Homemade Tooth and Gum Pain Remedies

Many herbs, such as clove, yarrow, spilanthes and prickly ash bark, possess pain-relieving and disinfectant properties that are appropriate for pain associated with inflamed gums and toothaches. Although these preparations may not address the causes of dental problems, their numbing and immune-enhancing properties can be extremely helpful in alleviating pain while reducing inflammation and infection.

St. Johnswort Tincture for Pain

St. Johnswort’s astringent, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties make it very useful for gum and tooth pain, especially if caused by an exposed nerve or cavity. It will not cure the problem but will make the pain tolerable until you can take care of the underlying cause. St. Johnswort tincture has been very helpful in alleviating pain for many people who found no relief from other medicines.

Fresh St. Johnswort buds and flowers, or flowering tops, enough to tightly fill an 8-oz. jar the highest-proof alcohol available to you, preferably 190 proof, enough to fill and cover the herbs in the jar water

The higher the percent of alcohol is used to tincture St. Johnswort, the more hypericin is extracted out of the herb. (Hypericin is responsible for its therapeutic action.)

Make tincture with St. Johnswort following Directions for Alcohol Tinctures Using Fresh Herbs. When St. Johnswort tincture has been decanted, store without any additional water. Prior to use, dilute St. Johnswort, tincture with half the amount of water. So for every 1 oz. of St. Johnswort tincture, add 1/2 oz. of water and drop directly onto problem area as often as needed. Note: Excellent-quality St. Johnswort tincture can also be purchased ready-made (see Resources).

Searching for St. Johnswort

Take a “weed wa1″ any time from the end of June through mid-July in many parts of North America and you will find blooming St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum).

Put some up in oil and alcohol so that you can benefit from the healing virtues of this powerful medicinal. Wandering through the fields and meadows to gather St. Johnswort is a special ritual I look forward to every year, and a wonderful way to welcome the summer. The plant’s name reveals its traditional role as a herald of summer, since it blooms around the time of the Feast of St. John, near the summer solstice.

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