Due to poor oral hygiene, toothaches can become very painful in no time. Making you unable to eat or speak, the pain may even spread to your head or neck.
In most cases, people suffering from dental pain rely on painkillers to get rid of the pain. But these drugs contain benzocaine, a local anesthetic that can cause allergies. Fortunately, recent scientific research has found a very effective natural remedy to get rid of toothache: clove essential oil.
The various properties of the clove essential oil
The effectiveness of this natural oil comes from its anti-infectious, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiparasitic and antiseptic properties. It is also widely used to treat many intestinal, urinary and vaginal infections even in the treatment of certain tropical diseases such as malaria, cholera and pneumonia.
Besides these healing benefits, clove oil also helps treat tiredness, low blood pressure, and improves concentration.
It is also a beauty ally by contributing to the treatment of many skin diseases such as skin parasites, scabies and infections related to acne.
This natural remedy is also extremely effective for pain relief, and many cultures have used it for centuries to treat oral problems such as mouth ulcers, gingivitis, and of course dental infections.
A study published by the Journal of Dentistry in 2006, clove oil has the same effect as anesthetic benzocaine, allowing it to effectively relieve chronic pain of teeth.
Put maximum of 3 drops of clove essential oil on a cotton swab and apply it directly to the painful area to numb the nerve and relieve the pain. However be careful not to swallow the oil.
Clove oil is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, children under 12 and people with hypertension or liver problems.
For the treatment of skin problems, it must be highly diluted to avoid possible allergies or burns.
Consumed or inhaled in large doses, clove oil can be hepatotoxic.
Another remedy for toothache: garlic
Garlic is a food with multiple properties: it is a powerful antiseptic, antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory effect. It stimulates blood circulation and protects the cardiovascular system.
Its pods are also very rich in vitamins and minerals such as manganese which is very important for metabolism and bone strength. They are powerful antioxidants that cleanse the body of free radicals, boost the immune system and help prevent several types of cancer such as stomach, colon and rectum.
Garlic also helps the treatment of common ailments such as colds, flu, bronchitis and anemia, while being very effective in treating gum problems and to relieve toothache.
How to use the garlic to relief tooth pain?
You can use whole cloves of garlic, simply by placing some on the painful area for a few minutes. Once softened by saliva, start chewing it gently on the tooth that hurts you. Your pain will disappear immediately.
The consumption of garlic is not recommended for people with porphyria – a blood disorder – which can increase the effects of the disease; and those who underwent surgery because of its anticoagulant effect that can cause bleeding.
It is also preferable that breastfeeding women avoid consuming it might change the taste of the breast milk.