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My clients have shown me that teeth and gum problems are some of the easiest problems to remedy with simple applications of herbs. Now, since some of these may be related to bone health, please also visit that section.
Plaque is a sign of poor digestion so for the long term it would be important to address digestive issues. (Usually there is insufficient HCl in the stomach due to stress or acid blockers). Removing plaque is quite simple to do at home. Just brush your teeth with Black Walnut (#90-8) powder. Instructions are given below. Your dentist will be amazed. No really.
Tooth Pain is also nicely remedied by the White Oak Bark Tea Bag (Instructions are given below.) It even helps pain that results from jacked braces or other trauma to the teeth. Of course, any trauma should be addressed immediately with Distress Remedy which everyone, especially every parent should have on hand. Then apply the White Oak Bark Tea Bag over the gum area over night. You will be amazed.
Tooth Infection or Abscess can be relieved by the White Oak Bark Packet, but instead of White Oak Bark powder, empty 2 capsules of IN-X (#1220-1) and follow the same instructions given below. The IN-X can be taken orally as well 5 – 2X/day to help the whole body resolve the infection.
Along this same line, essential oils are very effective not only for the pain of infection and abscesses but also for other untoward conditions discovered on x-ray such as necrotic conditions. Do this before submitting to the ‘only options’ the dentist may know of. In a small jar place 1 tablespoon of oil (grape seed, rice bran or other light oil). Add 2 drops of Wild Sweet Thyme, 2 drops of Wild Myrrh, and 1 drop of Clove Bud. Cut a small strip of cotton flannel or old cotton T-shirt 1/2″ x 3″ and dip it into the EO mixture and squeeze it out. Place it between the cheek and gum and keep it there overnight. (This also helps when the sinuses seem to be involved along with the upper teeth.)
Often an abscess will form with poor lymphatic drainage of the head. Palpate under the jaw and down the neck on the involved side to see if you can locate the stoppage. I have had this situation resolve many times with the application of the PEMF device.
Repairing enamel. There is some anecdotal evidence that the White Oak Bark re-calcifies the teeth and bones in the mouth. My personal experience is that brushing with Devil’s Claw (#255-9) regularly repairs dental enamel (used like Black Walnut powder below). However, the 1st thing to monitor is the saliva pH because it makes no sense to rebuild what you are continually tearing down. The document on pH has more info on this. You need to spit on a pH strip first thing in the morning. The color of the strip SHOULD turn from yellow (pH of 5.0) to dark green (pH from 6.5 to 7.0). If this is not happening, you need to do the Gentle Liver Cleanse for 2-3 months or until your pH gets at least above 6.0.
Whitening the teeth Again there is anecdotal evidence that brushing with Parsley (#490-9) will whiten teeth.
The gums are a nice indicator of heart health. If they are grey/bluish, it means the heart is not getting enough oxygen (Cardio Assurance (#553-2) 2B, 2D ). If they bleed easily, the vasculars may be weakened (Bilberry Concentrate 3B, 3D or Rosehips 3B, 3D). If they are bright red it means there is inflammation (check Adrenals) and do Rosehips 3B, 3D.
Receding Gums/Loose Teeth are also easy to remedy. The underlying cause is that you are not sufficiently nourishing yourself so address digestion and blood supply as more serious problems develop without these. In the mean time, do the Black Walnut brushing (Instructions are given below) for a week to thoroughly clean the teeth of plaque and reduce inflammation. We want to replace the gums over clean plaque-free teeth. This alone may help some people. But serious cases need to do the White Oak Bark (#730-7) in a tea bag (Instructions are given below.) It is also important to STOP using chemical mouth washes that damage the gums…like Listerine.
Brushing with Black Walnut Powder
Black Walnut powder is useful for removing plaque from the teeth and it is also an excellent astringent for loose gums. This procedure can give your teeth the nice clean feeling that you get from the dentist’s office after a cleaning.
Empty about 1/3 of a capsule into your palm. Wet the toothbrush; dip it in the powder and brush for about 30 seconds. You can swallow the herbal powder (it’s good for you – not so for toothpaste) or spit it out. After about 30 seconds of gentle brushing, rinse the teeth so as to remove as much of the black walnut powder as possible from the mouth and the rinse water is clear. Finish by using a very little smear of toothpaste to suds your teeth to remove any remaining black walnut powder. This can be done everyday for four days, then 2X/week for a month, then 1X/week or as needed to remove plaque and tighten the gums. The only caution is not to leave the black walnut powder on the teeth too long because it can stain teeth if it is left on for 15 minutes or longer. Also, be cautious to use good black walnut powder. This herb often goes on the shelves with high levels of E. Coli since it is often harvested from the ground. Use NSP’s Black Walnut (#90-8) to avoid this.
White Oak Bark Packet
This old naturopathic tooth pain remedy has many applications. White Oak Bark has
natural compounds called tannins that tighten loose or swollen tissue. There is also much anecdotal evidence that both teeth, and the jaw that holds them, can be re-calcified by White Oak Bark. This is probably due to its high calcium, manganese and zinc content.
To try this for yourself, take the empty tea bag and cut it in half. Empty 2 capsules of White Oak Bark (#730-7) into each half of the empty tea bag. Dip the tea bags into boiled (NOT microwaved) water for a few minutes (as though
beginning to make a tea) to wet and break down the bark powder. (If you have serious gum deterioration you can add 1 drop of essential oil of Myrrh (#3939-3) onto the moistened powder after soaking. The Myrrh retards the deterioration of tissue which is why it was used for embalming. For infection/abscess, essential oils of Bergamot (#3900-5) and Lavender (#3907-8) 3 drops of each are added. Fold all the flaps of the tea bag to one side and
then place the other side next to the gum (inside the cheek). The two half bags can both be placed on the same side – upper and lower, or, both on either the top or bottom according to the location of the problem. Tuck them in the pocket between the cheek and gum and then press them in place from the outside of the mouth. They should stay put whilst sleeping. Do this at night and leave the tea bags in overnight. Notice the gum placement 1st thing in the morning. Repeat this 2-3X/week or until
the tooth pain is gone. A great improvement is usually seen in one night with all kinds of tooth pain.
Dipping the herb in the hot water breaks down the cellulose which helps to release its ‘principle’ and make the herb more available, so allow at least 1 minute to soak in the hot water.
This astringing and pain relieving action of White Oak Bark can also be used for hemorrhoids. Follow the same procedure with the tea bag but apply the tea bag to the hemorrhoids and leave on overnight. Again, the simpler application is to just insert the whole capsule like a suppository and leave in all night (use a little olive oil if lubrication is necessary). The gelatin capsule completely dissolves in contact with any moisture. If this does not bring relief then do the tea bag instead of the capsule.
Consider this…..I have learned more from very sick people than I have from double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over studies. My sick clients taught me how to get them well - things that even my teachers didn't know. I have such smart clients.
** Important Warning **Nothing on this site is FDA approved. Nothing I say is intended to be medical advice. Follow my recommendations at your own risk. Results may vary, and blah, blah, blah. So if the required warnings have not scared you away, then you have a chance. I'm reporting here what kinds of approaches actually helped very sick people get well, AND the kinds of things that actually made them sick (and it usually isn't their diet, lack of exercise, weight, menopause or smoking - it is the underlying cause of all those things.)
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