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It’s the middle of the night, and your tooth is just killing you. Obviously there aren’t any dentists who are still open, you’ve rummaged through your medicine cabinet and found no painkillers… so what do you do? Well, if you happen to have some clove oil stashed somewhere, you can always use that…

See, clove oil contains eugenol, which is basically a natural painkiller and has antibacterial properties as well. Unsurprisingly, it has been used to treat toothaches for decades. Usually, people will mix several drops of clove oil with a quarter of a teaspoon of olive oil, then use cotton to apply it to the affected area of the mouth.

What most people don’t know, however, are the side effects. Undiluted clove oil isn’t exactly friendly to the insides of your mouth and can cause tissue or nerve damage. Obviously that would hurt quite a bit. Larger doses carry more serious risks, including vomiting and breathing difficulties up to kidney failure and liver damage.

Sounds pretty serious... So, I guess I’ll be stocking some generic painkillers at home now.

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