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Echinacea, Goldenseal for Tooth Abscess

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Echinacea and Goldenseal for Tooth Abscess.

When treating tooth abscess naturally, many Earth Clinic readers have turned to the powerful combination of Echinacea and Goldenseal tincture. These two herbs offer potent immune support, crucial in combating and healing dental infections.


Echinacea, renowned for its immune-boosting properties, helps fortify the body's natural defense mechanisms. It stimulates the production of white blood cells and enhances overall immune function, enabling the body to fight off harmful bacteria causing the abscess. Echinacea also possesses anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce swelling and discomfort associated with the infection.


Goldenseal, another herb known for its antimicrobial and immune-stimulating effects, complements Echinacea's healing properties. Goldenseal contains a compound called berberine, which exhibits potent antimicrobial activity against various bacteria. By incorporating Goldenseal into the treatment regimen, Earth Clinic readers have experienced enhanced antibacterial effects, aiding in the resolution of the tooth abscess.

A tincture is commonly employed to utilize the power of Echinacea and Goldenseal for tooth abscess relief. A tincture is a concentrated liquid extract of the herbs, allowing for easy and effective administration.

Instructions for Using Echinacea and Goldenseal for Tooth Abscess Relief

1. Dilute the Echinacea and Goldenseal tincture

Take the tincture and dilute it in a small amount of water. Follow the dosage instructions provided by the manufacturer or as advised by your healthcare professional.

2. Swish the Diluted Tincture

Take a mouthful of the diluted tincture and swish it around the troubled tooth and the affected area several times a day. Make sure to thoroughly coat the tooth and the surrounding gums with the solution.

3. Repeat the Process Regularly 

Repeat the swishing process multiple times a day to maintain consistent application of the tincture. Aim for at least three to four times a day, or as directed by your healthcare professional.

4. Monitor the Improvement 

Observe how your tooth and the abscessed area respond to the treatment. You may notice improvements in pain relief and a reduction in swelling and discomfort.

5. Continue The Treatment

Carry on with the swishing regimen for a minimum of two days or until you feel a significant improvement. It is advisable to complete the full course of the treatment as recommended by your healthcare professional.

Below, learn how Earth Clinic readers used Echinacea and Goldenseal tincture to successfully treat their tooth abscess. Let us know if it helped you!

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8 User Reviews

Posted by Nurah (St augustine, Florida) on 04/24/2023
5 out of 5 stars

I too had success using echinacea and goldenseal for an abscessed tooth, a bottom molar with pain and swelling in my jaw that had been bothering me for several days. I let a dentist take an x-ray and they referred me for root canal evaluation. I used a tincture that I diluted in a little water and swished it around the troubled tooth several times a day. It started feeling better that day and within 2 days feeling pretty much back to normal. I will continue this regiment for three more days and, if all still feels good, go to a maintenance dose.

Replied by Nurah
(Saint Augustine, FL)

UPDATE: My tooth felt great for about 6 weeks, but it has flared up again with 2 abscesses on the gum in front of it. I'm on day 2 of treating it with echinacea and goldenseal tincture again. Also using onion, garlic, and oregano and tea tree oils If anyone has dealt with recurring abscess, has your infection, contrary to what the dental establishment says is possible, been gone long-term?

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Posted by Benjamin "tv Tech" Harris (Jonesboro Ga.) on 04/16/2017
5 out of 5 stars

My GO-TO For Any Toothache / Infection pain gone within hours

I was suffering really bad from a double toothache both back teeth, one up top, one on bottom, on same side, now when I say pain I mean excruciating like someone was drilling into my teeth with a super sharp drill or ice pick kind of pain. The first thing I tried was clove oil, on a scale of 1-10 it helped maybe a 4-5. Then I tried tea tree oil with maybe a 2-4 result. This was the first night needless to say I got very little sleep.

Then day 2 was worse until I noticed that keeping cool/cold water on the area stopped the pain as long as I left it on there and water was cool/cold. This was good until it was time to go to sleep which I was unable to sleep because of the severe pain that returned in seconds after the water warmed up or was swallowed. Well I ended up doing an all nighter sipping on cool/cold water back and forth to the fridge every hour or so to get another bottle water. went through a 24 pack of 16oz waters in 1 day then I was about to go to dentist to extract them and luckily they were fully booked with no openings for a few days which made me call my local herb shop to talk to Gene and he suggested echinacea and goldenseal. Which they had in my favorite form (loose herb), which I made into a tea. and within a few hours

BINGO!!! the pain went down by 2 thirds and by end of day all my pain was gone except for a little soreness in the area which finally cleared up in the following days. and needless to say I never got the teeth extracted I continue taking echinacea tea but goldenseal can only be taken for 7-10 days at a time because it is so powerful (please seek professional advise on dosage).

But I mix in a little goldenseal into my echinacea tea from time to time as a maintenance dose along with a good amount of red clover. All in all I have found my go to for any toothache/infection and I can keep my teeth for the chewing that I need them for.

Replied by Charity
(Faithville, Us)

I am so happy you found help in the herbs. I hope anyone reading your post will not consume 48 -8 ounce cups of water in 24 hours. Use ice if you need to chill the area. Some peoples kidneys are not capable of handling that much I post this as a CAUTION.

Some other helps for dental pain are as follows:(try one)

Alpha lipoic Acid capsule, take with water. Or topical applications of one of these: Activated charcoal, turmeric, walnut hull, walnut tincture, baking soda, garlic, peppermint oil, salt, iodine, clove oil (very tiny amount)or spice, coconut oil, fish oil, olive oil, oregano oil or spice, wet tea bag and I'm sure there are more that give relief.

Keep your teeth by feeding healthy microbes that keep bacteria in check. Also keep minerals, water balanced, and the fat soluble vitamins through gallbladder health . Been learning the hard way.

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Posted by Lola (Spain) on 02/03/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, a few years ago tooth got infected after seeing dentist, think it was from too much novacaine. I took goldenseal from the capsules, put some in an empty tea bag and put it where it hurt for 5 minutes at a time thru day.

I also brushed with goldenseal on toothbrush around infection.

I also brushed with kosher salt in the area and gargled with salt water. However it was the goldenseal that did it. The brushing with salt and gargling salt water alone did not solve problem.

In 2 days the infection was gone.


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Posted by Susan (Brookline, Ma) on 02/05/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, I had a tooth-gum infection once -pretty sure it came form too much novacaine-as I asked for alot of it and tooth became infected right after this.

Brushing the area with toothe paste and gargling salt water and putting salt on the area - helped a bit, but what worked best was putting goldenseal- break up the capsule- and put it right on the area and brush it gently, and gargle it and also put some in an empty tea bag, wet it with your saliva, and then hold it there for several minutes a number of times per day.

The infection went away quickly after I used the goldenseal.

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Posted by Julie (Deptford, London) on 06/25/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I have used golden seal powder in the past for myself and my young daughter, applied directly to the abscess and held there as long as possible. Today I could only find the tincture and this can also be applied directly, but I wonder if the effect is less because it isn't going to stay on the abscess like the powder did. I'll let you know how we get on.

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Posted by Firminatus (Mansal Lacy Hereford, Hereford/UK) on 03/21/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Several years ago, I had an infection in the root canal linked to four upper front crowns. I went to the Dentist who gave me an anti-biotic, which seemed to clear it up. Two weeks later the infection returned worse than ever, so I decided to try Echinacea (purple cone flower). I made a tea with a teaspoon of the dried leaves with a pint of hot water in a small stainless steel teapot and simmered the concoction gently for about ten minutes until it had cooled enough to hold in my mouth. I held the warm liquid in my mouth, swishing it around my mouth for about ten minutes, once in the morning and again before I went to bed. On the third day the pain which had been somewhere under my nose had gone, and I had an abscess on my gum which burst later that day and quickly healed. With love as always.

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Posted by Georje (USA) on 04/24/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I cured an abscessed tooth by taking a half teaspoon of echinacea/ goldenseal tincture every hour for the first day of a really severe toothache and holding spilanthes tincture in my mouth to dull the pain. I discovered the herb meadow sweet to be the best pain relief for the tooth. Within minutes of drinking a mild decoction of the tea the pain would be gone for hours. It was a long weekend and no hope for going to the dentist. I was suprised the next morning that the swelling was way down so I continued taking the echinacea/ goldenseal tincture. as the abscess subsided i decreased the dose, taking it every three or four hours the second day . I continued for a week taking 3 doses a day. At the end of that time I had no abscess . It was confirmed a few weeks later by xrays at the dentist. I also drank lots of water with a 1/2 fresh lemon or lime sqeezed into to it.

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Posted by Anon (Austin, IN)
5 out of 5 stars

I was reading to see if golden seal was recommended for abscessed tooth, and was shocked that it wasn't. Several months ago I was suffering with an abscessed tooth, and my dad gave me some golden seal, (yellow root). He told me to just put it on the abscess for as long as I could stand it. It is extremely bitter, but within 6 hrs. the swelling and pain was gone, and after 12 hrs. the area wasn't tender at all. I felt another abscess developing again a couple of months later. Applied the yellow root and it was gone before it even started to swell.