Proper brushing and flossing are essential for healthy teeth. The various mouthwash and toothpastes available in the market are sometimes laden with harmful chemicals. These products contain chemicals which might cause mouth ulcers. Hence it is better to use herbs also with these conventional products for complete and safe mouth care.
Top 12 herbs which are highly effective in mouth care are as follows:
Aloe (Aloe vera). With its soothing anti-inflammatory properties, aloe gel helps heal gum inflammation. If you have a fresh aloe vera plant, cut off a leaf, slice it, and apply the gel from the inner leaf directly to the affected area. You also can use pure bottled aloe vera gel.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) With soothing, anti-inflammatory properties, calendula helps heal irritated, tender gums. It also has mild antiseptic action. A cup of warm calendula tea is a simple mouth rinse for sore gums.
Clove (Syzygium aromaticum). Cloves are rich in eugenol, an excellent topical anesthetic. A toothache always warrants a visit to the dentist, but you can temporarily numb the pain with clove oil. Dip a cotton swab into clove essential oil or tincture and gently rub the painful tooth and gum with the oil or tincture.
Echinacea (Echinacea spp.). As a powerful immune-stimulating herb, echinacea helps combat infection. To help heal gum inflammation, add ½ teaspoon of liquid extract to ½ glass of tepid water, rinse your mouth and then swallow the mixture. Repeat three times a day until the infection subsides.
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis). Rich in astringent and antimicrobial compounds, goldenseal often is included in commercial toothpastes and mouthwashes. It’s helpful both for preventing and healing gum problems.
Myrrh (Commiphora spp.) is one of the best herbs for healing bleeding gums and mouth ulcers, and helps combat the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Add myrrh liquid extract to mouthwash or use powdered myrrh in a homemade toothpaste or poultice for healing gum
Neem (Azadirachta indica). Highly regarded for centuries in Ayurvedic healing as a premier antibacterial herb, neem is included in natural toothpastes and mouthwashes to help prevent plaque.
Oregon grape root (Mahonia spp.). With a high concentration of antimicrobial compounds, Oregon grape is excellent for helping to prevent and heal gum problems. Because of its astringent properties, Oregon grape also helps heal bleeding gums.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is a favorite ingredient in toothpastes and mouthwashes. Menthol, the ingredient responsible for the flavor of peppermint, is an excellent breath freshener. Add a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil to a glass of water or make a peppermint tea and use as a mouth rinse.
Sage (Salvia officinalis). The strong astringent properties of sage have made it a favorite herb for helping tighten the gums and soothe a sore mouth. A warm tea made from sage makes an excellent mouth rinse for helping heal the gums.
Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia). A potent antimicrobial, tea tree essential oil fights the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Add 3 drops of tea tree essential oil to ½ cup of tepid water and use as a mouth rinse.