Winning Smiles with Herbs
Sep 30, 2019 10:32AM
By Kathleen Gould and Madalyn Johnson
Years ago, while studying with herbalist Susun Weed, she made the
comment that 1 cup of strong high-quality herbal infusion (tea) has about 300 milligrams
(mg) of all the calcium, magnesium and other bone-building minerals, and
because these herbs are “foods,” those minerals are easy for the body to
- Put 1 oz of your chosen herb or herb blend in a quart-sized mason jar and fill with boiling water.
- Stir herbs in, so all plant material is covered and wet.
- Put lid on Mason jar and leave overnight to steep.
- In the morning, strain and drink throughout the day.
Commercial toothpaste can be toxic. Fluoride is not the only ingredient to avoid. Many commercial toothpastes include saccharine or aspartame, artificial dyes, sodium lauryl sulfate, and/or triclosan.
The great news is that you can make your own toothpowder
inexpensively and easily right in your own kitchen. Most toothpowders are made
with baking soda and high-quality mineral-rich sea salt as their base. You can
add goldenseal powder, myrrh gum powder (this herb is also slightly astringent
to tighten gums) and Echinacea powder for their antimicrobial properties, and
then perhaps a few drops of essential oil for taste. Some favorite essential
oils are peppermint, eucalyptus, cinnamon, clove, lemon, orange or rosemary.
Experiment with these alone or combine them to find the flavor you really
And mouthwash? Who doesn’t love the minty, tingly feeling your
mouth has after using a mouthwash? But these, too, can have ingredients we
don’t necessarily desire for good health. We like to make our own using simple
ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen or garden. Try this:
- Gather one large sprig of rosemary and put it in a pot of boiling water (a cup or two).
- Place a lid on top, reduce heat to medium and let simmer for 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let cool, always with the lid so as not to lose those volatile oils from the rosemary.
- When cooled, remove the rosemary sprig and pour into a glass jar, almost full.
- Add an essential oil of your choice (peppermint, tea tree, lemon, cinnamon, thyme, clove or eucalyptus) and about ½ tsp of vitamin C powder (be sure to use a good natural vitamin C).
- Put lid on and shake vigorously.
- Now you are ready to use this as you would a commercial mouthwash.
Why do we use rosemary as our base for this mouthwash? It has been used for centuries, thanks to its anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, not to mention its pain-relieving abilities. Along with one or two of the aforementioned essential oils, you can see how this mouthwash could be a big factor in keeping your mouth healthy … and kissable.
Being mindful of what we put on our body and in our mouth are two of the reasons we turn to herbs. Affordable, available, delicious and powerful, herbs are our number one choice for our oral health.
Kathleen Gould, registered herbalist, and Madalyn Johnson are proprietors of SW Herb Shop and Gathering Place. Gould has been an herbalist for 30-plus years and has extensive experience in herbal medicine. For more information, call 480-694-9931 or visit SWHerb.com or Store.SWHerb.com.