Natural Remedies: Swish it Out

9514-a-cup-of-mint-tea-on-a-white-background-pvPeppermint tea has a nice flavor and some numbing power.

  • Put 1 teaspoon dried peppermint leaves in 1 cup boiling water and steep for 20 minutes
  • After the tea cools, swish it around in your mouth, then spit it out or swallow.
  • Repeat as often as needed

Rinse your mouth with a tincture of myrrh.  The astringent effects help with inflammation, and myrrh offers the added benefit of killing bacteria.

  • Simmer 1 teaspoon of powdered myrrh in 2 cups of water for 30 minutes
  • Strain and let cool
  • Rinse with 1 teaspoon of the solution in a half-cup water 5-6 times a day
To help kill bacteria and relieve some discomfort, swish with a mouthful of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. This can provide temporary relief if the toothache is accompanied by fever and a foul taste in the mouth (both are signs of infection), but like other toothache remedies, it’s only a stopgap measure until you see your dentist and get the source of infection cleared up. 
  • A hydrogen peroxide solution is only for rinsing.
  • Spit it out, then rinse several times with plain water
Salt water cleanses the area around the tooth and draws out some of the fluid that causes swelling. 
  • Stir a teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water and rinse for up to 30 seconds before you spit it out
  • Repeat this treatment as often as needed


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