There are very few things as bothersome as a toothache – particularly when you can’t immediately get to a dentist. There are plenty of over-the-counter toothache medications, but wouldn’t it be more convenient if you could just reach into your spice cabinet and pull out the relief you’re looking for? As it turns out, you can do just that, provided you’ve got clove on hand. After all, before things like Orajel existed, dentists would use clove for toothaches.
How does clove soothe toothaches?
Clove, particularly the oil derived from the clove plant, has natural analgesic and bacterial properties that will not only lessen the pain of a toothache, but help to heal the cause of the pain if it’s due to a bacterial infection. In fact, its pain-numbing abilities may actually be on par with medications that contain the active ingredient benzocaine. A study published in 2006 in the Journal of Dentistry tested the effects of clove oil and benzocaine products and found that both seemed to provide the same level of pain relief.
How do you use it?
Use a cotton swab to apply a very small amount of clove oil to the affected area. Clove oil can be purchased at most health food stores and is relatively affordable.
Are there any side-effects?
As with everything, there is the possibility of side-effects from using clove oil. If ingested in large quantities, clove oil can cause liver and respiratory problems. It also has a strong, slightly unpleasant taste.
Have you ever used clove for toothaches? Tell us how it worked for you in the comments section below.