Everyone loves a good home-remedy hack! And when it comes to pain relief, especially toothache, most of us are willing to try anything! You cannot always make it to the dentist or get to the chemist when your teeth start aching. But there is always a homeopathic, natural way to get some relief from nasty symptoms.
Do cloves work?
The short answer is yes. Cloves or rather clove oil is a fast, effective remedy for toothache.
There’s one catch, though. Their taste.
Old maid’s remedy
Clove oil has been used as a pain reliever for over a century. Cloves contain an active ingredient – eugenol – that numbs the skin it touches. Eugenol is a natural anaesthetic and also a natural anti-inflammatory.
A study by PubMed found that eugenol is more effective at reducing pain, inflammation and infection than other types of analgesics. Study participants who used the eugenol-based paste also had better wound healing than participants who used the alternative treatment or no treatment at all, reports Health Line.
When using cloves or clove oil as a natural remedy for the toothache, you can place the whole clove inside the tooth’s cavity, or rub the oil directly onto the affected gum area. It will numb the area within a matter of seconds, but the spicy flavour may be hard to get used to. Besides their healing properties, cloves are also traditionally used to spice up curries and biryanis.
Be careful when administering the oil to children. Because of its spicy nature, it may be difficult to handle and can even affect their nasal passages, much like eucalyptus oil. It is of similar intensity. Children can also experience diarrhoea if they swallow too much. Be sure to use a carrier oil when administering to children under the age of 12.