How to make Clove Oil for Toothache

Toothache driving you crazy? Learn How To make Clove Oil for toothache at home, for some quick relief when you can’t get to the dentist! Here’s how I make mine…

Clove oil for toothache

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We’ve all had it! That horrific pain that starts with a tingle and quickly progresses to a pain you would happily sell your soul to get rid off! I have had 4 Children and I would rather endure each of their labours all over again….BACK TO BACK! Than the hours of Toothache I have experienced in my life! I mean, come on!…Nerves, in teeth ?! Whose bright idea was that ?! Thank god for modern dentistry and Clove Oil I say!

Not Just An Old Wives Tale!

Cloves have been used for centuries as a Toothache remedy! Back in ancient times cloves would be crushed and stuffed into the offending tooth or cavity! Today we have a much gentler approach… by infusing cloves and all their goodness into an oil we can apply clove oil directly without the need for any crushing and stuffing!

What Are Cloves ?

Cloves are the aromatic Flower buds of the the Clove Tree (Syzygium aromaticum). The clove Tree is native to the Maluku Islands in Indonesia and the cloves it provides are a commonly used culinary spice valuable for their subtle sweet taste and warming properties.

Cloves are most prevalent at Christmas Time, pairing wonderfully with other festive spices such as Ginger, Cinnamon and Nutmeg. Beyond food, Cloves are also a common ingredient in Soaps, Cosmetics and Toothpaste…But why Toothpaste? Why do we use Cloves in dental care?

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Why Do Cloves Work On Toothache?

Cloves are a wonderful natural resource! A Toothache Remedy from mother nature! Each one contains a strong anaesthetic known as Eugenol. Eugenol works as an antiseptic, numbing the nerve tissue around the tooth and dulling the pain, it also helps to fight any bacteria in the mouth that may cause further infections. One study even showed that clove oil killed three common types of bacteria, one being E. coli, a strain of bacteria that can cause food poisoning! Clove oil can also help to reduce swelling and irritation of the gums.

Dentist Recommended!

Don’t just take my word for it! Most Dentists are advocates for Clove Oil too. Cloves are often an ingredient in oral products such as mouthwashes that are recommended by Dentists. Additionally, some Dentists even mix clove Oil with Zinc Oxide when creating a temporary filling – The Clove Oil acts as a numbing agent for sensitive tooth nerves giving the patient some immediate relief.

*It’s important to note that clove oil is recommended for Adults, not children

So, we have established that Clove Oil is a good Egg! A valuable aid for Tooth tingles and mind numbing, climb the wall pain! But How do You Make It?…

What You’ll need

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How To Make Clove Oil For Toothache

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  • 1 Heaped Tsp of Cloves
  • 120 mls Olive Oil


  • Using a Pestle and Mortar or the back of a spoon simply crush the cloves a little with a tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Place the Crushed cloves and the rest of the olive oil in a jar
  • Stir well and screw on the lid
  • Leave to infuse for 1 week *** In a hurry? Toothache driving you crazy? Need a Quick Clove Oil recipe? – Crush a few cloves with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and dip a cotton bud in the oil and apply to the affected area- Bear in mind that it will be quite strong at this stage! -Though that’s probably what your hoping for!

How to make clove oil

  • After a week strain the olive oil through a cheesecloth or similar, separating the oil from the cloves
  • Store in a sterile Bottle or Jar

Clove oil for toothache recipe

3 Ways to Sterilise Jars and bottles

Boil– Fill a pan with cold water until the jars are covered. Bring to the boil, then continue to boil for 10 minutes, turn the heat off, then cover the pan to keep the jars warm until you are ready to fill them.

Dishwasher-Remove any rubber seals and lids, place on the dishwasher rack and run a hot wash. Do not put any cleaning solutions in your dishwasher. Time your dishwasher to finish when you’re ready to fill the jars.

Oven-Heat oven to 140C. Wash the jars in hot, soapy water, rinse well. Place the jars on a baking tray and put them in the oven to dry completely. If using Kilner type jars, boil the rubber seals, do not put them in the oven, the dry heat will damage them.

How to use clove oil for toothache

  • Use a cotton bud and dip it into the oil
  • Then simply press the Cotton Bud on to the gum/tooth area where the pain is radiating from
  • Leave it there for a few seconds for the numbing/ antiseptic effect to take hold

* Not suitable for teething babies or young children. It can be used on Older children but make sure to dilute the oil with water first, it will be too strong otherwise.

How Long will Clove Oil Keep?

Homemade Clove Oil will Keep for up to 1 year. Store in a cupboard or out of direct sunlight.

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