If you’ve ever had dental pain, you know that it can be one of the most painful and unpleasant types of suffering. It can make it difficult to eat, drink, talk, or think, and, when you have sore teeth or gums, it’s hard to focus on anything else. This is a real problem when you need to deal with finding food, self-defense, and other survival issues.
So, what do you do?
Fortunately, there are a number of natural and easy to gather remedies which you can put to use off grid. Many of these items can be grown in your home garden. Others are still likely to be readily available. Tara Dodrill offers several suggestions for this exact situation.
One easy to find option that Dodrill recommends is salt. She writes,
Mix together 1 tablespoon of salt and 16 ounces of lukewarm water. Gargle the mixture, rinsing and repeating may be necessary several times per day for several days to relieve toothache pain.
Another easy to find option is alcohol, specifically whiskey. Again, Dodrill writes,
Swish some whiskey around inside your mouth to help alleviate toothache and gum pain. Alcohol can also be used as the basis or a natural homemade mouthwash to help prevent tooth decay, sore gums, and general mouth pain. Vodka is the most often recommended type of alcohol used in oral home remedies, but about any type of alcohol, including homebrewed, should work.
Of course, there are a number of herbs and essential oils that you can use for dental care, as well. For example, peppermint has antibacterial properties, and, to many people, a pleasant scent. If your peppermint oil is of sufficient purity, you can create a mouthwash using peppermint essential oil or you can put drops of that same peppermint oil into an herbal tea to gain these antibacterial benefits along with the side benefit, in the case of the tea, of aiding digestion.
Another excellent choices, which you may choose to have in your garden is ginger root. Ginger has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties as well as aiding digestion. You can choose to chew on pieces of ginger root or make your own ginger tea or ginger soda or beer to get the ginger into your system. Of course, you can also cook with ginger, but, to get the most immediate use for dental purposes, you may choose to put small bits of the root into your mouth.
As you can see, there are a number of options for off the grid tooth care. The main thing is to be aware of your options and to plan ahead now so that you have what you need on hand when the time comes.