Paracress (Spilanthes acmella Murr. and Spilanthes oleracea L.) is a member of the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Paracress is native to South America, or more accurately, Brazil. The herb, leaves, and flower are all used medicinally. Paracress has no particular odor however, it does have a characteristic taste. Paracress starts out pleasant and salty but progresses to strong, pungent, and burning. Paracress contains the unsaturated alkamide, spilanthol and other pungent alkamides, sesquiterpenoids (polygodial and eudesmanolide II), and an essential oil (containing limonene, ??-caryophyllene, Z-??-ocimene, ??-cadinen, thymol, germacrene D and myrcene).

Paracress has demonstrated antiviral, antifungal, and antiseptic properties. It helps boost the immune system's resistence to infections and stimulates wound healing. Paracress has been used for allergies, cold, influenza, infections, and swollen glands.

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Cautions There have been no adverse reactions reported in association with paracress.