Spilanthes is usually addressed as a spice that waves from the family Asteraceae. It has all of its fingers in pie as it is hailed for culinary, medicinal, and ornamental purposes. It acts as a perennial while residing in warmer climates because spilanthes has proven to be sensitive towards frost. Being frost-sensitive, spilanthes is a rare sight in the colder zones.
Spilanthes is a rather small plant, having upright stems and alternate leaves along with a dash of small golden solitary flowers like a crown on terminal peduncles. Spilanthes has bagged a rich history in the Ayurvedic medicinal system where it was given priority when someone comes up with a toothache. This plant is also brimmed with other potent pharmacological activities like an aphrodisiac, anticonvulsant, local anesthetic, antipyretic, analgesic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal, insecticidal, diuretic, and relaxant properties.
Spilanthes is packed with an alkaloid called spilanthol that is responsible for its white magic. The plant is used usually in Thai dishes but is seen frequently in topical kitchens where its young leaves are cooked alone or with meat, just like spinach.
Due to its beautiful golden blooms, it is appraised as an ornamental plant or in the backyard to attract bees for pollination.