Teeth have always been a sensitive subject for me (pun intended!). I have a confession to make… I have Dentophobia- the fear of dentists. This stems from childhood and while I don’t have terrible teeth I'am always looking for the best way to take care of them.
One day, when I was having some tooth pain, a friend told me about Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Tooth & Gum Powder, and I got really excited. This launched my search for beneficial herbs for teeth. Since then, I've found an Ayurvedic Herbal Toothpaste from Auromere, and a Holistic Dental Therapeutic Rinse from Dr.H & Co called Heal.
Most of us know about cloves for toothaches, charcoal for whitening, and coconut oil pulling for overall health. But there's a myriad of other herbs that are good for teeth, who knew!
Here's a list of some herbs that are all helpful for teeth in some way. I encourage you to do your own research on the benefits of each herb, as well as how best to use them.
Indian Licorice Root
Indian Medlar/Bakula Tree
White Oak Bark
Bonus (because they're not herbs): Bentonite Clay and Hydrogen Peroxide
How to make Herbal Mouth Rinse or Paste
- Aloe Vera Juice for rinse
- Bentonite Clay for paste
- Distilled Water
Herbs: Include any or all of the following. You can use crushed, powdered, or whole herbs, however, powdered works best.
- 3 parts White Oak bark
- 3 parts Comfrey root
- 3 parts Peppermint leaves
- 3 parts Horsetail
- 1 part Prickly Ash Bark
- 1 Part Slippery Elm Bark
- 1 Part Cloves
- 1 part Bayberry
- 1 part Calendula
- 1 part Sage
- 1 part Thyme
- 1 part Plantain Leaf
- 1 part Rosemary
- 1 part Stevia Leaves
- 3 drops myrrh essential oil (per 8 oz)
- 2 drops tea tree oil (per 8 oz)
- 2 drops peppermint oil (per 8 oz)
- 2 teaspoons sea salt (per 8 oz)
- Place herbs and barks (not essential oils) into a pan on the stove.
- Pour in enough water to completely cover the herbs.
- Brings to a brisk boil, then reduce, let simmer for at least 30 minutes.
- Strain liquid through cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer. Add essential oils & salt.
- For rinse: combine the liquid with equal parts of aloe vera juice. Use 1-2 tablespoons for each rinse, spit out, do not swallow, and shake before use!
- For paste: combine the liquid with bentonite clay until it makes the desired consistency, then brush teeth as normal.
Store in a jar with a lid. Use within 7-10 days, longer in the refrigerator.