Saturday, June 11, 2016

Toothache remedy at home? Use eucalyptus oil drop preparation (Article in progress)

Why don't you make your own eucalyptus toothache drop?  It saves you money and a lot of trouble.
Dr Abe V Rotor

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus labillardiere) is a tall, slim and graceful tree introduced into the country not so many years ago as park and lumber tree.  It grows up to 15 meters high.  It got a local name,  bagras.   You can see eucalyptus trees along roadsides growing with other trees like mahogany (Sweitenia macroloba) and agoho (Casuarina equisifolia).  The leaves are elongated, light green and freely hanging on resilient branches.  The trunk is whitish green with thin bark peelings showing irregular patterns. (photo below)  The best check if it is eucalyptus is to crush the leaf and notice the "Vicks" odor.

Get some 30 fresh mature leaves of eucalyptus, air dry and grind.  Place the mixture in a small wide mouth bottle and add ethyl alcohol one-fourth the level of the ground leaves. The extract is ready for use as tooth drop in a day or two, and can keep for months.  Every time someone in the family complains of toothache or inflamed gum, all you have to do is apply directly a drop on the affected tooth, or place a dipped cotton on the affected tooth or gum.   
Aside from the relief from pain and discomfort which may last for several minutes, your eucalyptus oil drop preparation has also antiseptic and anti-microbial properties and is especially effective against Bacillus subtilis, a common bacterium associated with tooth decay. 

One kg of ried eucalyptus leaves yield 26.4 ml or 2.4 percent volatile oil.  It is yellowish  in color. Extracted eucalyptus oil is sometimes available in drug stores.  To prepare an oil drop, add to every 1 ml of extracted oil, 5 ml of 76 percent ethy alcohol and 0.25 ml creosote, then shake.

NOTE: Eucalyptus oil treatment is only a pallative measure.  It is advisable to see your dentist. Thanks to Al-Doghim L.A., Hadji S.A. and A.A. Talhouni who conducted a simiklar research at ASdamson University, in the early nineties. Talhouni was my student at the UST Graduate School.   

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