Toothache Home Remedies
for Natural Pain Relief

Use these toothache home remedies to relieve your pain the natural way and stop suffering fast.

7 essential toothache home remedies

1. Echinacea

Echinacea, also known as the “Toothache Plant,” is a traditional home remedy for toothache. It helps to combat infection in teeth and gums.

Look for a tincture made from Echinacea augustifolia, E. purpurpea, and/or E. pallida or a mixture of these.

Echinacea products vary in their effectiveness as toothache home remedies, depending on how reputable the manufacturer is. So when you buy this herb, look for a brand that’s known for quality, rather than buying the cheapest one you can find. did a study of Echinacea supplements and found that only 4 out of 11 products actually contained what was on the label and 10% had no Echinacea at all!

2. Organic cloves or clove oil

Clove is one of those toothache home remedies that’s been around for thousands of years. It’s a natural analgesic or pain killer.

Clove buds - a natural pain killer and traditional home remedy for toothache © Karen Alison

If you have a sore tooth, try chewing on an organic clove bud to release the analgesic into your mouth.

Or apply diluted organic clove oil to the sore area. It’s quite potent, so mix 2 or 3 drops with a tablespoon of olive oil before you put it in your mouth.

Don’t use it for infants – it’s strong stuff and could hurt them. (see the Warning about essential oils below.) Diluted clove oil is okay for children, with caution – test it on yourself before giving to your child and make sure they don’t swallow it.

For adults, you can decide if you want a stronger mixture, but start with 2-3 drops in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and test it on your gum and sore tooth before you increase the amount of clove oil.

More about cloves.

3. Oil of oregano, tea tree oil, neem oil

These oils are great to combat infection in teeth or gums. Whenever you have pain, there is inflammation. These oils will help with that because they are all anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.

They are also concentrated, powerful and quite strong-tasting, so I suggest you dilute them before you put them into your mouth. Wild oregano oil in particular can feel like it’s burning your mouth if you use it full-strength. (Yes, I found out the hard way!)

Mix a few drops of oregano or tea tree oil into a tablespoon of olive oil, then apply this blend to the sore tooth or gum. You can just rub it on with your finger.

If you’re okay with the taste of Neem oil (it’s quite a distinctive flavour) you can apply it directly to teeth and gums for relief.

Warning about essential oils:

Dr. Erika Krumbeck warns that essential oils are dangerous for infants and children as they have been known to cause seizures, act as neurotoxins and cause numerous health problems including chronic digestive upset, asthmatic symptoms, skin lesions and headaches.

Pregnant women should also be cautious because essential oils can cross the placental barrier and affect your fetus.

4. Oil pulling

The name “oil pulling” may sound a little odd, but this ancient Ayurvedic technique is very effective.

You put a couple of teaspoons of sesame or coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around your teeth for 20 minutes. This is a long time, so if you can’t continue for the full 20 minutes, just do it as long as you can. Even 5 minutes will help.

The oil pulls out the toxins in your mouth – hence the name, “oil pulling” – so don’t swallow it!

You can add a few drops of tea tree or oregano oil to increase the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect for an even more powerful home remedy for toothache.

When finished, spit the oil out into the garbage, not down your sink.

5. Water with sea salt

This is one of the simplest toothache home remedies, since all you need is some natural sea salt or Himalayan salt and warm water.

Mix the salt into the water until it’s completely dissolved and swish the mixture around your mouth for a minute or two. Repeat several times a day.

6. Jaw massage

This is one of those toothache home remedies I discovered through painful experience yet it can work surprisingly well!

If your tooth or teeth are sore, sometimes it's because you've been clenching or grinding them, especially if you’ve had too much caffeine. Your jaw muscles are powerful and they can become very tense.

Clenching and grinding are fairly common causes of tooth pain. The remedy is relaxation, not drilling!

Massage the place where your upper and lower jaws meet. Press firmly with your fingers or thumbs to help those muscles relax. Then massage all along your jaw and gums – especially near the sore tooth – to restore circulation and relaxation of the area.

If your hands are clean, you can put one or two fingers inside your mouth and massage your gums for added relief.

Then open your mouth wide as if you’re having a great big yawn or roaring like a lion, to help stretch the muscles out of the clenched position.

7. EFT Tapping

I don’t know about you, but the last time I had a sore tooth, all sorts of worst-case scenarios flashed through my mind… “OMG! What’s wrong? Will I have to go to the dentist? Am I going to need a root canal? Is it an abscess? Am I going to lose a tooth? How much will it cost?” and so on.

If that ever happens to you, you can do EFT Tapping to calm yourself down and neutralize these thoughts and emotions. It’s a lot easier to deal with the physical pain when you’re not freaking out.

EFT tapping calms stress and fear with toothache pain © Karen Alison

If you've never used EFT Tapping, it may seem like one of the more unusual toothache home remedies, but it's a very handy skill to have in your home remedy tool bag.

There are two ways you can use it to feel better...

First, you can tap to relieve the physical pain.

Second, a sore tooth creates a lot of stress and fear. When you calm those anxiety-producing emotions with tapping, it often helps to reduce the physical pain.

Read more about how to use EFT Tapping for toothache.

Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.”
C.S. Lewis

Willow bark – natural “aspirin”
for pain relief

Willow bark is an ancient natural remedy known for centuries as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever.

It contains salicin, which is similar to the acetylsalicylic acid in aspirin, as well as flavonoids – strong plant-based anti-inflammatories. The University of Maryland says that willow bark may not act quite as fast as aspirin, “but its effects may last longer.” Also, it seems to require a smaller dosage.

However, if you are sensitive to aspirin or salicylates, or you take medications that don’t combine with aspirin, do not take willow bark as one of your toothache home remedies without consulting a health care practitioner. Click here to read more about willow bark and its precautions.

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