TOOTH-ACHE AND AROMATHERAPY

800px-ClovesI was called by a friend of mine today, she was suffering from bad pain in her mouth after a tooth-operation. The doctor wanted to give her antibiotics and she was not happy with the idea so she called me.

Now first of all I am sceptical about the antibiotics-bit since she doesn’t appear to have an infection. The operation-site has become inflamed; red, swollen and painful to the touch, I think that to use antibiotics is to overkill, better to save that for real heavy-duty infections. She took painkillers which helped momentary, but each time they wore off she was in so much pain.

My aromatherapy treatment:

  • I mixed 10 drops of essential oil of Cloves (Eugenia caraphyllata or syzygium aromaticum) with 30 drops essential oil of Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) in a small bottle.
  • Vegetable oil blend: In a 30ml bottle I mixed Calendula- and carrot-macerations with Jojobaoil.

Instructions:

  1. 1 drop neat of the essential oil blend on a moist q-tip and dab onto sore spot / tooth in mouth. This helps to anaesthetize the pain and has an antibiotic effect.
  2. 2 drops of the essential oil blend in 1/2 glass of luke-warm water and gurgle for at least 1-3 min. Spit out.
  3. 3-5 drops of the essential oil blend in 5ml (1 teaspoon) of the vegetable oil blend and massage onto the cheek. If you suffer from sensitive skin, use only 1-3 drops.

For the first 1-3 days – the acute phase – this can be done every hour. After that administer the treatment 3-5 times/day or as needed.

CAUTION: Essential oil of Cloves should be used with care and never undiluted. It contains 60-90 % eugenol which is a powerful skin-irritant. This is why I blend it with Tea tree for spot treatment in the mouth, and vegetable oil for use on the skin.

Cloves has a long history of use in dentistry.

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