Using essential oils for gums to help keep your mouth healthy is an alternative to buying pre-made mouth care products. Even many toothpastes and mouthwashes on the market contain essential oils such as myrrh, eucalyptus, peppermint, and thyme, which studies have shown help fight bacteria.
One study concluded that evidence indicates using essential oils, in addition to standard oral care, helps reduce plaque and gingivitis compared to placebo or control.
Here's an all-purpose mouth rinse:
Mix the ingredients in a dark bottle.
To use, shake the bottle well and put 1/4 teaspoon of the blend in 1/8 cup water. Swish in your mouth for at least one minute. Do not swallow.
Source: Aromatherapy for Dummies
For bleeding gums, the Essential Oils Desk Reference recommends clove, geranium, wintergreen, cinnamon, peppermint, mountain savory, or myrrh essential oil.
Dilute one of the oils at least 50/50 with a carrier oil (more if you find the blend too strong) with carrier oil. Apply 1 to 2 drops of the blend to your gums 2 to 3 times a day.
For gingivitis, use the following mouth rinse:
After cleaning your teeth, rinse your mouth with 1 to 2 tablespoons of the blend. Do not swallow.
If you use oil pulling as part of your dental care routine, you can add essential oils to the oil. Here are two options:
Source: Essential Oils For Healing
I recommend Young Living essential oils.
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