Brush Your Teeth the Wise Woman Way, Page 2

Monday, October 15, 2018 5:41 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

Brush Your Teeth the Wise Woman Way, contd.

My dentist said she could order an organic, essential-oil-free toothpaste from Germany. But it cost so much I figured it would be better to skip toothpaste altogether. (And she said that would actually be fine, as the brushing itself does the majority of the work.)  The druggist at the local pharmacy recommended hydrogen peroxide, and the bottle told me that it would “debride” my teeth. My neighbor said she preferred baking soda and sea salt. Both work well, but I dislike being a consumer and relying on stores to supply my needs.

I wondered which easy-to-find-or-grow herbs could be used for oral health and well-scrubbed teeth. Antibacterial herbs can help prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Astringent herbs can tighten gum tissues. Three herbs combine these properties and have a long history of use in oral health. Echinacea (Echinacea augustifolia, E. purpura), sage (Salvia officinalis), and yarrow (Achillea millefolium). 

A bottle of my own yarrow tincture, made in 100 proof vodka from fresh flowering plants (white flowers, not yellow or red), now resides in my bathroom. If yarrow doesn’t grow in your area, you can easily grow sage and make a 100 proof vodka tincture of the fresh leaves at any time. You can also easily grow echinacea and make a tincture of the fresh roots, but they have to be at least three years old before you can start your tincture. A drop or two of tincture on my toothbrush is all it takes. 

After brushing – with or without a dentifrice – a splash of pine needle, mint, rosemary, or sage vinegar in water makes a wonderful antibacterial mouth wash.
Even my dentist commented on the improvement in my oral health, especially the health of my gums, since I stop using toothpaste.

Green blessings are everywhere.





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