(Acmella oleracea ‘Bicolor’)
A small perennial plant with red and yellow flowers and burgundy leaves that offers quick short term relief for toothache and similar problems. Also used as a micro herb in salads to add a ‘buzz’.
Jambu is used in stews and salads in northern Brazil. Only small amounts need to be used in salads as the flavour is strong but when cooked it is a lot milder. Its prime use outside of Brazil is as a short term relief from toothache. Also being used in small amounts in cocktails.
For quick relief from toothache rub a leaf on the gum area near the troublesome tooth, the area will tingle and then go numb within a few seconds. This is only short term relief, it does NOT remove the need to be seen by a qualified medical practitioner. Use in small amounts in a green salad or with chilli and garlic in a spicy stew.
An easy to grow small shrub with delightful red and yellow button like flowers that prefers good, well drained soil in part to full sun, protected from frost.
Pick leaves as needed and give regular applications of Seasol and Powerfeed to keep the plant healthy and producing well.
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