Happy New Year's Eve Everyone! For January at least, I am going to attempt to post regularly, and for now, I think I'm going to try for Tuesdays. If you have any posts you'd like to see, please let me know in the comments.
If you're suffering from the pain of toothache, clove is your best bet for relief. My older brother came out to visit over thanksgiving and was in an agony of pain because of a wisdom tooth.
He is highly skeptical of any kind of alternative medicine, but he finally relented and let me nurse him.
He wouldn't allow me to put any essential oil directly on the gum which I have heard is a great relief, but let me brew him some clove tea. Clove is slightly numbing to the gums which is just what he needed. After swishing with it and letting it sit against the painful area, he swallowed it, but I would recommend spitting it out afterward as too much can give you a stomach ache. (and who wants to be sick on top of in pain?!). Even my stubborn skeptical brother (who is a wonderful man and whom I love dearly by the way. But he is stubborn and skeptical. Just sayin) said it really did help and and the rinse benefits lasted for about an hour. So my remedy recipe is as following
1 Teaspoon whole dried clove buds slightly crushed to release oil
1/2 cup boiling water
Steep for 5-10 minutes, strain.
Take a healthy swig and swish and/or hold on the side that hurts for as long as you like, spit, and repeat until gums are numb.
Repeat Every 2 hours or as needed.
A cotton swap dipped in clove essential oil and swabbed onto the affected area is reportedly the best thing for tooth pain
Whiskey is also a good remedy for helping to numb toothache. Whether you drink or not, I recommend keeping whiskey on hand for sickness. Swish/hold the liquor against the affected area. Spit or swallow as desired.
If nothing else, keep a warm compress on the jaw.
Elderberry syrup made with cloves is also according to my lovely mum, a relief. My mom had a toothache that had lasted for quite a while, and before I had thought of making a clove tea, I suggested my elderberry syrup that I had added cloves to. She took it and the next day it was better and did not reappear. I suspect that the immune boosting qualities had something to do with aiding her body in getting rid of whatever was ailing the tooth as well.
I hope this helps. If you've ever used clove for toothache, I'd love to hear about it!
Please do seek help for dental problems - the clove is merely a temporary help relieve the pain, it isn't a remedy for tooth trouble. But also do remember you have a choice. Don't be at the mercy of doctors or dentist, be informed about your choices.