ORAL HYGEINE, TOOTHACHES and ESSENTIAL OILS

by Penny Keay

Gums and Oral Health
The world is obsessed with sweet smelling breath. But then again, we should be.

Oral health can indicate the health of your entire body. If you have healthy gums and teeth, your over all health is generally pretty good too.

If you have poor teeth and gums, you should seek medical attention and review your overall diet and nutrition.

What to do when you have the occasional sore gum or tooth? There are several essential oils known to help with many oral and gum problems. Simply add to a couple ounces of warm water and rinse or and gargle several times a day.

A Simple refreshing mouth wash
Lemon - 4 drops
Peppermint - 2 drops
Add to 2 cups distilled water, Shake well before each use. Swish a mouthful for about 1 minute and spit out.

This is an interestingly, yet refreshing mouth rinse.

Therapeutic Gum Oil
Myrrh - 6 drops
Tea Tree - 10 drops
Peppermint - 1 drop
Lemon - 3 drops
Almond oil - 1 teaspoon

After brushing your teeth and rinsing your mouth with mouthwash. Mix together the above recipe. Apply a small amount on your gums once a day, If the source of irritation, or gums do not heal, please see your dentist.

Therapeutic Breath Freshing Mouthwash
Myrrh - 2 drops
Tea Tree - 2 drops
Peppermint - 1 drop
4 to 8 Ounces distilled water.

Mix together and swish about a 1/2 ounce in your mouth after brushing your teeth or after eating as needed.

Blend well in a Plastic PET or glass bottle. Shake well before using.

Toothache

Oooo - Owwww!  Nothing is more annoying and painful than tooth or gum pain.  Everyone at one time or another can either have a tooth that is painful or painful gums around a tooth.

Don't you just hate it when the tooth brush slips and you jab your gums?   Next thing you know you have a very painful spot in your mouth.  

Rinsing your mouth with warm water with a drop or two of an essential oil may help to speed the healing and to relieve the pain. 

The following oils can be used in a mouth rinse: Myrrh, German Chamomile, Peppermint and Tea Tree.   Simply add 1-2 drops to about 2 ounces warm water and swish around your mouth. This can be repeated several times a day if needed.

Clove oil is often times used for toothaches. Myrrh is the most commonly used essential oil for mouth sores. 

To use Clove oil, dilute in a small amount of a carrier oil add a drop to a cotton ball or swab and apply to the affected tooth, or press against the gum around the affected tooth.

To use Myrrh for mouth sores, mix 1-2 drops in a small amount of warm water and rinse the mouth several times a day. 

Another remedy for a Toothache put one drop Peppermint and 1 drop Roman Chamomile in 2 ounces of warm water. Soak a small cotton ball and apply the solution soaked cotton to the affected area or tooth in the mouth.

Toothache Oil
Carrier oil - 1 tablespoon (such as Sweet Almond or Sunflower)
Tea tree - 6 drops
Roman Chamomile - 4 drops
Myrrh - 2 drops
Peppermint - 2 drops
Place all oils in clean container, shake to blend. Apply 1 drop on aching tooth and surrounding gum.

© Penny Keay 2004, 2005, 2013

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