I hope you never need this remedy, but just in case you do, here it goes.
If you look up remedies for toothaches, most herb books say to chew on clove. When I was on my knees in pain from a failing tooth, cloves just did not quite cut it. I have several teeth that are compromised. I grew up eating lucky charms, pop tarts and frosted flakes for breakfast. By the time I was 10 years old, I had a mouth full of cavities. Every molar in my mouth was filled with mercury fillings.
In my twenty’s I learned about eating healthy and ditched the cereals and all kinds of other processed foods that I had eaten throughout my childhood. But you don’t get new teeth, the damage had been done. To this day I have trouble with my teeth and have to really take care of them.
Recently, one of my back molars failed. I woke up in the morning and could hardly get out of bed; my toothache was so bad! Later, when looking at the x-ray of the tooth, you could see that there was hardly any tooth left; it was mostly one giant filling! My poor tooth, it had been drilled out of my head before I was even a teenager.
I crawled downstairs and stuffed some cloves in my mouth; I waited awhile and was still in pain. My husband said he would go to the store and get me some over the counter pain medication, because I couldn’t get in to see the dentist until the following day.
I rarely take any kind of medications so when I agreed that he should go pick me up something from the pharmacy, that gives you an idea of just how desperate I was. While he was gone, ginger popped into my mind. I started thinking about the strong anti-inflammatory action of ginger and decided to just put a quarter sized piece of fresh ginger in my mouth. I bit into the fresh ginger root and stuffed it into the area of the throbbing tooth. Within two minutes, my pain was gone. Not just less, but gone!
The cloves had reduced my pain, but not gotten rid of it. The ginger took it away completely. Awesome. I never took the pain pills Michael brought home, but just replaced the fresh ginger root every couple of hours and it kept me pain free for the next 24 hours until I could get into the dentist.
Thank You Ginger!