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Cinnamon contains a number of active ingredients that help relieve toothache temporarily. If you develop a toothache but can't get to the dentist right away, use this home remedy to help keep the pain at bay. Do not substitute a home remedy for proper dental care. A toothache is a symptom of a problem that should be dealt with as quickly as possible to avoid complications.

Purchase whole cinnamon from the grocery or from a natural foods store. It is available in a tubular form called a quill or stick made from curled bark. If you can't find whole cinnamon, purchase powdered cinnamon.

Break up 1/2 inch of cinnamon quill and powder it in a coffee grinder, if you purchased whole cinnamon.

Measure out 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and 5 teaspoons of honey into a small bowl.

Mix the cinnamon and honey together thoroughly.

Apply a small amount of the cinnamon-honey mixture directly to your tooth. You can apply it with a clean fingertip, a cotton ball or a small, folded piece of gauze.

Store the remaining cinnamon honey in an airtight jar with a tight-fitting lid.


Whole cinnamon is noticeably more fragrant than powdered, indicating the presence of volatile oils that are its active ingredient.


Toothache is a symptom of a serious condition that can lead to severe infection. See a dentist as soon as possible if you develop a toothache.