Natural toothache remedies

toothacheCloves for Toothaches: Natural toothache remedies include the well-known use of clove to numb the area; you can soak gauze in the oil and put it in the area that is hurting. You can also rub a small amount of clove oil on the area that is hurting but be careful as clove oil is intense and can burn, so use caution and small amounts.

Acidophilus Rinse:

Canker sores supposedly calm down when an acidophilus mouth rinse is used. I have not tried this but it does seem the acidophilus could have a cooling and neutralizing effect on a mouth sore.

The Toothache Tree:

The Prickly Ash tree is also called “the toothache tree,” because chewing on its leaves is supposed to help toothaches. I have not tried this and repeat it here only as folklore of interest on the topic.


People have chewed on ginger root in the West Indies for toothaches.

But in all reality, the best toothache remedy is prevention, before the fact.

Thyme Cough Syrup for Sore Throats:

Nothing irritates a mouth worse than a raw cough in the back of the throat. To make an effective thyme cough syrup, start by making a tea. Boil 1 pint water, remove from heat, and add 4 ounces dried thyme and 1 ounce dried mint. Cover and steep for 20 minutes. Strain, then add a cup of honey or sugar to the tea water and stir. Heat again, slowly, over low heat, stirring constantly until syrup thickens. Cool. Pour into glass bottles with corks, as other tops can explode if syrup ferments. You can store this syrup in the refrigerator to extend life. Use a spoonful to help stop coughing when needed.

Thyme Gargle for Sore Throats:

This is another easy herbal remedy for flu season. Make a thyme gargle, by making a strong tea out of thyme, then sweeten it with a little honey, let cool, strain, then gargle with it often when you have a sore throat. You can also add sage and peppermint. (Do not use honey syrup for babies under one year old).