A toothache is simply a pain in or around a tooth that may have various causes. These include tooth decay, tooth fracture, a cavity, a damaged filling, teeth grinding, and infected gums.
Symptoms include a sharp or throbbing tooth pain that may either be constant or come and go with pressure (from chewing), swelling, fever, and even drainage from the infected tooth.
While a toothache almost always necessitates a trip to the dentist, clove bud oil is a natural disinfectant and has both antibacterial and antiviral properties that can help hold you over until you are able to get to the dentist. Clove oil can provide temporary relief for the pain and swelling of toothaches, but keep in mind, it’s only a temporary fix.
How to use clove oil for toothaches:
Add one drop of clove oil to toothpaste. Use this mixture 1-2 times daily.
Mix 3-5 drops of clove oil with approximately 2 ounces of water. Swish around in your mouth for 30 seconds up to 5 times a day to disinfect the mouth. Be careful not to swallow this mouthwash solution.
For the strongest method of application to an area of the teeth you see as a potential problem, apply one drop of clove oil to a Q-tip and apply directly to the tooth. If you find this to be too intense, add a small amount of water to slightly dilute the oil.
To further help soothe a toothache; use the following homemade toothpaste once a day:
2 T aluminum free baking soda
2 T coconut oil
10-20 drops of clove oil
5-10 drops of peppermint or lemon essential oil
In large quantities, clove oil may be toxic, so use caution when incorporating it into a home remedy. In addition, clove oil may also irritate surrounding tissues (such as gums, tongue and lips) so it’s best to start small and dilute the oil before working your way up to a stronger concentration.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical community is there to help us when oils can't.