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Ginger: Best Toothache Remedy

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Clove has been a tradition natural remedy for toothache. But I discovered ginger helps as well. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger immediately sooth the point of pain effectively. It was recently when one of my molars failed and I chewed raw ginger root around the molar for immediate relief. If you ever experience toothache, then try it out.

I hope you never need this remedy, but just in case you do, here it goes.

If you look up remedies for toothaches, most herb books say to chew on clove. When I was on my knees in pain from a failing tooth, cloves just did not quite cut it. I have several teeth that are compromised. I grew up eating lucky charms, pop tarts and frosted flakes for breakfast. By the time I was 10 years old, I had a mouth full of cavities. Every molar in my mouth was filled with mercury fillings.

In my twenty’s I learned about eating healthy and ditched the cereals and all kinds of other processed foods that I had eaten throughout my childhood. But you don’t get new teeth, the damage had been done. To this day I have trouble with my teeth and have to really take care of them.

Recently, one of my back molars failed. I woke up in the morning and could hardly get out of bed; my toothache was so bad! Later, when looking at the x-ray of the tooth, you could see that there was hardly any tooth left; it was mostly one giant filling! My poor tooth, it had been drilled out of my head before I was even a teenager.

I crawled downstairs and stuffed some cloves in my mouth; I waited awhile and was still in pain. My husband said he would go to the store and get me some over the counter pain medication, because I couldn’t get in to see the dentist until the following day.

I rarely take any kind of medications so when I agreed that he should go pick me up something from the pharmacy, that gives you an idea of just how desperate I was. While he was gone, ginger popped into my mind. I started thinking about the strong anti-inflammatory action of ginger and decided to just put a quarter sized piece of fresh ginger in my mouth. I bit into the fresh ginger root and stuffed it into the area of the throbbing tooth. Within two minutes, my pain was gone. Not just less, but gone!

The cloves had reduced my pain, but not gotten rid of it. The ginger took it away completely. Awesome. I never took the pain pills Michael brought home, but just replaced the fresh ginger root every couple of hours and it kept me pain free for the next 24 hours until I could get into the dentist.

Thank You Ginger!

Kami McBride

Kami McBride is the author of The Herbal Kitchen. For 25 years she has been teaching people to use herbs in their daily lives for health and wellness. Kami helps you to de-mystify the world of herbal medicine, and is fanatic about motivating people to use herbs in their gardening, cooking, skin care, stress reduction and caring for children’s home ailments. She lives with her husband and 9 year old son in northern California and loves helping people learn how to use herbs in the home setting.

Kami McBride

Kami McBride is the author of The Herbal Kitchen. For 25 years she has been teaching people to use herbs in their daily lives for health and wellness. Kami helps you to de-mystify the world of herbal medicine, and is fanatic about motivating people to use herbs in their gardening, cooking, skin care, stress reduction and caring for children’s home ailments. She lives with her husband and 9 year old son in northern California and loves helping people learn how to use herbs in the home setting.

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Katie Hill
Katie Hill 5pts

Should of had this when mine was hurting

Happy Rick
Happy Rick 5pts

I grew up eating lucky charms, pop tarts and frosted flakes for breakfast. Now since when does an "ADULT" let thier child eat that crap in the first place!!!!?

Lana Frechette
Lana Frechette 5pts

Good to know, please keep sharing your successes with holistic care, the rest of the world needs to awaken.

Caleah Stewart
Caleah Stewart 5pts

The article just said that she needed something to relieve the pain until she could see her dentist

Caleah Stewart
Caleah Stewart 5pts

I am in need of a root canal but my dentist want to wait until I have severe chronic pain before performing the root canal. A couple of weeks ago I began to experience excruciating pain and my gums were inflammed. It was the weekend do I rinsed with melaluca oil and brushed my teeth with a drop of it on the paste. Within an hour my pain was gone. I repeated the process the next day just as a precaution, I only had a relapse of very minor pain but when I went to my chiropractor, he discovered that my jaw was misaligned from night grinding and I was putting undo pressure on that tooth. So between using tea tree oil and seeing a chiropractor I reduced the need for a costly root canal. Holistic care does work

Susan Day
Susan Day 5pts

Best toothache remedy is a dentist. There could be an abscess that needs treating as soon as possible.

Giona Sedigo
Giona Sedigo 5pts

Jandalertz Sarmiento Samson here pa oh :* ginger ra

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

:) We are the taste would have been nothing less than revelation!

Carmen Benitez
Carmen Benitez 5pts

I found a clove toothpaste in an Indian supermarket and it is fabulous!

Anil Gajjar
Anil Gajjar 5pts

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Michael Turner
Michael Turner 5pts

Have appointment for Wed. But office closed that day. Tuesday am.

Shannon Glass
Shannon Glass 5pts

Puja Jaiswal, for 15 days? U need to go to the Dr. Right away. Not to scare u, but 2 family members were having headaches and they both had a brain tumor. Go to the Dr, please. Praying for you.

Shannon Glass
Shannon Glass 5pts

Thanks for sharing this. I had nice teeth, until chemo and radiation. Yikes really messed up my teeth.

EuJoy Rome
EuJoy Rome 5pts

Also good as drink for joins pain.

Lorraine Goodrich
Lorraine Goodrich 5pts

Yeah, I think youre supposed to dilute it in a carrier oil and/or dilute in water and use as an oral rinse.

Laura Lee Sosebee
Laura Lee Sosebee 5pts

I tried clove oil on a cotton ball & it caused the skin on my gums to peel off & is still causing me pain several days later. Should I not have done it that way?

Lorraine Goodrich
Lorraine Goodrich 5pts

Clove oil baby, all the way, but dont touch any other part of your body with it! (^: