Back in January this year, I had a killer toothache. You know the ones, the kind where you would do just about anything to make the pain go away. In my case, one of my top molars had given up the ghost and the nerve had died, which was causing excruciating pain, and giving me terrible headaches as well.
Now I found that antibiotics work in some cases, however if you want long lasting pain relief you either have to turn to something stronger that may make you very drowsy, or you can always give a few natural remedies a try to attempt to relieve the pain. So during my ordeal earlier on in the year I found two that worked during various stages of the pain.
On Sunday night I was nearly ready to get the pliers out of the tool box and extract it myself, Kim (my thoughtful wife) started searching the web for something more natural that would ease the pain. The painkillers were only working for a very limited time, and at about the 3 hour mark after taking them the pain came back stronger than ever.
She discovered a remedy where you cut a clove of garlic in half lengthways and press the cut side into crushed rock salt. You then place the garlic/salt mix on top of the affected tooth and gently press the juice out of the garlic for about 5-10 minutes. I was a bit sceptical at first, but after about 30 minutes the pain became less intense, and after about an hour it was just a dull throb, which I could handle. I applied this at about 2300, Sunday and it lasted until about 0700 Monday, at which time the pain came back stronger than ever. I tried the garlic/salt method again Monday morning, but it only worked for an hour or so and was then unbearable. So it was back on the painkillers for most of the day.
Tuesday morning, I took some my dad's advice. He remembered back to his youth where his mother (my grandmother) used to give him whole cloves and clove oil to ease the pain of toothache. Well I had some whole cloves and I was given a metal tea ball for Christmas, so I put about 10 whole cloves (the spice) into the ball, and infused them in boiling water for about 5 minutes. A weak clove tea with a teaspoon of sugar, helped relieve the mouth pain associated with the infection, and it provided a numbing relief for my entire mouth.
I then took out one of the cloves from the ball, which were now moist, and placed it on a tooth in front of the infected one and gently chewed it. In about 5 minutes my entire mouth went numb, like the feeling you get after a Novocain injection at the dentist. The pain went back to a dull throb again, and I managed to keep this up all day, putting in a fresh moist clove from the tea ball about once every two hours. A potent remedy if there ever was one! I used this remedy to good effect for four days until I managed to get in to see the Dentist to get the tooth extracted.
I am very impressed with these two natural medicines, and it make me think that there are so many more out there to be found. What other natural remedies do you use for aches and pains. We would love to hear about them here at the Co-op!