“Whenever I accidentally bite my inner cheek, tongue, or lip, I immediately dilute 1 drop of clove essential oil with 5 drops of olive oil and rub on the affected area. Discomfort is quickly relieved, and within a few hourly applications, the discomfort forgotten.”
Janice Trachtman in the Mar 23, 2007 issue of Young Living e-News
Comment: Old-timers may remember the 1976 movie “Marathon Man” starring Dustin Hoffman. He plays the role of a young Jewish man who is mysteriously chased around and tortured by an ex-concentration camp dentist. During the torture scenes, the dentist picks, pokes and prods at Dustin’s teeth and gums and offers “oil of clove” for relief only if Dustin reveals the secret by answering the question, “Is it safe?” Dustin is clueless as to why this is happening to him or what the secret is, so he’s helpless during the ordeal. The torture finally relents and Dustin lunges for the small “oil of clove” bottle when it is offered to him.
I didn’t fully grasp the significance of this scene until I got involved with Young Living. Now I understand that clove oil’s two principal constituents are eugenol (75-87%) and eugenol acetate (8-15%). Eugenol was used for years in the dental industry to numb gums.
So anytime there is tooth or gum related discomfort, remember “Marathon Man” and lunge for clove oil.
The use of Thieves Toothpaste, Thieves Mouthwash, Thieves Lozenges and Thieves Breathmints might also be worth consideration. Of course, any effect would be much more subtle, but they fit naturally into everyone’s daily routine.