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Buzz Buttons: The Electric Daisies That Cause A Buzzing Sensation When Tasted

The Acmella Oleracea plant is known by many names — the toothache plant, the electric daisy, the eyeball plant and paracress.

If you nibble on one of buds of this plant, it creates a unique buzzing sensation in your mouth. Thus the buds are called “buzz buttons” or “szechuan buttons”.

Acmella oleracea — a close-up of the edible bud

The sensation is somewhat similar to the numbing and buzzing 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.

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

Toothache Plant Buds

You can find fresh buzz buttons on Amazon. You can also find the seeds of the plant, if you wish to grow your own. This might be best, because even the fresh buds tend to be a bit wilty when they arrive.

If you do grow your own electric daises, you can add small the leaves to salads for the unique flavor and sensation.

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  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 ºC and bright light. Good luck!

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