Herbal Remedies For Toothache

The common causes of tooth ache are infection, decay, injury, cracked tooth, filling that has become loose, abscess or loss of a tooth. Tooth ache can occur even after a tooth extraction. The good part is that tooth ache and infections can usually be relieved and healed naturally.

Natural Home Remedies:

  • Dab some clove oil directly on the decayed tooth. Clove oil has remarkable bacteria-slaying properties and also has a numbing effect. Same numbing effect can be obtained from whole cloves.
  • Paste of powdered ginger and red (cayenne) pepper. Pour the powdered ingredients in the bottom of a cup, then add a drop or two of water to make the paste. Roll a small ball of cotton into paste to saturate it, and place it on the painful tooth. (This can irritate the gums, so keep the cotton on the tooth.)
  • Rinsing mouth with a tincture of myrrh. The astringent effects help reduce inflammation and myrrh offers the added benefit of killing bacteria. Simmer 1 teaspoon of powdered myrrh in 2 cups water for 30 minutes. Strain and let cool. Rinse with 1 teaspoon of the solution in a half-cup water five to six times a day.
  • Peppermint tea has a nice flavour and some numbing power. Put 1 teaspoon dried peppermint leaves in 1 cup boiling water and steep for 20 minutes. After the tea cools, swish it around in mouth, then spit it out or swallow.
  • Stir a teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water and rinse for up to 30 seconds before you spit it out. Salt water cleanses the area around the tooth and draws out some of the fluid that causes swelling. Repeat this treatment as often as needed.
  • Take one teaspoon of blackseed oil (Nigella sativa) and 1/2 cup of vinegar and boil.
    Cool and then use as a mouth rinse to reduce inflammation and infection. Rinse every couple of hours until the pain and/or swelling is gone.
  • Place a small ice cube in a plastic bag, wrap a thin cloth around the bag, and apply it to the aching tooth for about 15 minutes to numb the nerves. Alternatively, that ice pack can go on your cheek, over the painful tooth.
  • A warm, wet tea bag is a standard folk remedy for toothache that’s worth a try. Black tea contains astringent tannins, which may reduce swelling and provides temporary relief.
  • Switch to the softest-bristled brush to help preserve gum tissue and prevent further shrinking.


  • If you’ve broken a tooth or have lost a filling, you can relieve some pain by covering the exposed area with softened chewing gum. This might work with a loose filling, too, to hold it in place until one can get to the dentist. To avoid further discomfort, avoid chewing anything with that tooth until you can have it repaired.

    If your toothache comes from an abscess or other infection, oil of oregano may used topically and internally.

  • Try an acupressure technique to stop tooth pain. With your thumb, press the point on the back of your other hand where the base of your thumb and your index finger meet. Apply pressure for about two minutes. This helps trigger the release of endorphins, the brain’s feel-good hormones. (Pregnant females should not try this method)

These home remedies can provide temporary relief, but your dentist needs to do some exploration and find out the cause of toothache.

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