A while back, I shared some of my favorite natural remedies with you. Well, I just realized that I forgot to list one that I have been using a lot lately. Clove.
I once complained of a toothache to my husband’s Grandmother, and she offered me a whole clove from her spice cabinet. I was baffled at first, but she explained that cloves can ease the pain. Always one to prefer a natural method over an artificial chemical one (Not to mention, the wisdom of Grandmothers!), I popped the clove in my mouth and was astonished when it began working only seconds later.
I have been struggling with toothaches a lot again recently, and the other night while out with a friend my mouth began to zing with pain out of the blue. We stopped into a store and I bought a new container of whole cloves to replenish my supply at home.
If you decide to try this, here is what to do:
Simply tuck the clove into your mouth right between the tooth that hurts and the gums. Sometimes you have to kind of bite down on it to get the right angle for the spot that hurts. As the clove disintegrates a little in your saliva you will start to feel numb and a bit tingly, and the pain will go away.
According to some internet research, cloves contain a natural anesthetic called eugenol. Also, clove apparently contains some antiseptic properties, that can help keep your mouth from infection. I also learned that many pharmacies sell a clove oil, that you can rub on and which might be preferable to some people than holding the whole piece in your mouth.
I have come to swear by this method, and it is helping to tide me over until my next dental appointment.