Facts about Clove Oil – How to use clove oil for a toothache?

Clove oil is one of the essential oils obtained from a spice plant- clove. The botanical name of clove plant is Syzgium aromaticum. Oil of clove is prepared by steam distillation. The main compound present in a clove oil is eugenol which has a natural antiseptic, analgesic and antimicrobial effect.

What are the properties of clove oil (buds)?

The effectiveness of clove oil for toothache is due to the following properties-

  • Analgesic property– Clove oil has an analgesic effect. It acts a pain reliever/killer. This property is because of its component eugenol -it gives a soothing effect on a toothache.
  • Antimicrobial effect- Protects the teeth from harmful bacterial and fungal infections. Clove oil provides resistance to your teeth against bacterial infections, fungal infections and plague. Thus, reducing tooth decays and plagues.
  • Antifungal property– Protects teeth from any fungal infections and inhibits fungal growth too. Clove oil contains minerals and proteins which produces acids (emulsifying). These acids help you keep your teeth and gums clean, healthy and fresh.
  • Antirheumatic property- This helps your body to get rid of muscle, joints and body pains. Clove oil fight against the body’s catabolic reactions during the tooth pain.
  • Antiseptic property- The clove oil antiseptic property prevents the entry of bacterial infections and in case of the infection, it works to halt the progress of the infection. It helps to fight against antigens and foreign bodies.

Clove oil has a strong pungent smell. Oil of clove is of three types-

  • Clove bud/flower oil- clove flower or bud oil is obtained from the buds of the clove plant. It contains about 90% eugenol.
  • Oil from leaf- obtained from the leaves of the clove plant, contains about 88% eugenol.
  • Oil from clove stem- obtained from the stems of the clove plant, contains about 95% eugenol.

Clove oil for toothache-

Clove oil is an effective essential oil used for treating toothache. Clove oil from the flower buds is mainly used. The oil is obtained by distillation process. The herb contains a natural analgesic compound-eugenol. Eugenol is approved by the FDA to use as a local anesthesia. The oils are used directly on the affected tooth.

Dried clove buds are used at home to get rid of a tooth pain. The flower buds because of its strong spicy flavor can reduce the pain. Dried clove buds are grind, mixed with a little olive oil or water and this paste is applied directly on the affected tooth as fillings. This helps to allay the toothache. You can also mix a grinded clove powder with your toothpaste and use it to brush your teeth to alleviate your toothache.

How to use clove oil for toothache?

Clove oil can be applied directly on the toothache or dried clove buds are used to reduce toothache. Below is the easy step by step procedure-

  1. Take a clean piece of cotton swab or cotton balls. Dipped the cotton ball in a clove oil. Remove any excess oil.
  2. Then apply the soaked cotton ball directly on the toothache. Once the clove oil has entered the tooth, it will penetrate into the nerves. Soon the nerves will be numb by the clove oil. This will give you an instant relief from toothache.
  3. You may feel some hot sensations after applying clove oil on the tooth but this will not last long. Repeat the steps if the toothache starts again.


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