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Just under a couple of years ago I was suddenly struck down by toothache. Of course it was a Friday evening, and I couldn't even phone the dentist to make an appointment until the Monday. Therefore I had to dose myself up on painkillers which didn't even seem to touch the surface of the pain. Some recommended Clove Oil to me, and I found that I actually had some in our medicine cupboard which was out of date, but I didn't really care at this point. Since I didn't actually know where in my mouth the pain was coming from (I had no idea as it just hurt all over) I just applied it to all of my back teeth (with a cotton bud) as I could feel it was somewhere back there. I was initially struck by what a DISGUSTING taste it is, and I ended up having to spit repeatedly into the sink. However, almost instantly the pain seemed to become more tolerable as my mouth was numbed.
I'm not sure how much I used it that weekend, but it definitely helped. However, you are meant to avoid skin and gum contact, and this is pretty difficult. So after a few days I had what seemed like burns around the edges of my mouth. But I didn't really care.
It turned out that my final remaining wisdom tooth was impacting, and I also needed a couple of fillings and an inlay (I was lucky to get to 30 without needing any), so that was removed, and I made a later appointment for the fillings and inlay.
In the meantime I was struck down by toothache again while we were away for the weekend, and I didn't have my clove oil (or cotton buds) so bought some from Boots. It cost £2.99 for the 10ml bottle which is excellent value for what it is. Although it by no means cured my toothache, it definitely helped lessen the pain that weekend.
Included in the little box there were instructions, and further information, so make sure you read this. It does say that it shouldn't be used by pregnant women, however the Internet has mixed views on this - at the end of the day toothache in pregnancy must be a nightmare only being able to take paracetomol, so I think I would probably take the risk if absolutely necessary.
I would highly recommend this to people with toothache. Of course it is essential that you see a dentist to find the root (lol) of the problem, but in the meantime this is a godsend. Just wish it didn't taste so absolutely vile - the smell is quite nice and reminds me of Christmas!
4 out of 5 stars from me.
There are certain types of pain that I cope with better than other and although I am not a masochist I think I have a pretty high threshold for certain pain and if I have a twinge of pain I try to ignore it unless it gets bad in which case I will seek out some sort of treatment. The exception to this rule for me is toothache and even the slightest hint of sensitivity from a tooth is enough to send me rushing to the bathroom cabinet to see what I have in as it is the worst kind of pain imaginable and I find that when I have toothache I literally cannot function with anything else as it is all consuming for me. As well as taking painkillers to help with toothache I also rely upon some sort of liquid numbing agent such as clove oil. People have been using clove oil as a treatment from toothache for hundreds of years and it is still just as effective as any modern medicine that you can buy. I like the fact that there are no medical contradictions so I can still use painkillers and the clove oil to top up the pain relief whenever I need it. Clove oil is extremely potent smelling but it isn''t an altogether unpleasant smell though it does always remind me of the dentist understandably since I only have ever used it for toothache. The oil works as a local anaesthetic to temporary numb and relive the pain of toothache. You use the oil by dipping it in a cotton bud and then applying it directly into the tooth cavity where the pain is. It gives an immediate soothing sensation which is a relief when toothache strikes and you are waiting for the painkillers to kick in. The numbing sensation will last anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 and a half hours. Sometimes after using the clove oil it has soothed the nerve pain enough that the toothache has been lessened enough until I can get to the dentist but at other times I have had to keep using it several times throughout the day. It all depends on what kind of toothache and if the nerve is infected. No matter though how severe the pain the clove oil will help to relieve it even if it doesn''t take it away entirely. There are all sorts of different kinds of clove oil preparations to can buy from the pure essential oil to a gel but no matter what kind you buy make sure and get something with the highest concentration of oil in that you can. I try to not be without clove oil now because I know for a fact that I just can''t cope with toothache of any kind and I know this will help me get through it until I can get myself to a dentist.
My final wisdom tooth is coming through after not growing noticeably at all for over a year. The problem is that it is growing sideways into my cheek, and the dentist has said that they can't operate to remove it because I can't have the necessary X-ray and anesthetic while I'm in the third trimester of pregnancy. I would normally bare the pain of toothache for the sake of my baby but the tooth is cutting into my cheek and into a nerve which is possibly the most pain I have ever been in. So I am willing to try anything that might help and the first recommendation that came from several friends was clove oil.
I went straight out to Boots and bought a small bottle of clove oil for £2.99. This was the only size available and it is a 10ml container. I have been taking the highest regular dose of paracetamol allowed for the toothache and it does numb it a little but still the nerve pain is there. When I got home I instantly took the cap off the clove oil, put a few drops onto a cotton wool ball and bit down hard on it.
My is this stuff strong. Clove oil is clearly very potent, as a little bit got on my tongue and it burned for a few minutes after that. The smell is overwhelming and it is very overpowering, not pleasant at all. Even though I quite like cloves in chai tea, the strength of clove oil is far too much for me to enjoy. It tastes like pure alcohol, which makes sense as it is a highly concentrated essential oil, but not like any of the nice spirits I have tried in my time. It really burns. So it is also important not to swallow any of it, which I didn't, though the taste remained for some time afterwards, in my mouth and on my fingers.
To my immense relief, the clove oil did numb the pain, and straight away. So it was completely worth the experience of using it in my opinion, and the price. However, it only worked for about 10 minutes. After that the searing pain came back and I had to dab more on, although this time I only used a single drop and that is potent enough to numb the throbbing area.
The dentist said that I don't have an infection around the tooth so fingers crossed it will stay that way. The clove oil has some antibacterial properties so hopefully this will keep any infection at bay. It is not ideal that I have to rely on clove oil as I would prefer to try as many remedies/potential solutions as possible, but my doctor turned me away with a 'hopefully it'll sort itself out soon' and the knowledge that paracetamol is the strongest painkiller I can take during this time, the dentist simply said to come back for the surgery once baby has arrived, and the emergency dentist said only if it gets extremely bad will they attempt the X-ray and surgery.
I can tell you now that it IS extremely bad, but I am trying to cope with it and clove oil is just about getting me through it. I am using it every half hour or so for a brief break from the pain, as well as sucking ice and drinking cold mint tea between times.
Having read up on clove oil now that I am not in such intense pain that I can't see letters on the screen I have seen recommendations that clove oil should be diluted with olive oil in order to reduce its potency. So I tried this, but it didn't work for me, it just isn't strong enough. I have started putting the single drop onto a cotton wool bud however as cotton wool balls aren't all that pleasant to put in your mouth, and also I was finding that it was harder to get the drop where I wanted it to be. With the cotton bud application I get instant relief for 5-10 minutes from a sharp searing pain that would otherwise be driving me mad.
I find it hard to believe that clove oil is so potent and also so effective, though only for a very short period of time as I said, especially since 2 dentists and a doctor saw how much pain I am in and failed to even mention clove oil as an alternative remedy. In fact the bottle I bought from Boots says 'do not use during pregnancy' on it but this must just be for the company to cover their backs as I asked the pharmacist if it is safe to use it during the third trimester and she said yes it is.
So this product, although only giving temporary bouts of relief, gets 5 stars from me and I would certainly recommend it for toothache that is not as extreme as mine.
We have all been there. The twinge in your tooth grows over the week to a raging throbbing nightmare, made worse from the fact that the only fix maybe a trip to the dentist, that added anxiety only making the pain worse, why you have left your toothache to run wild all week. You can't sleep a wink by day four and the gum is swelling up. By now you are on the internet at 3am desperate to try crazy cures as the painkillers don't want to know, like rubbing onion on it, pinching between your index fingers (apparently 50% of the brains pain receptors are channel through here) or putting a boiled egg in your pants. By day five of a toothache we are willing to try anything!
Forget all that guys and girls. As man who is lazy around dentists when I chipped a tooth I have more than my fair share of toothaches. The first things that work are anti inflammatory painkillers like Nurofen and Ibropofen. Aspirin won't work. What people don't realize is painkillers simply cut off the signal from the brain to the infected area to recognize pain, nothing more. They are not fixing anything but simply denying the problem the brain is telling you to fix through that pain.
Now, as a rule of thumb if the pain hasn't gone by a week it's probably not going to. A serious tooth infection can grow into the jaw bone or even into your brain in extreme cases so don't leave it too long if the pain wont go. You will have to go to the dentist. Stop praying to God that you will go to the dentist next time, if he makes the pain go away. If the pain is deep in the tooth itself it's probably an abscess and needs draining because the poison can't escape. An abscess comes from trapped food that gets infected and the battle between the anti-bodies and the puss swells up in there and squeezes the nerve. The tell tale sign of an abscess comes from biting down on your tooth causing horrendous pain as the nerve is pinched some more.
Now a regular toothache can go away if it's just damaged dentine or a fresh tooth chip and you may be able to last it out for a week or so as the body corrects itself and gets to work on the infection, what it is designed to do. This is the sort of infection you can rub stuff like Clove oil on and analgesia the pain some. The gum abscess is perhaps the most common toothache in the modern age where people can't afford a dentist and leave chipped teeth alone until they become a crevice and so open to all manner of infections. This results in food getting between gum and teeth and a huge swelling, which is often painful as it pushes on to the damaged tooth. But the pain will go away if you help the body fight infection. But if left the smaller teeth snap down to the gum a year or so later and you become even more timid about going to the dentist as you know it will be pulled and take half your gum with the stump.
The best way to fight this pain with gum swelling is three Nurofen every 6 hours to get that critical sleep and then warm salty water in a glass in the day time. Swill it around the infected area for a minute and then spit it out. Repeat this with the whole glass. The salt attacks the infection and encourages the body to join in and the swelling goes down some, so the pain. The more the swelling the more the battle, a good sign. Don't do this before bed as blood meanders to your head during sleep time and so increases the pain, toothache the shortest trip to the brain pain receptors so some of the most intense pain we can suffer. The best way to distract yourself from pain is to do exactly that, a bag of ice on the face enough. The ice does nothing for the damage but simply confuses the brain on applying pain, why you see sportsmen with ice packs on their injuries. What you don't want to do is place anything hot or cold on a toothache, sure to make it worse. Warm is the key. Even a warm water soaked cloth can bring some relief.
But we are here to talk about Clove Oil and if it's effective. The first thing you must do is read the instructions and apply it correctly. This stuff burns and will make a mess of your gum or lips if you don't dilute it. Two parts olive oil to one part clove oil is about right. Then just dip a swob on the mix and dab it on the tooth until it feels comfortable. If you put some on the swollen gum it will tingle and you will know about it. DONT use it on the actual abscess. What it does is anesthetize the area like a medical antiseptic does ....the two made from the same properties after all, eugonel its main effective ingredient. The idea is it numbs the receptors and the pain is halved for a while. Problem is it only keeps some of the pain away for some of the time. You won't get the relief you do from painkillers. But its one natural remedy doctors are ok with so worth a go. But too much of this stuff ingested can cause internal problems so take it easy on it. It's like a mouthful of Ghost Chili's! The Americans recently downgraded its effectiveness for toothache as they felt its high price did not justify its minimal effects. It's hard not to disagree with that.
It's about a fiver per bottle in Superdrug and the like and you get about 10ml, the bottle the size of the ones you have for Earex. One bottle is more than enough and if it doesn't work after the first few dabs it isn't going to. I suspect the tingling sensation is more of a placebo effect than an actual anesthesia. Saying that it had some affect and as we have discussed, anything is worth a try when you're in pain. But a warning to all: if your pain is just neuralgia and you put this on your healthy tooth you will hit the roof!
About six months ago I was going through a horrendous time with wisdom tooth pain which seems to dissapear and come back every couple of years. This normally results in me having to visit the dentist to be told I have an infection, to be given antibiotics and sent away whilst being told to take regular pain killers. Anyone who has experianced wisdom tooth pain will agree when I say its one of the worst pains you can go through - and I have a 6 year old daughter and can tell you the pain level is well up there with child labour! So I was introduced to Clove Oil by a colleague who had also been experianced the same issue and let me have a go with hers - later that day I popped into Tesco and bought my own bottle.
My Clove Oil which was purchased from Tesco is from the Care+ range which specialises in a range of similar health care products me of which I own at home previous to this buy. The bottle size is a tiny 10ml and is made out of a brown glass with a child safety lid in white on the top. On the back labe you are advsied the use in the product is to provide temporary relief from toothache and that you should always keep container closed and stored in a cool place.
The full instructions come on the box in which the bottle is contained in but has unfortunately gone amiss in my house since then but internet guides do advise you apply some of the oil to a cotton bud or cotten wool and then dab the affected tooth but not the gum - with usual toothache the oil will be absorbed through any missing filling or cracks straight to the nerve and then numb any existing tooth pain you have. I do not follow these instructions at all as I have not chipped a tooth or lost a filling, my use is for wisdom tooth pain... Regardless of what the instructions say, I dispense some oil on to a finger and rub straight into the gum and this has never done me any harm.
The oil inside looks like... oil... and is completely transparant in colour. I would advise you to take care during application as this will likely have the potencial to stain your clothes... and another thing it tastes completely foul - the closest taste to me resembles anoseed... some people cannot stand the taste of it in their mouth but gradually over an hour or two the taste subsides in your mouth.
Overall I am really happy with clove oil when my wisdom tooth flares up and I feel it can actually work better than taking oral painkillers. It does this by numbing the area you have applied the oil to and surrounding areas and is a close sensation to the numbing you experiance when you go to the dentist for a filling.
Clove oil is suitable for all ages and I now hear of parents of young children using this when they are breaking teeth in, and for this use you are advsied to use sparingly as if you were to ingest large amounts it can be toxic to your system and you should minimise to reduce swallowing.
Other uses for Clove Oil include applying to stretch marks which can minimise scarring, can be used for pain of warts and bunion pain, muscle pains, aches and tests have shown use of this oil can improve blood circulation. Other less known uses include using it as a weed killer in smaller amounts (its a major ingredient in many of the high street products), can be used as an insect repellant (this doesnt surprise me due to the smell) and can help increase sexual energy by adding a small amount to a cup of tea or coffee!
To me its suitable to everyone in the sense that its made from natural ingredients so vegetarians will not have any issues with this.
Its a great product and I will always keep a bottle in my medicine cupboard for many years to come! Considering how much use its had over 6 months I still have more than half the bottle left and has the potencial to last a long time! Highly recommended!
I paid £1 for 10ml in Tesco 6 months ago and other stores offer similar sizes and prices.
The box says don't put it on your gum...Definitely put it on your gum where the tooth ache is works wonders
I purchased a 10ml bottle of Clove Oil from Holland and Barrett for £2.99 a few months ago when I had toothache, I have used it previously and found that it helped so sought out some more.
It is claimed that Clove Oil has antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac and stimulating properties. The oil can be used for treating a variety of health disorders including toothaches, indigestion, cough, headache, stress and blood impurities.
Clove itself is an evergreen tree with little flower buds on, these are used to extract the clove oil, sometimes it is referred to as Clove Bud Oil. Clove Oil contains calcium, hydrochloric acid, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and vitamin A and vitamin C. I have never used Clove Oil for anything other than for tooth problems, so I will assess the oil based on my experiences.
I apply the Clove Oil by dipping a clean cotton bud into the small bottle and then pressing the cotton bud onto the tooth that is aching, I would recommend holding it onto your tooth for a good few minutes, the Clove Oil eventually numbs the pain and makes you start to feel better as it trickles into the tiny gaps in the tooth. I apply Clove Oil again once the pain comes back, which varies depending on the severity of the pain, but it lasts around 2-3 hours. I do not like the taste of the Clove Oil, as it is very strong, but its effective so that is a little problem I just put up with. I would also recommend caution in the amount you apply in anyone application as it can burn your mouth, though I have not experienced this.
Clove Oil is also used in cosmetics as it is a good reliever of pain and stress, it is also used in soaps due to its soothing, distinctive and antiseptic properties and is it also added to some perfumes. Clove Oil is not recommend for children under 5 years of age, but it can be (and I did use it) during pregnancy as it is a natural product.
Overall I would recommend using Clove Oil for toothache, it's a great little natural product that helps to ease pain while you wait for your dentist appointment. It is also well priced and easy enough to carry around with you to treat your pain on the go.
For the last few days I have suffered with excruciating toothache which I generally never get so I was at the end of my tether when I couldnt get an appointment with a dentist for love nor money so I had heard that using clove oil is really good for helping with dental pain.
Clove oil is a natural analgaesic and antiseptic used primarily in dentistry for its main ingredient eugenol. It can also be purchased in pharmacies over the counter, as a home remedy for dental pain relief, mainly toothache; it is also often found in the aromatherapy section of health food stores.
So I went to asda and brought a 10ml bottle for £1.85 from the pharmacy part. This comes in a box that simply says "clove oil" for the tempoary relief of toothache.
On the reverse it says apply only to the affected tooth. Apply a small amount to some cotton wool and place on the affected tooth as required.
use with care on children under 2 years old.
its advised to keep container tightly closed and protected from light.
keep out of sight and reach of children.
ingredient: 100% clove oil
The bottle top is a good top like a medicine top where you have to push down and twist to open, so its good to know that young children wouldnt be able to open this if they did find it.
Now combined with already taking ibroprufen and co codamol for my pain I used this as well to help relieve the pain. I found later that day the reason for my pain was because I had an abcess.
So I undid the top and there is no dropped with this which makes it slightly difficult so I just had to get a small piece of cotton wool and hold the bottle on top of the cotton wool and tip it up twice to release some clove oil. Now I love the smell of clove oil as its lovely and very strong but I must admit I was a bit wary if putting it in my mouth lol
So I proceded to rub it on gently on my affected tooth and instantly I could feel the immediate relief as the clove oil got to work and started to gently numb my gum area where the pain was and it felt wonderful, like I had just had an anesthetic.
Just be careful you dont put to much on the cotton wool like I did and some of the clove oil run down my tounge and I swallowed some EURGH!!! I wont be doing that again lol it numbed my tounge and made my eyes stream with water and started to burn my throat...this was a mild burning but certainly enough to make my mouth water and sylivia just started coming out my mouth...so I strongly advise you to be careful on the amount you administor.
In the end I felt it to be easier to leave the cotton wool inbetween my tooth and mouth so it could stay in there itself without me holding it and I did this for a good half an hour and it actually got rid of my toothache totally for about an hour and half!! result!!!
Of course this is with taking painkillers but as we all know painkillers wear off quick when dental pain is present so this is a good inbetween remedy when your waiting for the 4 hours to be up to take some more tablets lol, and because this is instant its brilliant.
I also find the best thing at night as I take the bottle to bed with me and put it on my bedside table and a small piece of cotton wool incase the toothache wakes me up in the night I just reach for the clove oil and get instant relief so I can get back to sleep without having to get out of bed and search for tablets. The plus side is that this is natural and i prefer this as im not keen on popping loads of pills.
the smell lasts for ages and lingers in your home and everything you touch but i dont think its a bad thing as the smell is so nice, it reminds me of them lovely glade plug in freshners lol and christmas time.
It is a strong taste and lovely if you like clove and dont put to much on.
Depending of course on how much you use this that will depend on how long it lasts, as its only 10ml it wont last very long, I would say if you use it 3 times in a day it would last for about a week.
You will find this in pharmcies and local supermarkets which have a pharmacy counter at varies different prices.
I would definatly reccomend this little miracle for others and go as far as to say its a must for toothache when you can reach a dentist quick enough.
I have to give this little beauty 5 stars as its perfect in every way.
I discovered the wonders of Clove Oil three years ago. I have had problems with my wisdom teeth in the past, so when the familiar throbbing started in my jaw I knew exactly what the problem was. It was complicated this time however as I was pregnant with my daughter, I'd usually be referred to the dental hospital for the offending tooth to be whipped out but due to the late stage of my pregnancy this wasn't possible.
My dentist was at a loss about what he could do, the pain I was in was awful so he suggested using Clove Oil (in conjunction with pain killers) in an attempt to get me as comfortable as possible until I could get the tooth taken out.
Clove Oil comes in a very small bottle of usually around 20ml, the cost will vary from 99p to anywhere up to £4 or £5 depending on where you purchase the oil from. I tend to buy it for around the £1.79 mark from my local pharmacy but it's also available from supermarkets, Boots and even Poundland.
What you get for your money is a small glass bottle which will usually have some sort of dropper attached to the top. If you buy particularly cheap Clove Oil there may not be a dropper, this could be a problem as this oil is extremely strong and you really only need at most two or three drops to treat a toothache.
Clove Oil does have other uses, but I have only ever used it on my teeth. At the very first twinge of pain I place a couple of drops on a cotton wool ball and press it against the affected tooth. The pain lessens immediately and although the Clove Oil doesn't completely get rid of the toothache, it does help to an amazing extent.
One thing to mention here is that Clove Oil has a disgusting 'burning' taste, this is bearable when applied to my tooth but a vile nightmare if even a smudge of oil gets on the surrounding skin. It feels as though it's burning and gives me an overwhelming urge to spit, and these effects are amplified a zillion times if you get the oil on your tongue anywhere near your tastebuds!
I've just had a mooch around Wiki and there are lots of other ways you can use your Clove Oil. A few drops in an oil burner will freshen your home and help to eradicate the smell of dog/cat, warmed up and dropped into the ear will put a stop to the misery of earache and you can even use it to euthanise fish. If the mood takes you!
It is my opinion that one of those "must have" items for first aid and treating pain at home is a bottle of clove oil. It was something that my mum introduced me to as a young adult when I was suffering from a particularly nasty bout of tooth ache and since then if toothache flares up badly for me I will always reach for the bottle of clove oil.
Clove oil is widely available from chemists and will cost you around £2.50 for a small 10ml bottle. A bottle will last a very long time so the price is pretty reasonable in that sense. It comes in a small brown bottle which does look very medicinal and it has a white child proof lid. I like the fact that the lid is child proof as I would not like my son to get hold of this one at all.
Now as I mentioned clove oil is best known for being able to help out with toothache. This is because it is a natural analgesic and it is also antiseptic making it an ideal choice for when you are experiencing some toothache.
To use the product you should first remove the lid of the small bottle. The first thing you will notice is the very strong smell that comes from the oil as it is literally that dentist smell that you can always smell when you walk into a dentists waiting room! It is not a pleasant smell at all and so you may feel like you don't want to apply it to your tooth but it really is worth it. When I have to use this product I always make sure that I brush my teeth before use and then simply dip a cotton bud into the liquid and then apply the bud to the area which is sore on my tooth. I apply a little pressure when doing this but only because that seems to help me with the pain and I will hold the cotton bud there for as long as I can manage before removing it. You will find that yes the taste is not pleasant at all but that the oil really does work in easing some of the pain from the toothache in a short space of time. I personally find that it is best used alongside other forms of pain relief such as paracetamol for maximum effectiveness. When applying the clove oil it is important that you try to avoid the skin and gums as the product should not really be ingested and it tastes vile anyway! I have managed to get it on my tongue a couple of times and found that my tongue begins to feel numb!
Of course if you have toothache it is a sign that there is something more serious going on with your teeth and so it would be wise to see a dentist if you can at your earliest convenience however as a temporary measure clove oil really is very effective in helping with toothache and is certainly worth a couple of pounds to have in just in case toothache strikes in the middle of the night or something!
There are a few words of caution with this product and you should not use it if you are pregnant or breast feeding and you should also avoid it if you have diabetes, any liver problems or kidney disease. The product is also not really suitable for children to use.
Thank you for reading my review!
Even though it isn't my favourite way to pass the time, I visit the dentist every year for a check up and I have any treatment that is deemed necessary.
Even so I occasionally have toothache and that is when I reach for the clove oil.
My little bottle of clove oil is one of the things that I always keep in my first aid kit alongside the plasters, paracetamol, Lemsip, Savlon and Strepsils to name but a few.
A little bottle of clove oil containing 10ml of this magic liquid will cost you just £2.66 in Boots. The bottle itself is made from brown glass with a basic label giving instructions for use.
Clove oil also known as oil of cloves is the essential oil derived from the clove plant - bet you hadn't seen that coming! It is a natural analgesic and antiseptic which is why is such a good remedy for toothache.
When I do have toothache I dip a cotton bud in the clear clove oil and apply it directly to the offending tooth giving me almost instant relief from the pain. I am not saying that the pain completely disappears but the clove oil does help quite dramatically.
The idea is that this should be applied directly to the tooth and contact with the gum and skin should be avoided as much as possible.
It is worth mentioning at this point that this must not be used if you are pregnant.
Although it is recommended for us in the mouth clove oil is actually poisonous in quantity so you need to avoid swallowing any of the liquid if possible. It should only be used in emergencies until you can get and appointment at the dentist - don't use it on a regular basis as an alternative to dental treatment!
Well I accept that this is a short review but there really isn't any more to say on the subject apart from, in my opinion, a bottle of clove oil is a must have in the first aid kit!
I have used clove oil to help with tooth problems and it was a help to me, but it didn't work as well as I wanted it to.
I got my clove oil from boots and paid £2.60 for a small brown bottle with 10mls of the clove oil inside it. It was the boots own one because I wasn't fussed with getting a fancy branded one. The label said it was a boots pharmaceuticals clove oil.
The label also said it was for dental use which made me think I had picked the right thing. All that was in my bottle of clove oil was the pure clove oil and nothing else, no additives or extra ingredients.
I used a bit of the clove oil on my finger and put it next to the tooth that was playing up. The first bit didn't work very well and I had to put a bit more on my finger and do it again. I thought that the next time I would try it on an ear bud and put that against my tooth as it might be better.
When I tried to put the clove oil on the ear bud and do it that way I think it worked a bit better for me. The time when I used my finger I got some oil on my gums and that made them burn and go a funny paler colour. When I used the clove oil on the ear bud and put it on that way, that didn't happen.
The boots clove oil has a very weird taste and I didn't like it too much. If I put too much on it made me feel a bit sick. I think that it did work to numb my tooth pain, but not for long enough. I soon had to put more on and I was finding it didn't work as well as I wanted it to.
I was told by a friend that I could have mixed the clove oil with olive oil and then put it on a cotton wool ball and used that to bite on to get the clove oil to work that way. I didn't try it, but at least I know it was a possibility. Luckily my tooth ache didn't last very long, but if I get one again I will remember to try that out.
I think clove oil has its uses but it was not the best thing for me. If I had tried it with the olive oil it might have been better. I would recommend it if you know it has already worked for you and you don't mind the taste of it.
It was on one of my weekly telephone conversations with my Dad that I was telling him about my raging toothache. I had been using Bonjela in an attempt to relieve the pain, but any pain relief was only transitory and it kept coming back. He told me about Clove Oil and recommended that I try it.
I had only ever encountered the clove taste twice before - in apple pies and as clove balls, a sweet I remember eating as a child and which I rediscovered just the other day in a little sweet shop that sold all the old favourites from my youth.
Anyway, always doing as my Dad tells me, I bought some clove oil on the Monday from the local chemists. It was only around £1.50. You just dab it on with a cotton wool pad or bud and hold it for a while like a compress on the area where you are suffering the pain. It takes only about a minute before the pain starts to go.
Clove Oil is extracted from the leaves and unopened flower buds of the clove tree and as a natural product has been used as an analgesic for generations.
The taste is very strong - too strong to be particularly pleasant even though I like the taste.
I was able to get an appointment with the dentist on the Wednesday, where he drilled and filled. I was speaking to him about clove oil and he said he had used it before he became a dentist. According to him, it's perfectly safe to use to get you by until you can get to a dentist, but of course it will only provide temporary relief and is no substitute for professional dental care - well, he would say that, wouldn't he?
This has proven to be a handy stand-by and I would recommend it for the relief of tooth pain.
yes i suppose we all know by now that clove oil is great for sore gums/teeth/nerves, quote: ''Cloves are used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese medicine, and western herbalism and dentistry, where the essential oil is used as an anodyne (painkiller) for dental emergencies.''
but back in the day and perhaps for some people today the use of clove oil had or still has many uses.
for example I've read that clove in a spiritual sense was used to protect children (for example apply some diluted oil to the skin , the warmth perhaps gives a sense of safety while the scent could protect them against negativity, clove oil was also used for exorcisms,and to purify.
But clove bud essential oil irritates the skin easily so make sure you dilute the oil if your thinking of applying it to your skin.
Topical application of clove oil over the stomach or abdomen is said to warm the digestive tract,so it stimulates the persons innards to help them better digest.
Clove oil is used in various skin disorders like acne, pimples etc because of its antimicrobial and antifungal properties (obviously they would dilute the oil before apply to the pimple or spot or infected area before applying.
also its use to treat warts, scars and rid of parasites.
Clove oil is also used in the polishing, cleaning, and maintenance of Japanese swords But Pure Oil But very a small amount of clove oil, and pure oil must never be used directly onto the sword (so its obviously diluted or mixed with a different substance before they start the application)
''Clove oil is considered safe in very small quantities,However, clove oil is toxic to human cells,if ingested in sufficient quantity or injected, it has been shown to cause life-threatening complications, including acute respiratory distress syndrome, fulminant hepatic (liver) failure, and central nervous system depression...''-wiki
but really who would over use it?, its very unlikely that someone would over dose on it,as its clearly potent, i dont think anyone would think they would need to use too much for whatever they need it for anyway.
i also DONT recommend you ingest clove oil even if its diluted as i think it would cause acid reflux or inflame your stomach...although i have never tried it , knowing how strong the oil is i would avoid drinking it even if diluted.. i read that west Africans use oil infused in water as a treatment for stomach upsets, vomiting and diarrhea..but i dont know, maybe it would be okay if you knew how much oil and how much water you needed to add to make it safe to ingest , then perhaps then it would be okay to do so..but if you don't know then don't do it.
Overall: i think clove oil has been very useful for me, but of course its also a very strong oil and if you spill it on sensitive skin with out diluting it , it can cause irritation...i still use it even though this has a bit of a down side because i know i wont use it in the wrong way.
but if you don't feel confident with this oil then maybe you should look into it more, or just try something different...as i''m sure there are other oils that could have the same effect but have less disadvantages..
in the end its all about trying things and seeing what works best for you. so i do recommend at least trying it.
Ages ago when I had a toothache or my gums were hurting or something like that the mother of one of my friends suggested that I sucked on a clove and she gave me one or two and although I was sceptical, it did work fairly well.
Then a while ago my tooth was really hurting on and off, I was scheduled to have root canal as it was too far gone to fill it but I had to wait for a couple of weeks for the procedure. I can remember being at work one morning and it was hurting and aching particularly badly, I honestly didn't know how I was going to get through the day as it was incessant and there was no relief. It was very uncomfortable and I thought even if I went home I would still be in incredible pain.
A colleague of mine suggested that I should go and buy some clove oil and I remembered that it had been reasonably successful when I had used cloves before. I went to Waitrose which is near to my work place and I found a tube of clove oil gel, it wasn't that expensive maybe about three or four pounds.
I took the product back to work and desperately squeezed the gel on to my finger and then rubbed it on to the affected tooth and gum. I cannot describe how brilliant this was and the effect was almost instantaneous, the rotten area was numbed and I must have been rather overzealous as my lips became a bit numb as well. I didn't mind though as I was in a state of bliss compared to how I felt previously and I couldn't stop raving about how good this gel was to everyone. Another plus was that I can't remember there being a really awful taste accompanying it.
I don't think there would be a lot of difference between brands of clove oil gel but if you have tooth ache I can't recommend using one enough, I don't know how I would have coped that day without it.
Clove oil is an essential oil from the clove plant Syzygium aromaticum. It is a natural analgaesic used primarily in dentistry for its active ingredient eugenol. It can also be purchased in pharmacies over the counter, as a home remedy for dental pain relief, mainly toothache; it is also often found in the aromatherapy section of health food stores. The oil produced by cloves can be used in many things from flavouring medicine to remedies for bronchitis, the common cold, a cough, fever, sore throat and tending to infections.