Using Clove Oil for Toothache - truthpaste
January 25, 2021

Using Clove Oil for Toothache

By Marisa Battrick

If you have ever suffered from toothache then you may know how intense and excruciating the pain can be. It can affect every aspect of your day-to-day life. In severe cases it’s hard to function. 

If you’re familiar with Truthpaste, then you may well be familiar with how a toothache led Marisa to develop our natural toothpastes.

Dental appointments are not always so easy to just drop into. The chances are that if you're suffering from toothache, you're online now searching the internet for remedies. If you're in pain right now, read on. But please do try and get that dental appointment!

Is Clove oil good for tooth pain?

Using clove oil to soothe tooth pain is an old wives remedy that is happily backed up by science.

The active agent in Clove oil is Eugenol; natures very own anaesthetic. Not only does it numb pain but reduces inflammation and has the added bonus of its antibacterial properties.

Clove is wonderfully effective at easing toothache. It's also readily available in some form in most pharmacies or health food shops!

What is clove oil?

Cloves are the aromatic flower buds of a tree called Syzygium aromaticum, which is native to Indonesian Islands. Cloves are used as a spice to flavour anything from drinks, to deserts, to savoury dishes.

It’s strange to think that something you would find in almost any kitchen cupboard was once worth its weight in gold!

Our ancestors were unlikely to have known the science, but the health benefits of clove oil were well known to them. Cloves have been used medicinally as far back as the third century!

What are the benefits of clove oil?

The benefits of Clove oil are numerous. It can be used to treat everything from athletes foot to respiratory issues.

In 2012, a study showed that Clove oil was effective in fighting dental erosion from acidic drinks, (in this case apple juice), thus fighting cavities.  Whilst in 2006, a study backed up the long-held belief that it is extremely useful in soothing pain


How to use Clove oil for toothache

Often people recommend applying a few drops of clove oil onto a cotton ball and dabbing it directly to the affected area. However, as with all essential oils, you should always avoid using it neat. Clove oil can cause irritation if you use it without diluting it first. Always dilute essential oils by mixing a few drops into a carrier oil such as olive oil or melted coconut oil.

Clove oil (or eugenol) can be found in over-the-counter toothache remedies, carefully formulated for safety.

If you are looking for immediate relief, the numbing effects of clove can be experienced almost instantly. You may feel it has helped reduce pain, reduced swelling, and provided relief, but it is important to visit your dentist to treat the underlying oral health concern.


Clove oil in Truthpaste

Whilst our ancient ancestors went to war with each other to get hold of this magical medicinal wonder spice, these days you can simply order Truthpaste online! 

Our organic certified Clove oil is responsibly farmed in Madagascar.  Of course, at Truthpaste, we also want to be sure that we are using the best quality essential oils with no impact on the surrounding environment. 

Truthpaste original also contains myrrh, peppermint, fennel, wintergreen and eucalyptus oils. All of which contain analgesic, or pain relief properties!

Hit the links below to give Truthpaste a try. 

truthpaste peppermint & wintergreen review: Best toothpaste I've ever used and recyclable! I've always had sensitive teeth and have some problematic back teeth due to my long term diabetes. But since using this toothpaste I don't have any nerve pain or sensitivity. Or any gum issues. Its a toothpaste I can really rely on, very grateful to have found this. I love that the packaging is reusable and recyclable too Whats not to love.




Jesudasan, J. S. et al. (2015) Effectiveness of 0.2% chlorhexidine gel and a eugenol-based paste on postoperative alveolar osteitis in patience having third molars extracted: a randomised controlled clinical trial. British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. V.53, Issue 9, pp826-830. 

Alqareer, A. et al. (2006). The effect of clove and benzocaine versus placebo as topical anesthetics. Journal of Dentistry.  

Marya, C.M et al. (2012)  In Vitro Inhibitory Effect of Clove Essential Oil and its Two Active Principles on Tooth Decalcification by Apple Juice. International Journal of Dentistry. 

Andaya, Leonard Y. (1993). "1: Cultural State Formation in Eastern Indonesia". In Reid, Anthony (ed.). Southeast Asia in the early modern era: trade, power, and belief. Cornell University Press.



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