Got a text from my neighbor Travis tonight saying he has a toothache and wondering if I knew any home remedies until he could have it looked at.
*Rewind* Last summer, while visiting my good friend Ken and his wife in Virginia, Ken made us a chicken dish that contained clove. In his defense, it was a tasty combination but his use of the spice was a tad heavy handed and by the end of the meal our tongues were so numb that it was starting to affect our speech.
*Fast Forward* I returned a text suggesting that he chew on a whole clove. Then, it occurred to me that I have clove essential oil in my soap supplies. If clove is so powerful, then the oil must work even better*! Many sites suggest using just a drop and rubbing it on the affected area. Travis reports that the oil is working splendidly and presented instant relief.
*Please note that essential oils are not approved for internal use and some can have very harmful effects when ingested. I am not a doctor, just sharing what works.