Using Clove to Cure Toothaches





Introduction: Using Clove to Cure Toothaches

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Clove oil is hands down the most effective home remedy for tooth pain of any kind.

This instructable will show you how to make a decoction from whole cloves but I would be remiss if I didn't also mention that clove oil can be purchased from most pharmacies and is, due to the steam distillation process, much more potent and effective at relieving severe dental pain.

[However if you are suffering from severe tooth pain you should consult a dentist. Clove oil should only be used for temporary relief as prolonged use can deaden the nerve.]

Cloves have been used to treat toothaches since medieval times and knowing this trick can save you from experiencing a world of pain and discomfort. The active ingredient in clove oil is eugenol and this treatment is ideal for someone about to undergo a root canal or suffering from dry socket.

If you use clove oil to get relief from a simple cavity please do no do so repeatedly as it is possible to do more harm than good in the long run - only use this remedy to make the wait for your dentist's appointment go by more easily.

Step 1: Whole Cloves

You can simply place a whole clove into your mouth on or near the tooth that hurts, bite down & grind to release the oils, and wait. You'll know the oil has been released when you sense a bitter taste and a tingling sensation on your tongue and gums.

Whether chewing a whole clove or using the oil you will want to spit - don't.
Wait a couple of minutes before rinsing your mouth out with water.

The analgesic effect should last a couple of hours and the bitter taste should subside in under ten minutes.

If you don't have access to clove oil and want to make a close approximation at home, grind whole cloves with a mortar & pestle, coffee grinder or blender.

You can also make clove tea to effectively relieve the pain with less mess - Thanks to putty1cat for sharing!

Step 2: Make a Satchel

Cut a small square of cheesecloth, place a small pile of ground cloves in the centre and tie up with a piece of string.

You can also make a satchel full of whole cloves and chew on it. The oil will soak through the cheesecloth to your teeth and you won't wind up with bits of clove in your mouth.

Step 3: Oil & Boil

Place the satchel into the canning jar and cover with oil. Seal the jar tightly.

Place the jar into a double boiler for 30-50 minutes, then let cool.

Step 4: Wait & Apply

Leave sealed for 1-2 weeks to increase potency. 

Add a few drops of oil to a cotton ball and apply to sore tooth.



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My dentist told me to use clove after having my wisdom teeth pulled, it really does work!

I thought the thumbnail picture was a pile of rotten teeth :) Very appropriate!

This is the main ingredient of commercial preparations, like anbesol. Nice to have a 'ibile to save several bucks!

This is also used by dentists all the time. This is what's on the little q-tip they swab your gum with to numb it before sticking the novocain needle in, and mine packed in some when he attached a temporary crown.

Still, if you have tooth pain at all, you should have it checked by a dentist, severe or not...getting some mild pain checked out can well prevent going from 'hey this tooth is sensitive to cold' to ' ouch ouch ouch ouch now I need a root canal!'

Presumably, this would work for other pain, too, no?


Clove / clove oil has also traditionally been used to sooth sore muscles and other aches besides dental pain. Just use it as a topical salve and don't get it into an open wound, cut or scratch, etc.

Thanks, good to know. And great Instructable.

This actually WORKS !!
My grandmother forced this "old-wives B.S." upon me.
I was just about to kick her so I could get away when the pained stopped.
After that I pestered her to teach me everything she knew.
She knew a goddam awful lot !!
It was more than once she tried to get rid of me with her boot. But I kept on at her.
I only recently learned that her whole family has this knowledge and that she never went to the hospital once in her life.
Are you kidding me or what!!
Now that ive taught my sons and daughter the same (although I cant recall how i did it) Im pretty sure now that that old woman tricked into learning and passing on that "old wives B.S"

I tried n it worked thnx alot

Clove oil has always been a family favorite for my family when curing tooth pain! But the strangest thing is my grandmother is no longer around so i come to look for it online thinking surely someone else knows how she did it ? But i am finding that everywhere i go to it says to put the clove oil directly on the tooth which she never did ! She always warmed it and dipped a cotton ball in the oil and placed the oil filled cotton ball in my ear on whichever side the tooth was affecting me and she would have me lay on the other ear for 15 mins. and the pain would go away for hours !! Today i cant find clove oil anywhere and i dont know how long she warmed it for or if she mixed it with olive oil