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Herbal remedies for dental health

Good oral hygiene is the product of regular dental checkups and cleanings. Between the visits, natural and herbal dental care should be used with herbal preparations, mouthwashes, and toothpastes. Herbal remedies have a long history of use for dental problems with gums and teeth, as well as for preventative care.

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Below is a list of the herb and their benefits.

Anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory resins

  • Myrrh - warming, astringent.
  • Propolis (a bee product) - stimulates production of new tissue, is anti-viral, and useful for mouth sores and ulcers.
  • Pine resin (pitch) - when the resin is firm, can be used as a "chewing gum".
  • Usnea - a common lichen, stronger than penicilin against strep. and staph.
  • Bloodroot (eastern woodlands plant) - strongly inhibits plaque and decay-causing bacteria.
  • Plantain - a common world-wide "weed," use it fresh for abcesses, inflammation.

Astringents (anti-microbial, tightens tissues)

  • In general, tannin-rich plants can be anti-viral, according to new research.
  • Krameria - contains 40% tannin, combine the powder with myrrh as a dentifrice for bleeding or spongy gums.
  • Oak galls (oak apples) - contain up to 50% tannins, use powder as a dentifrice.
  • Tormentil & sage = use as a gargle for chronic gum inflammation.

Immune strengtheners

  • Echinacea - gargle or rinse with the diluted tincture, activates local immunity, induces healing.
  • Baptisia - antiseptic, anti-bacterial.

Essential oils

  • Many essential-oil bearing plants are useful for stimulating the blood-flow to gums; they are also anti-bacterial (examples: peppermint, spearmint, fennel, cinnamon, sage, and thyme).

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