Hooray for this medicine cabinet in a bottle!!!
Now, in this case there is one simple, very important ground rule:
That's right. Don't drink it. If you have a problem with accidentally swallowing your mouthwash, this natural remedy is not for you.
That being said... let's talk about just how awesome tea tree oil is if you're suffering from tooth pain.
Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties.
Generally speaking, the reason a person has tooth pain is because bacteria has invaded a cavity or sore in the area. Remove the bacteria and you remove the pain.
A while back, I had a very unfortunate trip to the dentist. This was a new dentist that I knew nothing about. What I learned, however, was that she was very good at both taking care of the problems I had, and creating new ones. This, of course, didn't instill a great deal of confidence in me.
I've been plagued with toothaches ever since that visit.
I've gotten them under control now, however, due to the use of tea tree oil.
You need to know ahead of time, however, that tea tree oil isn't necessarily the safest product to use in your mouth. At all. It works, but if ingested, it can cause some very severe side effects... like dizziness, rash, confusion, and really nasty stomach problems. So again, I repeat:
What I do is very simple. In the case of tea tree oil, a little goes a very long way. Add a couple of drops to your favorite mouth-rinsing cup, and fill with water.
- Swish the mixture around in your mouth, being very careful not to swallow, then spit. Do this until there's nothing left in the cup.
- Rinse the cup, then fill it with a bit of water again. Swish and spit a few times. You don't need to fill the cup - just use enough water to help you get rid of that nasty tea tree oil taste.
Because, yeah. It's really gross. The good news about that, though, is that it'll help remind you not to drink it.
I found that by using tea tree oil, my tooth pain was gone within minutes, the bacteria being effectively killed. It tastes horrendous, but it works... even for the killer I'm-about-to-cry-from-the-agony tooth pain.
Grossness factor aside, I've never had any side effects when using tea tree oil in this manner.
If, however, you're one of those people that constantly swallows their mouthwash, you may not want to try this. While I don't think you'd be in any serious trouble after swallowing a mixture of a couple of drops of tea tree oil in somewhere around 6 ounces of water, I'd rather you not test that theory.
I should also mention that the medical community specifically mentions that tea tree oil shouldn't be used on pre-pubescent boys at all, in any manner - even topically.
I didn't see an explanation of why, but I figure it's better to be safe than sorry.
Of course, on the flipside, I think it's probably safe to assume that nobody reading this would try to use a remedy that isn't safe to drink on a child, when that remedy goes straight into their mouth. That would just be... well... stupid.
That being said, tea tree oil does work, quickly and effectively, as long as you carefully ensure that you:
I know, I know... a bit of overkill on the warning there, right?