Toothache Plant is a medicinal plant originating from South America, its natural range stretching from Amazonia to Southern Brazil.
A perennial herb,
When chewed, the flowers and leaves increase salivation and have a numbing effect on the mucus membranes of the mouth. They have long been used among the indigenous people of Amazonia to stimulate appetite and to treat various mouth and throat ailments, most notably toothache.
New plants are usually started from
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