Electric Daisies — They Create A Buzzing Sensation On The Tongue

The Acmella Oleracea plant is known by many names — the “electric daisy”, the “toothache plant”, buzz button, spilanthes, and paracress.

If you nibble on one of the buds of this plant, it creates a unique buzzing sensation on your lips and tongue.

The sensation is somewhat similar to the numbing effect caused by biting into a Szechuan peppercorn. However, the buzz from the electric daisy is not as peppery — it is more effervescent and numbing.

Acmella oleracea — a close-up of the edible bud

What Causes The Buzzing Sensation?

The effect is caused by spilanthol — a naturally occurring alkaloid in the plant.

Acmella Oleracea buds

Where To Buy Electric Daises

Unfortunately you can no longer buy fresh electric daises on Amazon.

However, the seeds of electric daises are available. I encourage you to grow your own daises — because even the “fresh” buds tend to be wilted when they arrive in the mail. If you do decide to grow them, you can add the plant’s leaves to salads for the unique flavor and sensation.

2 thoughts on “Electric Daisies — They Create A Buzzing Sensation On The Tongue”

  1. Hello, thanks for the great article. Today, the plant is actively used in some countries as a means of alternative medicine, as well as for first aid. However, the plant can be toxic, so it must be used strictly for its intended purpose. According to Ayurveda and Indian medicine, the plant is used in the treatment of rheumatism and inflammation, stuttering, tongue paralysis, stomatitis, toothache and fever, sore throat, and gum disease. Good luck!

  2. Very interesting. Many people prefer to grow daisies in seedlings. They do this in order to make them blossom already this year. Seeds are sown in February or March in individual containers so as not to injure the seedlings during a dive. As a substrate, nutritious structured soil, which is sold in flower shops, is suitable. Sow seeds according to the same rules as in open ground, and create the same conditions for crops – a temperature of about 20 ÂșC and bright light. Good luck!

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