National Toothache Day

National Toothache Day

By Kate Beddow – Growing Spirits

Of all the awareness days, National Toothache Day 2014 has to be the one that makes me wince : there is no ache like toothache, is there? Kate invited me to share natural remedies for toothache pain, specifically those using therapeutic* essential oils. Toothache pain can including teething pain, pain that needs attending to by a friendly dentist, abscesses and teeth-grinding. Yeow!

So what exactly is toothache? That’s easy: any pain that is connected with the teeth, gums and jaw. What is not so easy to answer is what is causing the toothache (pain) or how to survive with the pain before you can get to see a dentist.

Old wives tales are full of wisdom : who hasn’t used cloves from the back of your kitchen spice cupboard (yes, those ones that are about ten years out of date!), or clove oil from the local chemist/pharmacy in attempt to alleviate the mind-bending pain of dodgy teeth and gums?

Here are a few of our favourite ways – yes, tried and tested! – to help combat toothache in its disguises, and also offer you a few simple suggestions for keeping in your natural medicine cabinet at home.

Your Average Toothache

You know the pain: it’s the kind which pushes you from “Oh. I’m due a regular check-up at the dentist and hygienist, but I’m just too busy” to “Ouch, that ice-cream was freezing cold” to finally, “OMG, I need to hit the wall with my head … where’s the emergency dentist number? … where’s the ibuprofen tablets?”.

Recommended essential oils:  Clove, OnGuard® blend (I also highly recommend the OnGuard toothpaste to help reduce sensitivity)

Additional essential oils to consider: Birch, Cinnamon, Lemon, Melaleuca and Peppermint

Pain relief: 1-2 drops each Clove and OnGuard® to sore area, as required (please dilute in a good quality carrier oil – such as olive oil or fractionated coconut oil – for children)

Clove essential oil can also be rubbed directly on to the painful tooth and gum area for immediate relief (adults only).

Teething Pain (up to age of 5)

Recommended essential oils: Roman Chamomile, Clove

Additional essential oils to consider: Balance blend, Lavender, Peppermint (fever)

Pain relief: 2 drops Roman Chamomile in 5ml teaspoon of good quality carrier oil (such as olive oil or fractionated coconut oil), and applied as often as required. For older babies (18 months+), you may like to blend 3 drops Roman Chamomile, 1 drop Clove in 5ml teaspoon of good quality carrier oil and apply as often as required.

Gum Complaints

Recommended essential oils:  Clove, Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca, Myrrh, OnGuard® blend (I also highly recommend the OnGuard toothpaste to help reduce sensitivity)

Additional essential oils to consider: Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Rosemary

Pain relief: 1-2 drops Clove applied topically (directly) to the painful area of the gum, tooth, or cheek : this will give a natural numbing effect (please see ‘Teething’ for children under the age of 5)

You may also like to make your own natural mouthwash if you have an ulcer or a simple sore: 200ml water, 3 drops of Clove, 2 drop of Lavender or Melaleuca essential oils and swish around the mouth, 3 times a day

If you feel as if a hamster has made it’s nest in your mouth (!), the Peppermint beadlets are wonderful for cleansing the mouth and giving you super-sparkly breath.


If you have never had an abscess, then Congratulations! You are blessed with excellent oral health and must be a fervent 6-month dental-check-person. If you have had an abscess, well … you know the pain. Indescribable – at least in the Queen’s English.

Abscesses are (I believe) the result of an infection – bacterial, parasitical – or a foreign body lodged in oral cavities that kickstarts white blood cell production, as your body naturally tries to protect itself. An accumulation of white blood cells, plus other materials, will eventually develop into pus and this, along with the soreness, forms an abscess.

Recommended Essential Oils:  Clove, Frankincense, Lavender, Melaleuca, On Guard®, Roman Chamomile

Pain relief: For abscesses, you really DO have to visit your dentist, who may need to prescribe antibiotic medication before they can carry out treatment on you. To help you get to the dentist in one piece, not totally crazed from the pain, you may find swishing your mouth 2-3 times a day helpful:  2 drops Clove, 2 drops Melaleuca, 1 drop Roman Chamomile in 10mls of olive oil or fractionated coconut oil. Inbetween regular swishes of this blend, you may also dab on 1 drop Clove essential oil when the pain kicks in. OnGuard® toothpaste is excellent for those with sensitive teeth.

Once you have received treatment from your dentist for the abscess, 2 drops Frankincense and 2 drops Melaleuca essential oil (10mls of olive oil or fractionated coconut oil will really help kickstart your body’s innate healing process.

I really hope this information will help you to deal with any occurrences of toothache that crop up in your family over the coming months and years, but do keep up the regular dental visits and if you choose to use the doTERRA OnGuard® toothpaste, do seek the advice of your friendly dentist for recommended flouride supplements to protect against tooth decay.

Natural Medicine Cabinet

  • doTERRA CPTG Clove essential oil: super-concentrated cloves (can also be used in cooking)
  • doTERRA CPTG OnGuard® essential oil, beadlets and toothpaste: immune-boosting and cleansing properties
  • doTERRA CPTG Peppermint essential oil and beadlets: superb cooling and sinus-busting properties
  • doTERRA CPTG Roman Chamomile essential oil : Mother Nature’s teething remedy for tiny tots

*  Note of caution: by the term ‘therapeutic essential oils, I refer to certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils (CPTG), such as doTERRA essential oils which are of an exceptionally high quality and purity. Please do not use any aromatherapy oils or essential oils internally unless you are 100% certain of their purity and therapeutic grading.

Kate’s doTERRA website


Callie Carling: a entrepreneur and business coach, Callie is dedicated to shifting health perceptions with essential oils, laughter yoga, writing and creativity. Founder of a pioneering wellbeing consultancy business shifting healthcare perceptions, specialising in the use of therapeutic essential oils and ‘changing healthcare 1 droplet at a time’, she teaches people living with health difficulties how to find strength in their shadow, and regain control of their authentic selves.

As a teacher, artful story-catcher and speaker, Callie accesses a wide variety of therapeutic interventions, techniques and tools to support, educate and enhance individual, community and corporate well-being. Her inclusive approach to stress-management and emotional well-being is derived from 15+ years experience within the training and holistic health fields. With 20+ years experience from executive level business support and her own successful VA/social media consultancy business, Callie specializes in training, implementing and promoting ethical business practices within natural health home-based business models.

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