Natural Toothache Remedies

Essential Natural Remedies to Always Have on Hand: Part 1 of a Series

by Donna Gibson in Donna's Blogs
July 17, 2018

I had my first ever toothache about 2 weeks ago. I’ve heard they can be quite painful – I sincerely apologize if I was not sympathetic enough to anyone who has ever shared a toothache story with me. I am not sure the word “ache” even qualifies for this particular event. I think incapacitating pain, with the want to be anything but conscious is a much better description of my toothache experience.

Anyone who knows me can bear witness to the fact that my car is always stocked with an assortment of snacks, teas, oils, and a portable diffuser, to name a few.  I can always pull something helpful out of a bag. Who doesn’t have at least 3 kinds of tea with them at all times? And who wouldn’t leave the house without clove oil? Clove oil is incredibly useful for so many things – especially oral hygiene. I often put a few drops on my toothbrush for an added boost towards healthier gums and teeth.

Knowing what I needed to do I went straight to work. To my relief, I had a box of green tea with ginger in my bag. Perfect! The tannins in the tea almost immediately reduce swelling, while simultaneously easing pain and drawing out infection. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory and exactly what I needed. To use the tea bags for relief, you simply moisten them and then carefully place them in between your cheek and the area in pain. Sit back and let them work. Within 15 minutes I felt a million times better, and I was able to proceed with applying a few drops of clove oil to my irritated gums. I knew this would begin to numb the sore area while further decreasing the inflammation. The anti-bacterial properties in clove oil combined with the fore mentioned benefits eased the pain to almost none at all.

Over the course of the next few days I was able to travel comfortably. I did continue to use my remedies in a proactive manner; as well as carefully making food choices as to not put unnecessary strain on my injured tooth. Once I was settled, I added fresh chopped garlic for its powerful antibiotic effect (it can burn a good bit), and I followed the chopped garlic with cleansing warm salt water rinses made with pink Himalayan salt.

Tea bags and clove oil saved my weekend and kept my toothache in check. I also tried to stay ahead of any infection spreading – I should mention I started taking Oregano Capsules for a natural antibiotic immediately. Had I not been traveling, I probably would have been to the dentist as quickly as possible. I was only more inspired to share the powerful medicine nature has to offer.

Other natural remedies for a toothache I have not yet tried, but certainly would: pure aloe, peppermint tea, and thyme. These all make sense to me, but what I had on hand during this weekend did the trick!

Thanks for reading!



These remedies are not intended to treat dental problems. A toothache can be a sign of serious problems. Always see a Dentist as soon as possible if you experience a toothache or other sources of mouth pain!

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