(Note – this post is not medical advice nor substitute for a professional evaluation.)
Toothache can really be unbearably painful. What’s more distressing is when it occurs at midnight and your dentist’s office is already closed. On such occasions, home and herbal remedies come very handy. Here is a list of effective herbal remedies for toothaches. But before we go through that list, let’s briefly examine what toothache is and its underlying causes.
Pain in and around a tooth can really be distracting. Its severity ranges from mild discomfort to excruciatingly painful that it hampers one’s ability to perform daily tasks, and it becomes one’s sole area of focus. The condition can actually be triggered by several factors which include tooth fracture, tooth decay, abscessed tooth, infected gums, damaged filling and repetitive motions like chewing gums and grinding teeth. It’s essential to seek consultation with a dentist, who will appraise you as to the underlying condition and recommend a course of treatment. In the meantime, these herbs have been considered useful as home remedies. Maybe print out this list and keep it in your medicine chest?
Here are our top 13 herbal / natural home remedies for toothache:
ClovesEugenol, the principal molecular component of the oil derived from cloves, is a common ingredient in dental products – that ought to tell you something! Ground or crushed whole cloves are believed to be effective in dealing with tooth pain due to their pain relieving and antimicrobial (bacteria-killing) properties. Also, cloves are known for their anesthetic and numbing effect when chewed.
GingerThe use of ginger root is probably one of the most common herbal remedies for toothaches that had been in use for decades now. All you have to do is peel off its skin and put it over the affected tooth and bite it. Eventually, the pain will subside. Change the ginger in your mouth periodically as needed.
GarlicOne of the most common spices found in your kitchen, garlic also makes a very effective home remedy for toothaches. In fact, garlic is hailed as one of world’s “most potent antibiotics”. When crushed or finely chopped, bruised or crushed, garlic produces two chemicals that form into Allicin, a compound known for its antibiotic properties and its ability to ward off pain. However, some researchers claimed that garlic can irritate the gums so the use of crushed garlic should only be exclusive on tooth cavities.
Limes and LemonsAccording to research, limes and lemons can also be of great help in dealing with tooth pain as they contain Vitamin C and strong citric acid which are thought to be effective at reducing pain. Just take a slice of lemon or lime and put it over the affected area. You can also squeeze its juice and swish it around the painful area. Or you can also make a paste by squeezing its juice, add a little salt, then apply it over the affected area.
OnionPutting a piece of raw onion over the affected area is also recommended even by dentists. Onions are known for their antimicrobial properties which can be beneficial in dealing with dental pain. Some people even claimed that a slice of onion is equivalent to a bottle of Orajel and 8 capsules of advil!
When you feel that the pain begins to occur again, gently bite the onion until its juice comes out. Onions are also reported to be of great help to people who are suffering from tooth abscesses. A piece of onion is very effective in taking away swelling and pain.
Lavender and Chamomile
TurmericIs there anything that turmeric can’t do? When it comes to dental and gum problems, turmeric is getting a great deal of attention lately. In addition to its reported ability to fight against Alzheimer’s and different types of cancer diseases, turmeric is considered effective against abscesses and dental pain as well as tooth and gum infections.
CabbageBet you weren’t expecting this one! Did you know that cabbage can also be an excellent dental pain reliever? When applied topically, cabbage serves as excellent detoxifiers and powerful healers. Just take a cabbage leaf and soften it with a rolling pin. Then take its veins, roll it up, and insert it between the tooth and the gum.
GoldensealHave you heard of goldenseal? It is a flowering herbal plant that grows throughout North America. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the plant is a good source of chemical berberine which is scientifically proven to be effective at killing different types of bacteria in lab tests. Some people use goldenseal in treating sore throats, oral infections, urinary tract infections, sinus infections, and canker sores.
ThymeThe use of thyme in treating dental pain is also recommended. According to studies, this culinary herb contains antiseptic, antifungal and medicinal properties which make it effective in warding off gum disease and tooth decay. When paired with fenugreek, thyme is beneficial in treating bacterial infections. On the other hand, when thyme is used with peppermint, it becomes more effective in killing bacteria and in reducing inflammation.
SpilanthesThough less commonly discussed, spilanthes is undeniably one of the most effective dental pain reliever. Often labeled as the ‘toothache plant’, the flowers of spilanthes are directly applied over the gum area as it offers numbing effects.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)Growing yarrows in your backyard really makes a difference most especially when you are suffering from toothache. When dental pain begins, chew the plant’s feathery leaves and put them on the affected area. It acts very quickly and it offers temporary relief to your teeth and gum problems.
Peppermint leafAccording to research, peppermint leaf or oil resembles some of the qualities of clove oil in relieving tooth pain. Many people believe that chewing peppermint leaf makes a very effective reliever to dental pain. Also, this culinary herb contains menthol that offers anti-inflammatory and soothing effects to the sufferer.
Get two peppermint leaves and chew them until they become wet. When wet, place them directly over the affected tooth. After a couple of minutes, rinse your mouth with a solution of 8 ounces of water and 2 teaspoons of salt.
Normally, a toothache is an indication that something is wrong. It must never be taken for granted or ignored – most especially when it results to swelling in and around the mouth. When this scenario occurs, contacting a dentist at once is necessary as a mere toothache can lead to more serious health problems.
Original article created for herbs-info.com by Elfe Caba nas © 2013.