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 brush their teeth at least two times a day, to avoid tooth cavities that may result in toothaches. 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 might 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 the build-up of bacteria in the mouth. Thyme is mainly used as antibacterial agent because of its active constituents that reduce unwanted bacteria in the body, including the mouth. Since antiquity, and even today, people have been using herbal medications in treating minor ailments and diseases, and they have often proven to be more effective than modern medications in some ways. So, if you experience toothaches, or feel like you have an infection in your mouth, you may want to try thyme to treat it.

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Various Methods of Using Thyme

Dried Thyme as Herbal Tea

Many people use dried thyme as herbal tea.


They usually add one teaspoon of dried thyme to their cups or mugs and mix it with hot water plus honey to taste. Like every normal tea, they drink it twice or three times a day. This way, they will be able to protect yourself 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 and health food stores.

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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, let 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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Thyme has to be chewed after meals. If taken before mealtime, one is likely to feel drowsy, as the foods and herbs eaten are processed in the digestive system. This is not good news if you're in the middle of a work day..

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Does Chewing Thyme Help With a Toothache

Chewing thyme can reduce toothache, but you have to chew it properly. 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 toothaches. There is a good chance that it will 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 reduce the pain. It can also treat bleeding gums. There may be no scientific evidence that chewing thyme can reduce toothaches, 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. 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, 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, health food stores, or even online. Buying online is a lot more convenient than buying outside. There are a variety of essential oils, but for reducing toothache pain, 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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  1. 1
    Treatment pad thyme essential oil
    1. Fill a bowl with water and add 8 drops of thyme essential oil.
    2. Stir well and soak a cloth in the water.
    3. 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
    1. Add some olive oil to a small bowl.
    2. Add 8 drops of thyme essential oil.
    3. Mix thoroughly.
    4. Using a clean finger, apply a generous amount to your affected tooth. This will also ease the pain. The remaining oil can be used later if you feel toothache again.
    5. Alternatively, soak a cotton ball in the thyme oil, and place on affected tooth.
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    Mouthwash thyme essential oil
    1. Add ¼ ounces of tincture or Oregon Grape Root Oil to 1 cup of water to a container with a lid.
    2. Add three drops of thyme essential oil.
    3. Put on the lid and shake well.
    4. After rinsing your mouth with the mixture, spit it out. You should then feel much better. Store remainder in the fridge " covering with the lid.
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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 mucous membranes. Take note that essential oils should never be used orally unless they are diluted. 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: THYME OIL

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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 medication 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, as well.
  • 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 herbs 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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You can buy clove oil at any health food store. Dampen a Q-tip with water, and then add a couple of drops of the clove oil, and apply to the affected tooth. It will take the pain away almost immediately, but you'll have to re-apply.

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===My tooth got an infection and for a long time and I took a lot of antibiotics.=== After a few days, it got worse, so while I have the infection could I take it out? Can you tell me how I could take this infection away? 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. Antibiotics will not cure an infected tooth. Symptoms may be alleviated for a short while but the infection will remain. It is imperative that you either have a root canal or have the tooth removed ASAP. People have died from infected teeth. ~ Dr. Bridget Young, DMD VisiHow QnA. This section is not written yet. Want to join in? Click EDIT to write this answer.

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Hello sir, I am having an infection in my tooth.

The Doctor advised me to remove it, but bone is strong, hence I request you to kindly advise me on this. Thanks & regards.

Listen to your doctor. Once a tooth is infected, it must be treated by a professional. An infected tooth can turn into a life threatening situation quickly. ~ Dr. Bridget Young, DMD VisiHow QnA. This section is not written yet. Want to join in? Click EDIT to write this answer.

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My blood pressure is staying high after going to the dentist and having a procedure, he would not give me antibiotics, what else can I do?

My blood pressure is high after a going to the dentist, he would not prescribe antibiotics, what else can I do?

Antibiotics will not help your blood pressure. Go see your physician. ~ Dr. Bridget Young, DMD VisiHow QnA. This section is not written yet. Want to join in? Click EDIT to write this answer.

How will I be able to fresh thyme to heal a abbsess tooth?

My husband has one and needs relief now and I was wondering if I should get him to chew on it or to make thyme tea? Can I make thyme tea if I steep the leaves? What is an effective way to do this

Thyme should be used as a preventive measure. Have your husband go to the dentist and then after treatment use thyme to aid in his healing and to prevent future infections. ~ Dr. Bridget Young, DMD

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