Dealing with a toothache can be excruciating, but natural remedies can provide much-needed relief. In this guide, we explore two effective and natural treatments to ease the pain and discomfort of a toothache. Learn how ingredients like cloves, garlic, and peppermint, as well as green papaya, can alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. Discover nature’s remedies to help you find comfort during those painful toothache moments.


Treatment #1:


  • Cloves: have natural analgesic properties that help numb the pain and reduce inflammation.
  • Garlic: contains allicin, which has antibacterial properties that help fight infection.
  • Peppermint: contains menthol, which provides a cooling sensation that helps relieve pain.

To make the recipe, follow these steps:

  1. Crush 2-3 cloves and 1-2 garlic cloves until they form a paste.
  2. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to the paste and mix well.
  3. Apply the paste directly onto the affected tooth and surrounding area.
  4. Leave the paste on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
  5. Repeat as needed for pain relief.

Treatment #2


  • Green papaya
  • Mortar and pestle (or food processor)


  1. Cut a small piece of green papaya, approximately 1-2 inches in size.
  2. Peel off the outer skin of the green papaya and discard it.
  3. Use a mortar and pestle (or food processor) to mash the green papaya until it becomes a smooth paste.
  4. Apply a small amount of the green papaya paste to the affected tooth or gum area.
  5. Allow the paste to sit for a few minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Urinary Infections

Herbs: Buchu (Barosma betulina), cornsilk (Zea mays), marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)

Remedy: Make an infusion with 5 g of each herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water. Divide into 4 doses and drink throughout the day.

Option: Substitute juniper (Juniperus communis) or goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea) for buchu.

Herb: Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Remedy: Make a decoction of the berries and drink 1 2/3–2 1/3 cups (450–600 ml) a day.
Tip: Cranberry juice may be substituted for bilberry decoction.


Herbs: Garlic (Allium sativum), echinacea (Echinacea spp.)

Remedy: Take either or both herbs in capsule or tablet form.

Note: Take in addition to other remedies.
Caution: Do not take juniper or buchu during pregnancy.


General Remedies
Herbs: St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), lavender (Lavandula officinalis), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)

Remedy: Apply neat St. John’s wort infused oil to painful areas, or add 20 drops each of clove and lavender essential oil to 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp (50 ml) of St. John’s wort infused oil and then apply every 2–3 hours as required.

Herb: Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

Remedy: Make an infusion with 25 g of herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water and bathe the affected area. Alternatively, dilute 20 drops of essential oil in 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp (50 ml) of carrier oil and gently massage into the painful area.

Caution: Do not use on children under 5.


Head Pain
Herb: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Remedy: Mix 1⁄2 tsp of powder with water to make a thick paste and apply to the head.


Herb: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Remedy: Chew a clove or rub 1–2 drops of neat essential oil onto the affected tooth 2–3 times a day for up to 3 days.

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