toothache Plant

Both the leaves and the flowers can be harvested from the Toothache Plant. Once the plant reaches 1 foot in height, it should be ok to start harvesting.

Leaves and flowers can be used fresh or dried.  To dry, use a dehydrator or allow to naturally dry in a warm, dry spot with plenty of airflow.

Store fully dried plant matter in an airtight jar and label your container.


If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask!
Email: mary@marysheirloomseeds.com




How do you make the dried leaves for a toothache

Kimberly Krueger,

Also wondering best way to preserve and use this? Mine is just starting to bloom a little.


Has any one made a tincture or oil with this? I’d like a recipe for a topical for nerve and arthritis pain for my husband. Has this been used in combination with other oils?

Susie Greene,

How do you use it? Do you chew it? Drink it in a tea? Add it to food like a spice?


Hello Mary,

Not so much as a Comment, however, wondering after preparing (rinsing, drying, in glass jars) seeds for storage, how long will they keep? Any longer if frozen or put in fridge?

Thank you for your prompt deliveries—as well as the recent gifts of fun seeds:)

Best with appreciation

Kim U.,

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