Question from the website: I have a sharp pain in one of my teeth. I am allergic to benzocaine, so I can’t use over-the-counter numbing gels. What else can I try?
Every toothache merits a visit to the dentist to rule out serious problems, but while waiting for your dental appointment, try clove oil which has analgesic and antibacterial properties. Just mix 1 drop of the clove oil (I like NOW essential oils 100% pure clove oil available here: ) in 1/2 teaspoon of organic olive oil. For quick relief, apply a small amount of the mixture to a cotton swab, then dab on the affected area every hour during the day. If a hard to reach tooth is causing the pain, bite down on a cotton ball saturated with the mixture for several minutes.

And If the taste of clove oil is too strong for you, try making a compress with activated charcoal complex, which is thought to absorb toxic by-products of the inflammation around your tooth, helping to ease the pain instantly. To use, break four capsules (try Integrative Therapeutics Activated Charcoal available here: and mix the powder with water to make a paste. Spread the paste on a piece of gauze, place it on your tooth and bite down for 5-10 minutes. Repeat three times/day.