Toothache Plant. This annual herb has gained notoriety as an excellent immune stimulant at the beginning stages of both viral and bacterial infections. Effective for ear infections, cold sores, yeast infections and various dental problems. Also shows a strong anti-fungal effect and helps to rid the body of blood parasites, such as malaria and possibly Lyme Disease. This herb is not for daily use. Excellent when used interchangeably with Echinacea. The plant is very pretty, forming a spreading mat of shiny green leaves with reddish tinges and sending up masses of conical yellow gold and red flowers with no petals, which are harvested throughout the summer. Chewing on a fresh or dried flower can numb the mouth in short order. A worthwhile addition to any herb garden and very productive in a garden setting. Enjoys a fertile soil, full sun and plenty of moisture. Annual. Not hardy. Zones 10-12
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