- 4 drops clove bud oil
- 1 drop orange oil (for flavor)
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
Combine ingredients. Rub a few drops onto painful gums. Repeat every half hour or so. If your child refuses the clove teething oil, try replacing the clove oil with chamomile oil. The chamomile is a less effective pain reliever, but it isn’t hot like the clove. Apply the treatment several times a day, as needed.
For more than a century, clove bud oil has been used to ease all types of tooth pain, at least until you can get to the dentist. Even dentists themselves still recommend clove oil to their patients, and it is found in several dental preparations. Use the essential oil that is made from the bud instead of the leaf because the leaf contains so much of the constituent eugenol that it is considered somewhat toxic. In an emergency, put a clove bud in your mouth where it hurts the most. As it softens, mash the clove gently with your teeth to release the oil, and suck on it.
To relieve teething pain, rub the child’s gums with a little Toothache Oil on your finger. Clove bud oil can be hot, so try it in your own mouth first. If it is still too hot, dilute it with more vegetable oil before putting it in your baby’s month.
Essential oils for toothache: chamomile, clove
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Kathi Keville is director of the American Herb Association and editor of the American Herb Association Quarterly newsletter. A writer, photographer, consultant, and teacher specializing in aromatherapy and herbs for over 25 years, she has written several books, including Aromatherapy: The Complete Guide to the Healing Art and Pocket Guide to Aromatherapy, and has written over 150 articles for such magazines as New Age Journal, The Herb Companion, and New Herbal Remedies.This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Neither the Editors of Consumer Guide (R), Publications International, Ltd., the author nor publisher take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading or following the information contained in this information. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader must seek the advice of their physician or other health care provider.