Plant Profile: Spilanthes with Maggie
Join Maggie on YouTube for her video plant profile on Spilanthes! With a long history of use, this plant is valuable for oral health among other uses.
Date: Sunday, July 3, 2022
Cost: FREE! Though we will happily accept a donation.
Grab a cup of tea and let this plant calm your busy mind. If you cannot join us during the scheduled YouTube Premiere, it will remain available on our Plant Profile YouTube Playlist.
Suggested price: $5.00
You may have heard that its name means stained flower because of its dark, red-colored pollen on golden petals. Spilanthes is known as the Eyeball Plant and Toothache Plant among many common names, and known for its use as a numbing agent and its anti-septic properties, providing some relief to toothaches. Join us for a deeper look at Spilanthes. This episode of our Plant Profile series will be presented by Maggie O’Halloran from her backyard herbal garden in Orlando.
In this video, Maggie will show you spilanthes in its growing habitat, examine its physical attributes, review some of its wonderful medicinal properties, and share a simple herbal preparation.
Maggie O’Halloran is an herbalist and educator in Central Florida. She comes from a large family where chaos was the norm. She always found peace outside watching things grow or climbing magnolia trees. One of her older brothers was considered hyperactive and had a hard time staying in school. Because of the impact food had on his behavior they had no sugar in the house, including ketchup! She learned in her mother’s kitchen that the things you put in your mouth impact your mind and your body.
In the early 90’s she first found her own inspiration to view health from a holistic perspective while working as a teacher assistant at a mental health hospital for children. From that experience, she decided that there had to be a better way to help kids beyond medicating them to a zombie state with pharmaceuticals. She started college studying education and psychology and ultimately received a bachelor’s degree in Human Development.
In 1999 she took her love of plants to Oakland, California where she worked with inner-city elementary students and teachers, learning and teaching about violence prevention and anger management through physical education and body awareness. She explored working with food, exercise, breathing, and communication skills. She continued to study plants and their medicine by sharing with friends.
In 2006 she moved to Florida to find a slower pace in life. Though her love of teaching hasn’t waned, she took the opportunity to focus on deepening her plant knowledge in a more intentional way with herb walks with Emily Ruff. Since then she has found inspiration from teachers like Phyllis Light, Rosemary Gladstar, David Winston to name a few and mostly Emily Ruff. She continues her passion for helping people find peace by sharing her knowledge with whoever will listen. She enjoys working with friends, family, and strangers seeking a more holistic way to be healthy.
These days she can be found hiking on trails, tending her garden, creating something good for you in her kitchen, teaching in her community about plant medicine, and learning from her nine-year-old herbalist and his friends.