Do It Your self Herbal Medicine

PART 3. THE REMEDIES

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COMMON AILMENTS

TOOTHACHE

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There are a number of issues that can cause teeth to hurt, some dental (say, tooth decay, abscessed teeth, damaged fillings, or infected gums) and others lifestyle (stress-related clenching, for instance). Both types can cause pain and swelling and luckily, the pain can be treated with herbal remedies. Your dentist may offer additional treatments if your toothache is severe or lasts longer than two days. Earaches, fevers, jaw pain are signs to see a doctor stat.

Clove Rinse

YIELD: ABOUT 8 OUNCES
STORAGE: GLASS BOTTLE OR JAR
TIME: 2 MINUTES

Cloves numb pain quickly, easing tooth pain. If you have no clove essential oil on hand, you can tuck a whole clove into your mouth and hold it next to the sore tooth.

8 ounces unflavored vodka

½ teaspoon clove essential oil

1.In a glass bottle or jar, combine the vodka and clove essential oil.

2.Shake well to blend before each use.

3.Rinse your mouth with 1 teaspoon of the solution, focusing on the sore tooth.

4.Spit the solution out after rinsing for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

5.Use once or twice daily while suffering from a toothache. Store in a cool, dark place.

Lavender–Chamomile Compress

YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 20 MINUTES

Lavender and chamomile combine to ease pain and kill bacteria. You can use this treatment alone or alongside other remedies.

4 gauze squares

4 drops chamomile essential oil

3 drops lavender essential oil

1.Stack the gauze squares on top of one another.

2.Drip the essential oils onto the gauze.

3.Place the gauze onto the sore tooth.

4.Leave in place for 20 minutes.

5.Repeat twice daily.

Garlic Dental Compress

YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 15 MINUTES

Fresh garlic contains allicin, a powerful antibiotic compound that also numbs pain. While packing fresh garlic onto a sore tooth might not sound like the best idea, this is a time-honored treatment that works wonders for pain while killing bacteria.

1 fresh clove garlic, peeled

1 pinch fine sea salt

1.With a sharp knife, carve a u-shaped channel lengthwise through the garlic clove. Try to make the channel roughly the same width as the tooth area you plan to use it on.

2.Sprinkle the salt into the channel and allow it to sit for 1 to 2 minutes, to draw out the garlic’s juice.

3.Carefully position the garlic over the affected area and bite gently until you are certain the carved channel is in direct contact with the painful tooth.

4.Leave in place for at least 10 minutes, then discard. Do not eat or drink for at least 60 minutes.

5.Repeat this treatment as often as needed while waiting for your dental appointment.