I had mine out a long time ago--I was 16. I had a general too, w/4 severely impacted wisdom teeth.
I'm not sure this is what you're looking for, but it's what I wish I had known! I can't help w/herbs, etc, I'm sure someone else will.
The only things I can really say:
--have someone to drive you home and stay w/you for a day or 2, until you are with it again and under control pain wise
--beg and plead w/the staff to put vaseline or _something_ all around your mouth/lips during the surgery and after. Then continue at home, or begin if they can't/won't so this. My lips and corners of my mouth got so chapped and dry they cracked and bled. This is way worse than it sounds.
--Take your time recovering. Don't try to force solids and chewing. I did, and ended up w/a horrific infection (not a dry socket, just a regular pus-y infection, couldn't close my mouth, it was swelling down my throat; my poor mom actually pulled an oral surgeon off the golf course on a Sunday, which he later admitted was a good thing). I lost 15 pounds between the extraction and infection.
--Have some very soft foods and good drinks in the fridge/cupboard. I did not eat mashed potatoes for _15 years_ after. I know someone else that didn't eat yogurt for 10. Like Pavlov's dog, I guess
Good luck! You won't remember a thing about the extraction itself.