Try This at Home: How to Numb Gums with Coneflower

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Conflower uses include brewing the herb in a tea or chewing the seeds to numb the mouth temporarily.

Long before modern medicine came to North America, Native Americans used echinacea medicinally.

You’ve likely heard of the flower’s ability to boost the immune system. (To incorporate the plant into your routine, add a dropperful of echinacea tincture to your tea.) But did you know echinacea acts like ancient Novocain? Chewing the echinacea seeds can temporarily numb the gums and mouth.

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