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How to Make Clove Oil for Toothache

How to Make Clove Oil for Toothache

A study featured in The Journal of Dentistry in 2006 revealed that participants of a blind experiment found clove gel just as effective as benzocaine in treating dental pain. This is good news for those wanting a natural and inexpensive solution to an aching molar or incisor. However, this herbal alternative should only be a temporary fix for momentary relief when you're unable to see a dentist due to your schedule, location, or financial situation. If you want to learn how to make clove oil for toothache so you don't have to spend extra to buy it at a store, here are the steps that will show you how.

  1. Gather all the materials you need for this project: whole cloves, extra virgin olive oil, mortar and pestle, funnel, two glass containers for the clove oil, sieve, cheesecloth, measuring spoon, and a double boiler or a big and a small pot.

  2. Whole cloves are a better choice over ground cloves, which deteriorate more quickly and thus have less of the components that make cloves effective for toothache relief.

    Moreover, you can use safflower or sunflower oil if you don't like the taste of olive oil.

  3. Measure cloves according to the amount of oil you'll be using. Allow half a tablespoon per cup of extra virgin olive oil; this creates moderately strong oil. If you want it stronger, you can go up to 1 tablespoon of cloves per cup of oil.

  4. Wash, dry, and finally toast the cloves in a pan over medium flame so the volatile oils in the spice are more likely to diffuse when you mix it in oil later. Watch carefully and don't let the cloves burn.

  5. Put the toasted cloves in the mortar and tap on them lightly with the pestle until they crack. Transfer the cracked cloves to a glass bottle using a funnel to prevent spills. Then, pour in the oil into the bottle.

  6. Cover the bottle with aluminum foil, making sure the center is curved into the bottle so steam or oil won't escape during heating.

  7. Heat water in a double boiler or in a pot on medium heat. Put the bottle of oil containing the cracked cloves in the double boiler or in the water. Let the bottle heat up for about 45 minutes. The heat helps the cloves release its special compounds into the oil.

  8. Take the jar out of the double boiler or pot, replace the foil with a proper cap, and put it in a dry and secure place that is not exposed to direct sunlight. It must cool down to room temperature. Let it sit for about a week or longer if you want the clove oil to be stronger.

  9. Once the cloves have steeped to your satisfaction, strain the oil with a sieve or cheesecloth into another clean bottle to remove the broken pieces of cloves. Store the clove oil in a dry, cool place or in a refrigerator. Use this oil within a month.

To ensure that your clove oil extract is potent, each batch should be small enough to be consumed within a month. Later on, your knowledge and skill on how to make clove oil for toothache may improve, and you can introduce variations that make the process more effective and easier for you. Just make sure you don't use too much, as it may cause unpleasant side effects. A single dab on the aching tooth or gum should do it.


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