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Natural Holistic Remedies for Abscess Tooth

What is an abscess tooth?

An abscessed tooth is an infection that can result in swelling. It normally looks like a boil on your gum between your tooth and gum. It is generally caused by a foreign element that gets into a decayed or decaying tooth, but can also be caused by dead cells from your body that get stuck or by a traumatic event like a cracked tooth.

The infection and decay of teeth begins with your diet, not with bacteria like people want you to think. Historically, tribal peoples all over the world suffered from little to no tooth decay. They did not brush their teeth or floss each day, but they ate a very traditional diet that they had been eating for generations. With our modern diets of heavily processed and chemical-filled foods, we have seen a massive rise in tooth decay! So the first step to healing your teeth is to adopt a very traditional diet. There are many amazing books and blogs that you can read to get started on that journey…

An abscessed tooth can be a very serious issue and may lead to a life threatening infection if it is not dealt with immediately. These remedies are meant to be used by generally healthy people who are not suffering from any severe chronic issues. I advise everyone to do what they feel is necessary for their unique body. This may mean seeking a health care professional.

Natural Remedies for Abscessed Tooth

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  • Clove Essential Oil – This will help to kill the infection and also relieve any pain that you are feeling. Brush your teeth gently with clove oil, rub it onto your gums, and put it on a tooth pick and stick it into your tooth if there is a hole from a cavity, etc.
  • Peppermint Essential Oil – When I didn’t have clove, I used peppermint to help with the pain and it worked like a charm!
  • Oil of Oregano – This is a powerful immune booster, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-oxidant. It will help to kill the infection fast and boost your immune system so it can heal up. It is known to be very effective in curing tooth ailments.
  • Oil Pulling – An ancient Ayurvedic healing tradition, oil pulling has been used for many years to remove toxins from the body. I use organic coconut oil to do my oil pulling because it has anti-bacterial and immune boosting properties. Take 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it around your mouth, through your teeth and gums for 10-30 minutes. Do not swallow it! After at least 10 minutes spit it out and rinse your mouth out.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Use real organic ACV like Bragg’s or something homemade if you have access to it. Swish it around your mouth for a few minutes and spit it out. It will help to disinfect and bring down the swelling.
  • Drain the abscess – If you are going to do this, you must be VERY cautious. First, make sure to completely sterilize your needle and tools with alcohol. Prick a little hole or two in your gum where the boil is. Then release the toxic pus with a Q-tip by pushing on the abscess. Make sure you don’t swallow any of the pus because it does contain toxic infectious bacteria.
  • Raw Garlic – I took a clove of garlic and mashed it a little so the juice would come out and I stuck it right between my gum and lip. This helps to kill the infection and also eases the pain and boosts the immune system.

The Story of My Abscess

I recently suffered from an abscess tooth just a few days ago. It started on Monday when I went on a sugar binge and ate a bag of gummy bears. Some bits got stuck in my decaying tooth and later than night I got a HUGE toothache that would not go away. I started with the peppermint oil and oregano oil immediately. I could barely sleep that night and was putting on oil over and over again. On Tuesday morning I woke up with a huge boil between my gum and tooth so I did an oil pull, used more peppermint and oregano oil. That night my toothache had subsided, but the boil (abscess) was still there. I went for the needle and pricked about 5 holes in my gum. Barely any pus came out… I washed my mouth out with apple cider vinegar and brushed my teeth with lavender oil to calm my nerves a little bit. Then I put on some more oil of oregano. I woke up on Thursday morning (today) with no pain and all the swelling was gone! I had also been feeling a lot of pain and swelling in my lymph node from the infection, but that is almost gone too! I successfully cured my infection!

Update 10.08 – Since I cured the infection and haven’t had any pain since, I decided not to go see a dentist about it. I routinely use oregano oil to brush my teeth and do oil pulling once or twice a week. My gums and teeth are becoming stronger.

Linked up at… Tasty Traditions, Fight Back Friday, Small Footprint Friday


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Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness

This pregnancy is a fascinating and exciting journey to be on! My periods had been completely in harmony with the moon cycle for the past 3 months or so before I became pregnant. My period was occuring on the new moon (a time of rest) and I was ovulating with the full moon (extreme fertile energy)… no surprise that I got pregnant! Carlos and I are very excited to bring a special new life into this world we’re living in.

I conceived right around January 27th so I’m still in my first trimester, right around 2 months. Sometimes I walk around with my hand on my belly and become very aware of the life within me. Beautiful. Many women get morning sickness during her first trimester and sometimes it carries on well into the second trimester.. I have definitely had a fair amount of the morning sickness! Thankfully I only threw up one morning, but much of the time I just feel sick to my stomach and can’t think of anything I’d like to eat. There are many remedies to morning sickness, and I have tried the lot… some work, some don’t. Hope this list helps someone in her first trimester!

Remedies for Morning Sickness

  • Ginger root – I tried this in several forms and had luck sometimes… Two times I made ginger tea and that didn’t help me very much. My mama got me some crystallized ginger slices that helped me when I first started eating them. After a few days, the effect wore off. The form of ginger that helped me the most was GINGER ALE – real ginger ale in the glass bottles. It’s very strong and carbonated so the bubbles + the ginger is what did it I think. I decided to lay off the ginger though, because it is so strong…
  • Peppermint tea – This has helped soothe my stomach slightly a few times. I also like to use peppermint essential oil and rub it on my belly which relieves some of the discomfort as well.

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    mint that loves trying to take over our apartment garden

  • Preg-Ease vitamins – These are mainly B6 and calcium (for morning sickness and heartburn) but has some real fruit in there too. I take one chewable tablet in the morning and it is effective for a little while, giving me time to make breakfast or wait for Carlos to make breakfast.
  • Eating FREQUENTLY – I make sure to eat SOMETHING right when I wake up in the morning. Sometimes I grab an apple, other times a fresh baked slice or 2 of sweet loaf (like squash loaf). Then I eat small meals throughout the day, maybe 5 times a day. I make sure to eat lots of cheese for protein and essential fatty vitamins and minerals.
  • Walk outside – This is one of the most effective ways that I have relieved my nausea symptoms. I’m so glad it’s starting to get warm out so I can have a fabulous, comfortable barefoot walk around the garden or over to Hackett Falls in Hollister. 🙂 Just breathing the fresh air of the trees and putting my feet in the dirt really grounds me and makes me feel awesome!!
  • Herb… as in weed – This is controversial and may not be for everyone, but I have done lots of research about it online, asking people I know, and taking note of how my body reacts when I do it. There are no ill effects known to occur to the developing fetus. When I first started experiencing nausea, I was totally turned off to eating so I ate little and lost about 8 pounds the first 5 weeks. No good! Then I realized that when I vaporize a little marijuana, it eliminates my nausea and makes me feel hungry so then I eat! Now I’ve gained the weight back and I’m feeling way better. I use it medicinally and in moderation, and have had super awesome results.

So that’s what I’ve figured out about my morning sickness… the kind of morning sickness that can last all day sometimes! Hope that some of these will help you amazing ladies out there!

Linked up at: The HomeAcre Hop, Thank Your Body Thursday, Natural Living Link-Up, Tasty Traditions ,  Your Green Resource


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DIY: How to Brew a Tincture

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a tincture –

herbs that have been submerged  in alcohol (or glycerin) for a period of time

There is magic involved in creating a tincture. The setting, the vibe, feeling which plants to combine for the desired effect you are trying to create… it takes practice, patience, love, devotion, and intuition to master the skill. Don’t let that scare you though! It’s like anything else – the more you do it, the better you become. So let’s start with the basics.

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  • glass jar – this can be a mason jar, or anything.. use what you have
  • alcohol – at least 40% abv. vodka, whiskey, rum, moonshine, etc.
  • the herbs – have a purpose in mind and use herbs that harmonize

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  1. Decide the purpose of your tincture and the herbs to achieve your desired effect. The tincture in the photos was made to enhance the immune system and works especially well for viral infections like cold, flu, bronchitis, etc. It has usnea lichen, rose hip, elderberry, and hibiscus.
  2. Gather your supplies.
  3. Fill the jar at least 1/2 full with your herbs of choice.
  4. Pour in the alcohol about 1″ from the mouth of your jar.
  5. OPTIONAL – After this I like to let my tincture sit in a window for a few nights and days to receive some lunar and solar qualities.
  6. Put your tincture(s) away in a dark, cool cabinet. I have an apothecary cabinet that I dedicate to tinctures. Let it sit for at least a month, longer is better in my experience. I have some that I brewed in 2011 that are INCREDIBLE!
  7. Once they are done brewing, you can put it in little tincture bottles or just take as much as you need and let the rest keep sitting. They get stronger with time.

Also…

I recently started making my tinctures on the night of a New Moon. It is folklore that this night stimulates the magical powers of the tincture. We will see. 🙂

My magical tinctures are available for sale in my etsy shop here…

& the Pure Immunity tincture featured in this post is also for sale.

Linked up at The Creative HomeAcre Hop, Thank Goodness It’s Monday, Party Wave Wednesday, The Homeacre Hop & Fight Back Friday


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How to Make a Purifying Bentonite Clay Face Mask

You can treat yourself to a spa day in your home with this DIY recipe for rejuvenated, clear, healthy skin! There are many kinds of clay used in facial treatments that all have their own unique qualities, but my personal favorite is bentonite clay.

About Bentonite Clay

This clay has a powerful electrical charge that will absorb toxins, impurities, heavy metals, and other contaminants into it’s center. Therefore it is very cleansing when used as a face mask, poultice, or in a bath.

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luscious clay / oatmeal mask

Make Your Mask!! 

What you need:

  • 1 tablespoon bentonite clay (I got mine from Mama Jeans. It is available at most health food stores and online.)
  • 1 teaspoon oatmeal (I ground mine up in the grain mill first, but it’s not necessary)
  • 1/2 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar  (For extreme cleansing power!)

Now you stir it up and mix it well until you get a nice smooth consistency. You may need to add a little more water since the oatmeal tends to absorb a lot. Apply the mixture to your face in a nice, thin coat and let it fully dry (usually takes 10 minutes or so). Your face will feel tight and you may experience a stinging – that means it’s working! Once it has dried wet a wash cloth with warm water and lay it on your face for a few seconds, then gently wipe the mask off of your face.

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my sweetheart wearing his facial mask

Note – You may experience redness after removing the face mask. This is totally normal, so don’t be alarmed. It should disappear within 30 minutes. 🙂

You are beautiful! Enjoy.

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Natural Remedies for the Common Cold

Are you feeling the winter blues this season and want to kick that cold fast? Put down that bottle of Nyquil and relieve it naturally! The best way to get rid of a cold really fast, is to catch it at the onset. If you are feeling slightly congested or have a sinus headache coming on, knock it down right away with these awesome remedies…

1 // LOTS of Vitamin C! Vitamin C will boost your immune system to prevent or fight off the pesky cold. I see lots of people taking vitamin supplements, but getting Vitamin C from a whole food will give you a greater effect. Some wonderful sources of vitamin C include ascerola cherries, rose hips, and of course the popular citrus fruits. I like to squeeze a half lemon into a glass of water and I also love my rose hips tincture!

2 // Plenty of Water is a must. It is very important to stay hydrated so your body can be energized and heal quickly

3 // Garlic has the amazing power to fight the infection that causes the cold. It’s most effective to eat RAW, whole garlic cloves. You can chop them up and put it in a salad or just take a small clove, smash it, and swallow it whole.. no need to chew.

4 // Elderberries are truly wonderful! I have made fresh elderberry cough syrup in the past that has helped my mom get over her bronchitis in just 2 days! You can buy elderberry syrup, elderberry extract, or elderberry capsules from most health or natural food stores.

5 // Mullein is a bountiful wild herb here in Missouri that many would call a weed. Mullein is known as an expectorant and it’s one of the first herbs I think of for a common cold. It helps relieve congestion and clear your lungs so it will help get rid of the cough.

6 // Echinacea is well known for it’s ability to boost your immune system.

7 // Plantain is another expectorant that can help soothe a cough.

8 // Raw Local Honey is delicious and oh so good for you! It is chock full of vitamins and minerals that everyone needs, and when you get LOCAL honey it’s like taking a little vaccination against common allergens in the area that you live in.

9 // Thieves Oil is a very powerful essential oil that was created during the days of the Black Plague by thieves who would go into the homes of people afflicted by the plague. They would douse themselves in it to protect themselves from the wildly infectious disease and many came out totally unharmed! It is amazing at killing bacteria and viruses. You can pick some up at the health food store or online. Put some in a diffuser or rub it into your chest.

These are all the remedies I use. Please feel free to comment if you have any tried and true remedies to share with us! And stay tuned for upcoming articles on herbs and natural healing.