After learning how conventional mouthwash can do more harm than good, I began exploring natural alternatives to a clean, healthy mouth.
While taking the Farmacy workshop here in Providence, we had an entire class devoted to oral health that covered the herbs that have traditionally been used to support dental health. The foundation for healthy teeth and gums all starts with a healthy, limited sugar diet.
For my herbal mouthwash, I used 1 ounce each of dried:
Yarrow: Achillea millefolium- Aerial parts (leaves/ flowers) used.
- Alkaloids (achilleine)
- Salicylic acid
- Sesquiterpene lactones
- Volatile oil with variable content (linalool, camphor, sabinene, chamazulene)
Actions: Tonic, styptic, Astringent, Alterative, diuretic, aromatic, stomachic, stimulant, analgesic, antiseptic,
Body systems it supports: Digestive, Urinary, Skin, Circulatory, Immune system
Yarrow can be used for it’s essential oil, as a tea/infusion or fresh as a poultice or compress
Lavender: Lavandula angustifolia– ( known for it’s relaxing properties, this herb also aids in tissue repair and disinfection)
Parts used: flowers and essential oil
- Volatile oil (up to 3%) containing over 40 constituents, including linalyl acetate (30-60%), cineole (10%), linalool, nerol, borneol
Actions: Carminative, digestive,sedative, antiseptic, vulnerary ( great for burn, wounds or bug stings)
Body systems it supports: nervous system, digestive, skin.
Spilanthes: Acmella oleracea- Flowering aerial parts are used. Can be made into a poultice, tincture, infusion or mouthwash!
Actions: Anti-fungal, Antiviral, Antiseptic, Laxative, Anodyne (pain relief).
Body systems supported: Circulatory, Immune, Skin, Urinary, Digestive
It’s called the toothache plant because when you chew on the leaves or flowers it produces a numbing effect to the tongue and gums!
and 1 fluid oz of Myrrh tincture: which is the aromatic resin of a number of small, thorny tree species of the genus Commiphora–
Parts used: Gum resin, Essential oil.
Actions: Analgesic, anti-fungal, antibacterial, astringent, digestive, vulnerary (wound healing)
Body systems it supports: Circulatory, Digestive, Nervous system
+ 25% of Alcohol ( I used vodka) to preserve
Step 1: boil a pot of water containing about 4-6 cups of water, added the dried herbs and lowered the heat to low.
Step 2: let herbs simmer uncovered for 10-15 min, stirring occasionally ( at this point, the lavender smells AMAZING!)
Step 3: strain out herbs, squeezing out as much of the liquid as possible. Allow to cool.
Step 4: add in Myrrh and preserving alcohol ( which u could substitute with vinegar if desired)
Step 5: gargle 1-2 times a day and Enjoy!
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