Good Mouth Care the Herbal Way
There are many simple herbal tooth powder recipes that are so easy to follow. Just beginning is the hard part. Most health food stores will have all your ingredients or try Mountain Rose Herbs on-line.
Basic Tooth Powder Recipe:
Mix Equal parts of: Baking soda, Bentonite Clay powder, Myrrh powder, and Sea Salt powder (grind the salt in a clean coffee grinder for a minute to powder so it is less abrasive). I love adding Spearmint, Peppermint, or Fennel Essential Oil to up the flavor and the antimicrobial action. Add 30 drops per 1 cup of mixed powder. Sift the powders through a fine mesh sieve, including the essential oils to break them up because they form little beads of oil in the powders. Once combined well, spoon into a small glass jar, label, and you're ready. When you need to brush, pour a small amount in your hand, wet your toothbrush, and brush as usual. There are times when I add other powdered plants to this mix to up the re-mineralizing and healing properties of the blend.
Homemade Herbal Mouth Rinse
Yes, we still have options for supporting tooth and gum health. I’ve made this herbal based mouth rinse and given the recipe out for more than 20 years with great reports of great results. You begin by making a full strength tincture. When done, it has a few additions to ease the alcohol content but keep it stable and improve taste and healing properties. Those with alcohol dependency issues cannot use this remedy and so I suggest salt water gargles daily for them, which work great too. We have to tend more to the openings in our body that are more susceptible to microbes from the outer world. Here is another one for tending to the mouth.
Ingredients & Instructions:
- Make your tincture first. Start at step #2 if you're new to herbal medicine making. Easy! Pack a quart sized jar with equal parts of fresh Echinacea root and leaf, Horsetail, Sage leaf, Calendula flower, Yellowdock root (I’ve removed the Elecampane root because children hated the taste but you can add 1 part if your choose) For the more seasoned herbal people, you can start your tincture in the summer with the aerial parts harvested and later in the fall add the roots after fall harvest time.
- You can also get dried herbs instead and fill your jar ½ full of dried medicine plants. Buying 1oz. each of the dried herbs is plenty to make this recipe definitely once; possibly twice.
- Add vodka 100 proof, cover all herbs and fill the jar. Cap, label, and shake often for two months or more. This is your full strength tincture.
- Strain your full strength tincture through a fine mesh sieve and several layers of cheese cloth, re-bottle, and label well including what plants are in this plus your finishing instructions, which are the following steps. Place in your 'home apothecary' medicine area in your home.
- To mix your finished product, measure out 10oz. of Distilled Water (available in pharmacy) into a large measuring cup with a pour spout or a pitcher will do.
- Add 5oz. of your finished tincture, 2oz of vegetable glycerin (health food stores have this) and stir gently.
- You can bottle for use just like this or add 30 drops of Spearmint essential oil and 10 drops of Tea Tree Essential oil for increasing flavor and antimicrobial strength.
- Save your full strength tincture for making your next bottle of rinse. Store away from light and heat.
- Taste and swish! Find the perfect glass bottle to pour into and enjoy! Remember to label. Yes, you can add this to a water pic to get deeper into the gum areas if needed. Suggested use is twice daily after brushing.
Your yield for 1 batch of full strength tincture? I estimate you can make FIVE 17oz. bottles of finished mouth rinse! Maybe six depending on the dried versus fresh herbs you get. Yes, it's Earth and body friendly, effective, and very cost effective too.
May you find simple, powerful healing among the medicine plants like so many have. The plants wait for us and are gifted medicine keepers we have evolved on. Each of us must come in our own time back to some of the simpler ways of tending to our health.
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