Five Emergency Toothache Remedies From Wild Plants
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The crippling pain of a toothache can occur at inconvenient times – perhaps when far from your dentist or even your emergency first aid kit. Because of the potentially intense pain and potentially critical health concerns associated with a tooth infection, wild herbs to treat toothache is an important category of medicinals to become familiar with in preparation for emergencies in the bush.
By Nathaniel Whitmore a Contributing Author to SHTFBlog and SurvivalCache
In my previous article Five Best DIY Toothache Remedies I mentioned three herbal remedies (the other two were oil pulling and shiatsu / acupressure). Of the three, only one related to herbs common in the wild in North America. I chose to focus on Barberry (Berberis spp.), though it is a representative of the group – the berberine-containing antimicrobials. Others include Goldthread (Coptis spp.) and Oregon Grape Root (formerly Berberis but now Mahonia aquifolium). These and the other berberine-containing antimicrobials are great toothache remedies, and will be discussed in detail below. The other two remedies in that article, though “natural”, won’t be easily found in the North American forests. Clove is from Indonesia, and besides it is typically the essential oil that is used for toothaches. Toothache Plant (Spilanthes spp.) is largely of the tropics. It can be grown here (quite easily, actually), but I do not know it in the wild of even the warm locations I have been to in North America. So, what other toothache remedies do we have around?
Lately, I have been focusing on Barberry (Berberis spp.) in regards to this group. It is a common invasive where I live (I harvest it regularly as part of maintaining my property in New York state). It also has the genus name that is the source of the name “berberine” – for the constituent that gives the roots of these plants a yellow color and strong medicinal properties. Plus, for many years Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) has been in the spotlight to the point that this native plant has been overharvested. There are different virtues to the various berberine-containing species. For instance, Goldenseal roots are fleshy and are therefore easier to harvest and process than the woody roots of the prickly shrub Barberry. For this reason, Goldenseal is a good herb to grow if you don’t have it locally abundant in the wild. In the bush, it is basically a matter of finding whatever species you can.