Got Tooth Pain?
Read on for a natural remedy using essential oils that I used to relieve tooth pain.
A few months ago, I noticed a portion of my gum behind my back, bottom tooth was tender and irritated. I didn’t think much of it at first. This tooth happened to be a wisdom tooth that I knew would have to be taken out at some point. I avoided foods I knew could further irritate it, didn’t chew any gum, brushed my teeth and flossed like normal. By the end of the day it felt a little worse and even woke me up a few times during the night.
The next morning it was considerably worse and the pain was now radiating to the surrounding jaw line, all down my neck and even into my shoulder. This was definitely alarming and I was thinking I would have to get emergency dental surgery within the day. But of course, it was a Friday night so I wanted to at least wait until Monday. With nothing to lose at this point, I wanted to try some essential oils.
My All Natural Remedy for Tooth Pain
I figured that several methods of using the essential oils would be necessary in a situation like this. I also wanted to use essential oils high in antibacterial properties, so I went with a mixture of Clove, Peppermint and Lemon. All three of these oils have reputations for packing a punch when it comes to antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. So bottom line, a great combination to treat something acute like this!
I mixed 4 ounces of water and a pinch of salt with 1 drop of Clove, Peppermint and Lemon essential oils. I gargled and rinsed my mouth 2-3 times that first day. It did help with the pain, but for the residual I did take an over the counter pain killer. I also took 1 drop of an immune system blend in a veggie capsule twice that day. If it was an infection, I wanted my body to be able to keep it from getting any worse before the end of the weekend.
(***Disclaimer: I almost never use essential oils internally, but there are some situations that warrant internal use. It is recommended to use essential oils internally only if under the supervision of a doctor or experienced aromatherapist.)
The Outcome I Was Hoping For!
The next morning when I woke up, I have to say I was downright amazed! The pain that had been radiating to my jaw, neck and shoulder was now contained to my gum. The swelling had gone down some and I decreased the amount of over the counter pain medication I was taking. I still continued the gargle and rinse as well as the veggie capsule with immune support.
Fast forward to Day 3, I continued the veggie capsule with immune support for another day or two as well as the gargle and rinse a few times a day. The pain had lessened a lot and I stopped using the OTC pain medication.
I continue to be amazed at how essential oils can help the body heal! If you are experiencing a toothache, give an essential oil gargle a try. If you don’t have the essential oils I used, other great options individually or in combination include: Tea Tree, Lavender and Fennel essential oil.