|A Toothache Tree on Howard Street|
The Toothache Tree sports sturdy thorns on its trunk and branches.
|Thorn Protruding from a Larger Pellitory Tree|
Chewing on a sliver of the tree's bark will numb the mouth and tongue, and was used to relieve the pain of a toothache. A piece of the bark inserted in a cavity would help ease the pain, and a sack of the bark held against the gums will relieve pain and swelling.
|Smaller Tree in Blanche's Yard|
Another old-time remedy from Ocracoke Island. (Enlarge the bottom photo for a better view of the thorns.)
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is about the Unionist North Carolina State Government established at Hatteras in 1861. You can read all about it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092114.htm.