Fight Tooth Infections and Toothache with Thyme

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A toothache can be a big hassle in people's lives, and everyone may experience this problem, especially if he or she has not taken great care of his or her teeth from the very beginning. Most kids are told by their parents to always brush their teeth at least two times a day, to avoid tooth cavities that may result in toothache. However, many of them do not always heed their parents' advice, and when they grow older, they start to get toothaches. This is the time they would likely say to themselves, "It's too late! I wish I had heeded my mother's advice." But the truth is, there's still a solution to protect teeth from cavities and infection, which may result in toothaches. Interested? Continue reading to find out more:

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Thyme for toothaches and infections

Thyme is an aromatic bush with small leaves and is mostly used for cooking. In addition, it can also be used as herbal medication for treating tooth infections and toothaches. It functions as an antiseptic, which can eliminate and reduce toothaches and bacteria buildups in the mouth. Thyme is mainly used as antibacterial agents, because of its active constituents that could reduce unwanted bacteria in the body, including the mouth. Over the years, people have been using herbal medications in treating minor ailments and diseases, and it has proven to be more effective than modern medications in some ways. So, if ever you experience toothaches, or feel like you have an infection in your mouth, you may want to try thyme for treating it.

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Dried thyme as herbal tea

Many people use dried thyme as herbal tea.


They usually add one teaspoon of dried thyme into their cups or mugs and mix it with hot water plus honey to taste. Like every normal tea, they drink it twice or thrice a day. This way, they will be able to protect themselves from bacteria causing infection. You may also want to try this regimen to avoid getting tooth issues. If you do not want to use dried thyme, you may also want to try the ready-made ones, thyme tea bags, which can be bought at supermarkets. Did you know that some people gargle with thyme herbal tea? They claim that gargling with thyme tea is a lot more effective than sipping and drinking it. To do this, you just have to boil water, pour some hot water into the cup, add dried or fresh thyme into it, sit for few minutes to cool, separate the thyme using a sieve, and gargle. You may gargle with it as many times as you want.

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Fresh thyme leaves

Some tested chewing fresh thyme leaves to ward off possible tooth decay.

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However, this has to be chewed after taking meals. If taken before mealtime, one is likely to feel drowsiness, as the foods and herbs eaten are processed in the digestive system. This is not good news for workers, actually.

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Does Chewing Thyme Help With a Toothache

Chewing thyme can reduce toothache, but you have to properly chew it. You should chew thyme on the other side of your mouth, not on the affected tooth, as the leaves can get into the tooth and could worsen the pain. Thyme is a natural antiseptic and anti-bacterial agent for treating toothache. So, there is a big chance that it could reduce the pain by chewing the leaves. When you chew, you will make a juice out of the leaves, and this will spread to the other side of your mouth, where your affected tooth is located. Whether you use dried or fresh leaves, it will still do reduce the pain. It can also treat bleeding gums. There may be no scientific evidence that chewing thyme can reduce toothache. However, there are some people who have tried chewing thyme, and although it helped them reduce the pain, it did not actually treat the underlying issue. Since thyme is a natural antiseptic, it can prevent your tooth from getting infected by the foods you eat, so whenever you feel a pain in your tooth, chew some thyme leaves. You can also brew thyme tea, and drink it to relieve toothache. In addition, you can rinse your mouth with the tea to get rid of the pain temporarily. This way, it can kill bacteria in your entire mouth and reduce the swelling and inflammation in your tooth. Since it is only a temporary fix, it should only be utilized when you suddenly feel toothache and don't have money to go to dental clinics.

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Thyme oil

Essential oils are potent, including thyme.

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Do not apply thyme oil alone on your affected tooth. You may want to dilute it by placing a few drops of it into clean water and then gargling. This will soothe aches and eliminate infections, as well. Another way to use thyme essential oil is to rub it around the affected tooth to ease the pain. Do not use too much, as it is a very strong essential oil.

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Thyme Oil Remedy for Tooth Infection

Thyme essential oil can be bought at drug stores, supermarkets, or even online. Buying online is a lot more convenient than buying outside. There is a variety of essential oils, but in reducing toothache, you should choose thyme essential oil, as it is proven a lot more effective for easing toothache. The only problem is, how do you use thyme essential oil for a toothache? Undiluted essential oils can be harmful, and can result in serious sensitization and irritation. In this section, you can learn how to use thyme essential oil:

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    Treatment pad thyme essential oil:
    Fill the bowl with water and add 8 drops of thyme essential oil. Stir them well and soak a cloth in the bowl. Use the part of the cloth and apply it to the affected tooth. This is what is called a treatment pad. This will help you ease the pain.
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    Ointment or cream with thyme essential oil:
    In a small bowl, you should place some ointment or salve, and then add 8 drops of thyme essential oil. Mix them thoroughly and get a generous amount using your clean finger to apply to your affected tooth. This will also ease the pain. The remaining ointment or cream can be used later, if you feel toothache again.
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    Mouthwash thyme essential oil:
    In 3/4 oz. of water, with 1/4 oz. tincture of Oregon grape root in a small container with a lid, add three drops of thyme essential oil. Do not put them into a bowl, as you are required to shake the mixture before using it. After rinsing your mouth with the mixture, spit it out. You should then feel OK. Thyme essential oil can cause some side effects, but they are generally not severe. It is thought that the oil can irritate the skin, as well as the mucus membrane. Take note that essential oils should never be used orally. If you are allergic to some oils, you may want to do a skin patch test first before using any essential oil.
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What happens if you do not dilute thyme essential oil? If you do not dilute thyme essential oil, there is a possibility that it can cause skin irritation and sensitization. Thyme essential oil is listed in the Hazardous Essential Oil List that can cause dermal irritation. Refer to this link to learn more:

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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • Do not use thyme oil for treating toothaches if you are pregnant or have hypertension. Using thyme as an ingredient in your meals is much better and safer.
  • Avoid taking thyme as an herbal medications if you are allergic to oregano. Oregano is an aromatic herb as well as thyme, so there's a possibility that you could be allergic to thyme, too.
  • Do not treat children under 2 years old with thyme herbal medications.
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Questions and Answers

Hi can you give me any herbal medicines with the letter 'L'?

I NEED TO know the herbals that can be used to for teeth

You can use ground clove or clove oil to the affected area. This is one of the most common herbal remedies out there. It is also not difficult to prepare but it may take some time to find a grocery store with cloves.

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My tooth got an infection and for a long time and I took a lot of antibiotic and after a few days it gets worse so while I have the infection could I take it out and can you tell me how I could take this infection away from me?

My tooth got an infection and for a long time and I took a lot of antibiotic and after a few days it gets worse so while I have the infection could I take it out and can you tell me how I could take this infection away from me. I have tried: Tried antibiotics (A lot). I think it was caused by: My tooth just started to hurt and it got to the gum and my gum had an infection

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