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Herbal or Natural Antibiotics for Tooth Abscess

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Tyler Woods is a holistic mental-health practitioner and has had a private practice for over 13 years. She holds a master's degree in psychology as well as a Ph.D. from the Creative Health Institute. She enjoys working with holistic mental health. Woods is the author of "The Natural Health and Wellness System" and writes for "The Tucson Citizen" and various other newspapers and magazines.
Herbal or Natural Antibiotics for Tooth Abscess
A tooth abscess can be painful.

A tooth abscess is painful and can be treated. According to the American Dental Association, a bacterial infection and the collection of pus in the pulp of the tooth, which is the soft part inside the tooth, creates this common tooth condition. Bacterial infections can cause swelling and fever. These types of infections normally do not just go away and require treatment. Antibiotics are often prescribed to help heal the infection of the abscess tooth. Several herbs can act as an antibiotic to treat a tooth abscess.

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Olive Leaf

The olive tree has been known for centuries for its leaves and fruit that aid in health, as well as beauty. Olive leaf is quickly gaining a reputation as a natural antibiotic. The olive leaf has important properties that can fight infection. Olive leaf contains a property known as oleuropein and can work as an anti-viral and anti-bacterial agent. Dr. Morton Walker, who has written 73 books, including “Olive Leaf Extract," says the antibacterial properties in olive oil work on bacterial infections much like an antibiotic. It also reduces the inflammation that can cause pain. Olive leaf can be purchased in capsules and as an extract. It is important to follow the instructions on the bottle before taking this helpful herb.


Outside of adding wonderful flavor to food, garlic is widely known as nature’s antibiotic because it is very effective in destroying bacteria. Chemically speaking, garlic’s natural antibiotic effects comes from allicin, according to James Duke, a botanist and author of “The Green Pharmacy." Placing a garlic glove on the affected area for a few minutes several times daily can help. Garlic can be strong and can irritate the skin, so do not leave it on longer than a few minutes. It is equally important to take garlic capsules orally four times a day, which will continue to help with the infection as well.


Michael Murray, author of more than 30 books, including "The Healing Power of Herbs," and a naturopathic doctor says echinacea can fight infection such as a tooth abscess, as well as help with the Inflammation that goes along with it, because this herb is considered a natural antibiotic that can help battle infections. It is suggested that you make a tea and gargle with it three to four times a day. Echinacea comes in tinctures and capsules and can be taken as directed to battle an abscess tooth.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil comes from melaleuca leaves and can be healthy for the mouth as a powerful antiseptic that works like an antibiotic, according to Cindy Jones, biochemist and author of the book “The Antibiotic Alternative.” Its antibacterial function can help fight infections such as an abscess tooth. Putting a few drops of tea tree oil on a tooth brush and brushing several times a day can help with infection. Tea tree oil also can be effective for an abscess tooth by putting 10 drops into a cup of water and swishing it in the mouth four times a day.

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  • Mayo Clinic
  • “Green Pharmacy”; James Duke; 1999
  • “Olive Leaf Extract”; Morton Walker; 1997
  • "The Healing Power of Herbs"; Michael Murray; 1995
  • “The Antibiotic Alternative”; Cindy Jones; 2000
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