Grandma's cure of chewing the leaves of this plant to ease the pain of a toothache has another use. Some pepper lovers chew these leaves before eating some of the world's hottest peppers to numb the pain of the capsaicin in their mouths and throats. Mixologists have fun incorporating sprigs into their pepper infused cocktails.
Flowers and leaves are both edible. This plant is identical to the Bull's Eye variety except it has pure yellow flowers.