Clove Toothache Compress for Pain Relief

A toothache is a dreadful thing that sends a lot of people running straight to the dentist. Unfortunately they have a nasty habit of striking in the night, thanks to changes in blood flow, and when the dentist’s office is closed. Or, you simply can’t make it to a dentist. Either way, cloves make an incredible (and inexpensive) home remedy for toothaches. Long before we had the dental care we have today, dentists used cloves to help pain because they contain eugenol, a powerful anesthetic and antiseptic that stops pain in its tracks and wipes out germs. Eugenol remains popular and effective even now, and is still used by dentists today in a purified form that separates it from the essential oil.

Clove Compress Remedy for a Toothache- use this simple & effective natural remedy to get rid of your toothache pain.

There are 3 forms in which you can use cloves to numb your aching nerve: Ground or powdered, whole cloves, or clove oil. A clove oil compress seems to work the best, especially if you’re too sore to put whole ones in your mouth.

clove essential oil

Ground: This is something that a lot of people have in their kitchen. First, rinse your mouth with warm salt water and wash your hands. Take a pinch of the ground cloves and apply it between the gum that is sore and your cheek. Your spit does the trick now, just wait while it mixes with the powder. The pain should subside rather quickly.

ground cloves

Whole: Rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Take 2 or 3 cloves and hold them in your mouth as close to the sore area as possible, and wait a few minutes until they start to soften. When they do get softer chew them lightly to release more of the oils, if you’re not too sore.

whole cloves

Clove Oil Toothache Compress

Probably the most effective way to use to clove to help your toothache is to make a compress.

You will need…

-Clove essential oil
-Cotton balls
-1/2 teaspoon of olive oil
-Cotton swabs (optional)

toothache compress


Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to get it nicely flushed out. By doing this beforehand, you’re allowing the oil to do its job the very best it can since there’s nothing to block it or make it hard to sink down into the sore spot.

dip in the olive oil

Mix a few drops of clove essential oil with ½ teaspoon of olive oil. Thoroughly soak a cotton ball in this mixture and then hold it gently but firmly against the sore tooth or gum. If you wanted to take a shortcut, you could try putting some of the oil on a cotton swab and dabbing it directly where it hurts, however, jabbing a cotton swab onto a hurting tooth or gum may not be too comfortable.

Keep in mind that this is just a solution to get rid of the pain, not something that will cure whatever is making your tooth hurt. Brushing and flossing regularly and eating less processed sugary/salty foods can help prevent toothaches in the long run as well.

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  1. Lisa Horan says:

    I use Frankincense oil and just rub it on the affected area.

  2. Gestur says:

    I use 10-12 drops tea tree oil in and 8 ounc glass of water and swish with it 3 times a day until the swelling or what ever is causing the pain subsides it useually only takes one time of swishing a full glass of it to notice the effects and my refrence for this treament came in a book i got with a 100ml bottle of tea tree oil its called (handy, healing tea tree oil)-by Dr. Joyce Tellier Johnson–and was compliments of
    it works wonders because it dose not just cover the pain it helps fight any infection in the gums and teeth just don’t swallow and and it works fine in my testing of it

  3. Mari says:

    You can’t use the Now brand internally so I don’t recommend putting it in your mouth!

    • Lauren says:

      Actually, the NOW website recommends diluting w/ another oil when using in a manner other than aromatherapy. Which is what she did.

  4. suzanne says:

    I had an extremely painful toothache and of course it began on a Friday night when no dentists in my area are open until Monday morning. My face swelled up to double it’s size on the side of the bad tooth and I was miserable. I warmed a 1/2 cup of water in the microwave, hot enough to feel the heat but not hot enough to burn me. I then added 1 tbls of ground cloves and 1tbls of sea salt and stirred. Taking a spoon I began putting 1 spoonful in to my mouth and swishing it around the painful area. I would swish until that liquid began to cool off. Then continued with another and another the same way until most of the cup was gone. It took the pain away each time I did this, approx. every couple of hours, where I had no problems waiting until I could see my dentist Monday morning. I tell you, it works and it is a life saver! I haven’t tried the clove oil since I did not have any but if this happens to me ever again, I will try the oil first. I wouldn’t have believed how well the mixture of ground cloves, sea salt and hot water worked if I hadn’t have done this. I was amazed and lived through that weekend!

  5. Mags says:

    I have had a root canal treatment over 30yrs ago, & a Crown & up until last week I had never a problem but then my gums got inflamed when? Of course the week-end :) so I went to the Dentist on Monday & was put on a course if anti-biotics where they took down some of the inflammation it left a little inflamed lump in front of tooth. I got Clive oil yesterday at chemist & applied it. It’s still iffy but there is some improvement. I am going to try the gargle with sea salty water & will update how it’s going. Glad I came across the site, but then my philosophy is it found me when I needed it :)

  6. Alma says:

    I’ve used chamomile tea bags, just moisten with warm water and apply to affected tooth. It works well and it inexpensive.

  7. Tina says:

    My gf had this enouing toothache and we used the powder clove. It helped within minutes. I kind of remember my father was making this solution with alcohol, oil and clove and I am glad this website reminded me of such an easy home remedy. I hope my love will sleep well tonight! And we’ll definitely go to the dentist, preferably tomorrow :) Thanks again!

  8. Rozz says:

    I use coconut oil for oil pulling (about 20 min), then I chew on a whole clove. I used to add one drop of clove oil to my toothbrush each morning if/when I felt sensitive areas; however, I was reminded that NOW brand is not to be consumed, so I just stick w chewing organic cloves from Thanks for this great site! :-D

  9. jill says:

    Sensodyne tooth paste 2 x a day Coconut oil pulling works great.
    Save or borrow money to go to a dentist if you don’t have one. No need to suffer too long and have moreissues if you wait to long.

  10. Julie says:

    Last night I had terrible pain after an extraction. I used fresh ground clove powder, 1 tablespoon, mixed with 2 tablespoons Bentonite clay and made a poultice dressing using gauze. Covered sore area. Made a fresh batch every 2 hours. 90 to 100 percent relief.

  11. Charlie Denton says:

    Ginger is an old favorite. Peel it and place it next to the pain. Then gently bite into it.

    You must though visit the dentist ASAP, even if the pain has gone.

  12. aziz says:

    want to buy Clove oil 100% pure kindly give price and also send coa

  13. joe smo says:

    my wisdom tooth hurts wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  14. tina says:

    cloves nor clove oil works have tried both and then i went to the dentist had the freakin tooth pulled

  15. a suffering woman no more says:

    My business is working with essential oils to make bath and beauty products, Naturally. I can tell you this, I too had suffering in the mouth…TONIGHT…lol…I ran out of my Clove oil, and so placed a bit of coconut oil in my mouth along with a few whole cloves. It literally took just a minute or two to get relief. Biting gently down on the Clove after it softens a bit, for sure helps so much more than not. You can even bite down a bit on the NON sore side of your mouth. With the oil of Coconut in my mouth already, it work like a transporter and takes that little bit of oil secreted from the clove, and circulates all around your mouth. I am sure if you don’t have coconut oil you can use olive oil or other, I have not tried doing this with just spit as others have done. Anyway, if YOU or someone you know is hurting, get them some cloves or clove oil and start feeling better ASAP! Hey, if you have nothing better to do, leave the cloves sitting between your gum and check for as long as you can. Its a lot better than being in pain. oh….I feel SO MUCH better now. My current dentist cant get me in for 2 full weeks….yikes!! so, my family will be travelling a 100 miles tomorrow to get to a good dentist. I live in North Dakota, and dentists are limited. The Drive should be nice too. Oh, ps…I prayed too along with my husband for the pain relief…Prayer helps and I give the Glory to God for my Relief and my Healing :-)

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