The medicinal power of ABC herb or champagne leaf

The flower buds of ABC herb are very special. You can eat them purely as an appetizer. It gives a numbing feeling in your mouth for a few minutes and then a large saliva production starts. The taste evolves from salty to spicy, peppery and gives tingling, which is why it is now also called champagne leaf. In addition, it is good for the body; it is a natural remedy for a number of diseases. NB! This article is written from the personal view of the author and may contain information that is not scientifically substantiated and/or in line with the general view.

ABC herb / Source: H. Zell, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)


  • Naming ABC herb
  • History ABC herb
  • Active ingredients ABC herb
  • ABC herb for oral diseases and skin fungi
  • ABC herb against virus, bacteria, parasite and fungus
  • Other medicinal effects
  • Consult a herbal therapist


Naming ABC herb

In Latin the plant is called Spilanthes Oleracea . Spilanthes is a derivative of ‘Spilos’ meaning ‘spot’ and ‘anthos’ meaning ‘flower’. Oleracea means ‘from the vegetable garden’, which refers to the fact that the plant is edible. The flower has a refined delicacy taste that releases a lot of saliva. The plant is used in folk medicine to heal toothache and is therefore called toothache plant in English. In Dutch it does not have this nickname but it has the alternative names: Huzarenknoop, Paratuincress, Brazilian cherry, Paracress, Champagne leaf and Spilanthes.

History ABC herb

The ABC herb is a popular ornamental plant in Africa and South America. It is related to the Spilanthes Acmella which has the same properties as ABC herb. This is one of the few species that grow in both Africa and South America, which leads scientists to suspect that the plant already existed when Africa and South America were connected millions of years ago. The healing power against toothache, the malaria-preventing effect and the disinfectant effect on the urinary tract were discovered in both South America and Africa, without any contact between the peoples on both continents. Alfred Vogel was one of the first Westerners to discover the plant during a trip to East Africa and recommended using it for skin diseases and fungal infections.

Active ingredients ABC herb

The flower contains most of the active substances. The entire plant, including the root, can be used as medicine. The simplest way to use the plant is to chew the flower bud or a leaf. The plant contains the alkaloid osobutylmide spilanthol. Furthermore, it contains alkylamydes that are similar to the alkylamydes of echinacea or purple coneflower. The plant also contains essential oil, resin and tannin.

ABC herb for oral diseases and skin fungi

Spilanthol is active against bacteria, viruses and fungi. This substance makes the ABC herb a strong anti-infectious and antiseptic agent. It promotes blood circulation in the oral mucosa and gums. It is also a local anesthetic and analgesic . It also increases saliva secretion. Because of these medicinal properties, the plant can be prescribed for:

The delicious flower of ABC herb / Source: H. Zell, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)


  • Oral mucosal inflammation, mouth ulcers, oral blisters,
  • Gingivitis, abscesses, post-treatment tooth extraction,
  • Bad breath, cavities.


  • A sore throat,
  • Tonsillitis.

Apply locally:

  • Athlete’s foot,
  • Skin fungus.

Drops of tincture on cotton ball:

  • Dental caries or cavities.


ABC herb against virus, bacteria, parasite and fungus

The antiseptic effect of champagne leaf also means that it stimulates the immune system. This makes the body better armed against bacterial, viral, parasitic and fungal (fungal) diseases. The alkylamides ensure greater resilience of the white blood cells, which are the main fighters against diseases. ABC herb works against the bacteria E. coli, klebsiella pneumoniae, proteus vulgaris, pseudomonas oeruginosa, salmonella gallinarium and staphyloccus albus. It also works against, among other things, the candida fungus, the malaria parasite and spirochetes, which are parasites that cause Lyme disease. Due to these powerful medicinal effects, ABC herb is used for the following indications:

ABC herb / Source: Mikrolit’, Wikimedia Commons (FAL)

  • Lyme disease,
  • Malaria, dengue,
  • Urinary tract infections,
  • Prevention and control of throat, nose and ear infections.
  • Fungal infections such as candida,
  • Lowered immunity.


Other medicinal effects

  • Because it is an appetite stimulant, it is recommended for anorexia.
  • Since it stimulates the secretion of digestive juices from the stomach, pancreas and intestines, it can be used for dyspepsia, indigestion, nausea, flatulence and meteorism.
  • Because it combats worms (parasites that live in the intestines), it is used for intestinal parasites or worms.
  • Because of its diuretic effect, it is an excellent remedy for edema, high uric acid levels, uric acid grit, gout and as an adjuvant for osteoarthritis and arthritis.


Consult a herbal therapist

Anyone who wants to use ABC herb as a medicinal product is recommended to consult a herbal therapist. ABC herb extracts and medicines in the form of mother tinctures, powders, nebulisate, liquid extract, ointment, cream and capsules should only be used on the prescription of authorized persons. A herbal therapist can tell you more about this, as well as about any side effects and interactions with other medicines or herbs. There are also beneficial combinations with herbs. All medicinal effects of this medicinal herb mentioned in this article are based on scientific research and come from Geert Verhelst’s Large Handbook of Medicinal Plants, a standard work in the field of healing plants. The book is used in phytotherapy.

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