Herbalism 101: Im making herbal mouthwash!

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After learning how conventional mouthwash can do more harm than good, I began exploring natural alternatives to a clean, healthy mouth.

Getting healthy teeth doesn't have to hurt!

Getting healthy teeth doesn’t have to hurt!

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.

Farmacy Herbs in Providence, RI

Farmacy Herbs in Providence, RI

For my herbal mouthwash, I used 1 ounce each of dried:

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium- Aerial parts (leaves/ flowers) used.

Medicinal properties:

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

Yarrow: in all the stages

Yarrow: in all the stages

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Lavender: Lavandula angustifolia– ( known for it’s relaxing properties, this herb also aids in tissue repair and disinfection)

Parts used: flowers and essential oil

Medicinal properties:

Actions: Carminative, digestive,sedative, antiseptic, vulnerary ( great for burn, wounds or bug stings)

Body systems it supports: nervous system, digestive, skin.

Lavender from farmacy herbs

Lavender from farmacy herbs

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Spilanthes: Acmella oleracea-  Flowering aerial parts are used. Can be made into a poultice, tincture, infusion or mouthwash!

Medicinal properties include:   The most important taste-active molecules present are fatty acid amides such as spilanthol, which is responsible for the trigeminal and saliva-inducing effects.

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!

herbal pop rocks!

herbal pop rocks!

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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.

Medicinal properties: contains volatile oil and resin

Actions: Analgesic, anti-fungal, antibacterial, astringent, digestive, vulnerary (wound healing)

Body systems it supports: Circulatory, Digestive, Nervous system

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Some folk lore: Myrrh was in ancient times worth its weight in gold, it was an extremely precious commodity.

+ 25% of Alcohol ( I used vodka) to preserve

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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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My summer with herbs...

My summer with herbs…

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