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Cloves for toothaches
Cloves oil for toothache relief
I have a toothache. If I didn't eat so many sweets, I probably wouldn't, but that isn't the point right now.
It's going to be over a week until the dentist can fit me in. What am I going to do? What is something that almost every kitchen has in it? I'm not in the mood to go shopping.
I walk into my kitchen and grab a whole clove or two (but no more), put them in my mouth and maneuver them to the site that is giving me pain.
Since they are dried, it takes a bit for them to soften, and the eugenol oil to be released, but once it does.... ahhhh, that's better. As it gets softer, I will give it one chew, and move it back into place. Your tongue will get a little numb, I always take advantage of this by putting my tongue on the inside of the distressed tooth, hitting it on both sides.
When you 'do a chew' and your tounge doesn't get numb, that's the time to replace the cloves.
Eugenol oil has anesthetic properties that relieve the pain. Better yet, it is also an antiseptic, to help whatever infection is in there to slow down in its growth, and maybe it won't rage out of control. Giving me the time I need for my dentist appointment to happen.
Here is the word of warning: Prolonged, and heavy use of cloves can overload the liver, perhaps even damaging it. Therefore, only use one or two at a time.
Also, you can take a small handful of cloves, put them in a glass and pour hot water over them. As they get softer, take a fork and squish em' to the side of the glass to release some more of the oils. When the water cools down, you can swish the water back and forth across the area. I sometimes see how long I can hold it in my mouth as a game to get my mind of the throbbing. Then spit it out.
You could swallow it, but as mentioned, you want to try not to overload your system. The more you swallow the water, the less time you can use the cloves directly against your gums.
Cloves are handy, and are in your kitchen. Next time you need to wait to get into the dentist, don't wait in pain, try it out.
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