When you inhale the beautiful aroma of lavender or bergamot, rose or lemongrass, you’ve breathed in essential oils. Aromatherapists call these oils the life force of the plant; a gift from nature and an avenue to holistic health. Yet oils are even more than aroma — let’s look at a few simple ways to use traditional medicine oils in the bathroom.
Essential oils enhance flossing
The oral microbiome is the vast community of microbes that live within your mouth. When helpful bugs thrive, a healthy balance is maintained. However, when harmful bugs flourish, they can sneak in between the teeth resulting in cavities, inflammation and pain. Some, like Porphyromonas gingivalis (PG), can cause the jaw to lose bone and teeth to fall out. 1https://bmcoralhealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1472-6831-14-89
Certain essential oils have been shown to destroy nasty microbes, including PG. 2https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27790572/
Smart Floss, which contains cardamom oil (an antibacterial oil also known for freshening breath), gently removes up to 55% more plaque than regular flosses. Activated Charcoal Floss, in its award-winning packaging, is a vegan floss that incorporates lemongrass oil, licorice and curcuma xanthorrhiza extract.
Essential oils to keep your toothbrush fresh
You can also use these powerful natural cleaners to help keep your toothbrush hygienic. Toothbrushes are often left in the open, exposed to particles from each toilet flush, or exposed to mold or humidity-loving bacteria. DrTung’s Toothbrush Protection delivers essential oil vapors directly to your toothbrush bristles, halts exposure to unsavory bathroom entities and safely keeps bristles fresh.
Oil pulling with botanicals and oil
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice traditionally used for oral care and holistic health. Research shows remarkable benefits: this habit is as effective as chlorhexidine (a much-touted conventional chemical) at reducing plaque-induced gingivitis, without any staining3http://www.ijdr.in/article.asp?aulast=Asokan&epage=51&issn=0970-9290&issue=1&spage=47&volume=20&year=2009 or indiscriminately killing good bacteria.
Our Oil Pulling Concentrate is an Ayurvedic blend of wild harvested herbs prepared in the preferred pulling oil, organic sesame oil. Where other products take shortcuts, we focus on the best that traditional medicine wisdom has to offer.
Place in your mouth and swish for five to 15 minutes. Then spit out, rinse, and you’re done.
Oils and herbs for healing gums
Bad breath, tender and swollen gums, and loose teeth are signs of a gum disease that affects almost one in two adults over the age of 30.4https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/conditions/periodontal-disease.html. Traditional medicine is again up to the task.5https://aap.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1902/jop.2008.070622. Clove, cardamom, turmeric and other plants contain ingredients that are said to work therapeutic wonders against many bacteria that damage teeth and gums.
Experiment to find a blend you love or choose a product specifically designed to help support gum tissue. REJUV™ for gums has been formulated with 24 plants and herbs to help with many gum conditions and leave the mouth fresh and revitalized.
Traditional remedies offer a natural way to enhance your oral care and total health. Essential oils and herbs smell divine, are easily available, and offer targeted therapy. Your mouth and body will thank you!