Home Remedies

Home Remedy For Toothache

Suffering with toothache? This article will give you more than one home remedy for toothache. I cover multiple ways to cure toothache herbally, naturally and quickly.

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Here’s the deal. You are already in pain with toothache and you need a herbal home remedy to cure it. Most sites will start off talking about the why and the science behind it without curing your pain. I’m going to give you the cure in the hopes that once you feel better, you’ll continue reading the reason why you could have toothache in the first place. So let’s get started!

Whole cloves, an awesome home remedy for toothache
Whole cloves, an awesome home remedy for toothache

1. Cloves

Not very nice tasting, in my opinion at least, but boy do they work! Clove is probably the most well known home remedy for toothache and has been used since ancient times.
There are a few options using cloves:

Clove Oil:

If you have clove oil (also knows as Oil of Cloves) in the house, place a few drops onto some cotton ball/cotton wool and place on the tooth that is causing the pain. Bite down on the oily pad and leave for at least 5 minutes. Make sure to read the label on the oil though as some essential oils are not for consumption.

Whole Cloves:

If you have whole cloves in the house, you’re in luck. You can take a whole clove, pop it in your mouth and soak in in your saliva until it softens a bit. When its soft enough, push it to your back teeth and chew to release the oils. These wonderful oils will slosh against the painful tooth and start to take away the pain. Once the clove is crushed, you can spit it out. Try not to grind it into bits as you will need to rinse your mouth out to get rid of them and thus removing the healing oil at the same time. Its better to just crush it enough to release the oil and stop there. You can repeat this as many times as you like in a day, starting over again when the oil wares off.

Ground Clove Pouch:

If you tooth is hurting too much for you to bite down on the whole cloves, you can make a pouch of ground cloves to overcomes this problem.
Here’s how:

You will need a small square of cheese cloth, muslin or something similar.
Put a teaspoon of ground cloves (or grind them yourself in a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder) into the center of the cloth of choice, hold up the corners and tie. You can also use an elastic band if you can’t tie it.
Place this bundle in your mouth and dampen with saliva before pressing it against the painful tooth. The oils will leak out and start to go to work on your tooth.
You could also use clean pantyhose/tights if you haven’t got anything else. Just cut off a section of leg, tie it up at the bottom, add the clove powder and then tie at the top. I know this idea isn’t for everyone but if you;re in that much pain, you will do anything to stop it.

Garlic, Whole cloves, a great home remedy for toothache and a staple of any herbalist
Garlic, Whole cloves, a great home remedy for toothache and a staple of any herbalist

2. Garlic

Ah garlic, our good ol’ friend! Garlic is practically a cure all for everything and you will see this wonderful plant featured a lot on this site.
Here’s how you can use it to stop toothache:

Garlic Paste:

Nice and easy. Take some garlic cloves, 1-2 depending on how much you can handle. Put them in a pestle and mortar or a small food processor. Add a pinch of salt. Some people add a teaspoon, some people add less. Grind this into a paste. If you have trouble grinding it, you can add a drop or two of oil. You can use olive, coconut or essential oils like clove (as mentioned above) or fennel.
You want the mixture to be sticky. So if the mixture is too wet, you can add more salt, some ground clove powder, cayenne or a little flour. If you go the cayenne route, use it very sparingly as it will irritate the gums.

Maybe you have garlic paste on hand, you can use that instead of grinding your own. You can also add a little ginger paste to this too, if you have it on hand as ginger will also help with the pain.

When you have your paste ready, press some against the tooth that is causing the pain. You can use a clean finger or cotton ball to apply it. If you use the cotton ball, you can do the same as before and gently bite down on it to push some of the paste into the tooth.
Leave for as long as you can and change it out when needed.

WARNING: Garlic and Ginger both have blood thinning properties. For this reason, you should be especially careful if you are taking chemical blood thinners or anticoagulants as they have been known to interact with some herbs.

Coconuts, the raw ingredient for coconut oil.

3. Coconut Oil

Oil Pulling:

If you have ever done oil pulling before, this solution should come as no surprise as it is one of the most common suggestions for natural toothache cures.
If you’ve never done it before, here’s how it works:

Take a 2 teaspoons to 1 table spoon of coconut oil. Put it in your mouth and when it melts to liquid form, swish it around your mouth like a mouth wash for at least 10 minutes. I personally recommend 20 minutes if you’ve never done it before as you will have a lot more junk to remove from your mouth.
I like to chew it up at first as it helps me to move my jaw, some people prefer to leave it to melt. Either way, DO NOT SWALLOW!
The oil will contain all the bacteria, old food and anything else nasty from your mouth. If you swallow, all of this will go straight to your gut and cause all kinds of stomach upset.

Oil Pulling With Flavor:

Now you know what oil pulling is and how to do it, how about adding some helpful flavors?
Using the coconut oil as a base oil, you can add a few drops of other essential oils (as long as they are safe for consumption) to the coconut oil to give it flavor while helping to stop the pain.

Oils you can use: Fennel, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Clove, Thyme and Cinnamon.
Add a few drops 2-4 to your coconut oil and then swish around your mouth. These oils are known to help with pain and infections so they are a good choice as a natural cure for toothache.
Just like with the warning above, please research the oil before using it to make sure your chemical medicines play nice with the natural ones. If in doubt after doing your research, talk to your local herbalist or your health care provider.

A picture of fresh thyme in a bundle

4. Thyme For Tea:

Thyme is a great herb to use for toothache and most people will have it in the kitchen already. Thyme is antiseptic, antibiotic and antiviral. If your tooth is causing pain because of bacteria, Thyme will sooth the area while killing the cause of the pain.
Here’s how:

You can get Thyme in teabags at some stores but I prefer to make my own tea from leaves. As most people will have a jar of dried leaves on hand, we’ll use those.
There are various ways to make the tea but you will want 1-2 teaspoons of herb per batch of tea. I use a teapot for herbal teas but its not a common thing to find in kitchens these days.

Teapot Method:

  • Add 1-2 teaspoons of dried Thyme to the teapot
  • Boil 3-4 cups of water or if you have a small teapot, use less water
  • Add water to the teapot
  • cover the teapot in a cozy or wrap towels around it and over it. The idea is to keep the heat in while the leaves steep
  • Steep for 10 minutes, the longer you leave it, the stronger the tea will be
  • Add honey to a mug. How much is up to your personal taste
  • Pour the tea through a strainer into the mug, stir and drink.
Warm herbal tea is another good home remedy for toothache

Saucepan Method:

For those of you without a teapot you will need to work with a saucepan instead.

  • Add 1-2 teaspoons of dried Thyme to the pan
  • Add 3-4 cups of water, cover with the lid and bring to a slow boil
  • Boil for a few minutes (2-4 would be fine, it doesn’t have to be exact)
  • When its boiled a while, turn off the heat and let the pan sit, still covered for 10 minutes
  • Add honey to a mug.
  • Pour the tea through a strainer into the mug, stir and drink. If you don’t have a strainer, you can use cheese cloth or the lid of the saucepan to hold back the herbs

Now a little addendum to this. If this is the first thing you are doing, swish the tea around your mouth but don’t swallow it. You want to wash the bacteria away from the tooth. The thyme and honey are great at killing germs but you don’t want to swallow a mouth full of bacteria. If you have already oil pulled or rinsed with salt water, you can swallow the tea. You want to drink it/swish it while it’s warm as the heat will help to soothe the area.

5. Other Things To Try:

There are other things that people have been using for years and I’ll list them here for the sake of completeness. I didn’t find many of these to be very effective though but with home remedies and holistic healing, each person is different and requires a different cure.
Try these and let me know in the comments if they worked for you or not.

Hot Cloth:

Simply heat up some cloth, you could use a t-shirt, a wash cloth, a dish towel, anything that you can heat up. Then put it in the dryer, lay it on the radiator (for those of you that have wall mounted radiators.. Looking at you, England) or give it a quick ironing. You want it to where you can handle it but not too cold.
Press it and hold it to the side of your face where the tooth hurts. Simple and does work for minor toothache but nothing much past that.


The majority of toothache is caused by food getting stuck between your teeth. Before it gets too painful, try flossing between the teeth that are causing the pain.
If you have one, you could also try using a water pick. Even just normal teeth brushing can help.

Salt Water:

Rinsing your mouth with salt water can help. It works like oil pulling by drawing out the particles and bacteria in your teeth while also being a disinfectant. Take a glass of warm water, add half a teaspoon of salt, stir to dissolve and then rinse your mouth out. Make sure to not swallow the water.


In my experience, these are the most effective herbal toothache cures using simple things that you will probably have at home already or will be easy to find in the store. If you’re in the southern USA, Publix stocks cloves and coconut oil. I think you should be able to pick everything up from Aldi and Walmart, too. For those in the UK, try Tesco or Morrisons. If all else fails, hit up Amazon.

The most effective and fast-acting home remedy for toothache has got to be cloves though. They work pretty fast and don’t give you that stoned feeling that some painkillers leave you with.
I hope you get some relief with these cures and if all else fails, the dentist is your next stop.

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