DIY Herbal Mouthwash to Heal The Gums

Learn how to heal the gums after dental work or injury with this herbal mouthwash!

You all, I have not been to the dentist in several years. And boy have I paid for it these past few weeks. I’ve known for a long, long time that I had teeth that needed dental attention, but I have been the biggest procrastinator about it. I make sure my girls have their regular visits, but who has time to take care of mom? Anyone else have that problem?

So a few weeks ago I finally made an appointment to hear just how bad things were, hoping I could at least save my teeth. I ended up having to have minor laser surgery on 3 of my teeth because the decay was so deep. So the laser surgery did a number on my gums, not to mention the dental assistant was incredibly rough. I thought at one point that she dislocated my jaw. Needless to say, my gums were incredibly raw and in rough shape. The only way I know to describe them was that they looked like white shredded meat. The dentist said that it was like having a scab in the mouth. 

It was at least 3 days before I thought of herbs. Why I forgot to use herbs right away when I have shelves of dried herbs readily available, I do not know. I suddenly had one of those light bulb moments that perhaps I had some herbs on hand that could speed up the healing process. And they did just that! I woke up one morning after using this herbal mouthwash a few times the day before and found that my gums were much less white and were improved greatly. I did not at all expect to see results so quickly. Each morning after using the mouth wash, my gums were so greatly improved and the white was completely gone in just a few days. Before using the mouth wash, my gums were raw and shredded and I did not see any improvement. I have every confidence that this mouthwash greatly sped up the healing process.

I rummaged through my shelves, and these are the herbs I chose for this mouth wash:

  • Calendula – fights inflammation and bacteria; soothes tender gums
  • Rose Petals – has astringent properties that help mouth sores
  • Echinacea – antibacterial
  • Chamomile – reduces inflammation and soothes the nerves
  • Cloves – kills bacteria and reduces pain

DIY Herbal Mouthwash to Heal The Gums

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix herbs together in container.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of herbs to pan of boiling water.
  3. Cover pan, remove from heat.
  4. Steep herbs for 10 minutes.
  5. Strain
  6. Swish mouth for a minute or so and spit.

If you wish to only use one herb, I would recommend calendula. You can buy it right here on Amazon.

DIY Herbal Mouthwash to Heal The Gums
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Ingredients
  1. 1 part Calendula
  2. 1 part Rose Petals
  3. 1 part Chamomile
  4. 1/2 part Echinacea
  5. 1/4 part Cloves
Instructions
  1. Mix herbs together in container.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of herbs to pan of boiling water.
  3. Cover pan, remove from heat.
  4. Steep herbs for 10 minutes.
  5. Strain
  6. Swish mouth for a minute or so and spit.
  7. Use it 3 times a day until healed.
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Home Remedies For Toothaches

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 Some find themselves at the emergency room with a toothache – they can be very painful!  Toothaches normally happen on the weekend when you can’t make it to the dentist, don’t they?  What can you do from home to help your aching teeth?

Here are some ideas to try:
*Dip a chamomile tea bag (needs to be straight chamomile and not a mixture of herbs) into boiling water to release the oils.  Let it cool enough to touch.  Apply this tea bag to the tooth to relieve pain and repeat as necessary.
*Bruise a handful of anise seeds with a cup or mortar and pestle.  Steep in boiling water 10 minutes.  Strain and drink tea.
*Steep 1 Tbs. Calendula flowers in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes.  Strain flowers and swish tea through the mouth.
*A few drops of clove oil placed on the tooth has a numbing effect and will kill bacteria.
*Place a clove of garlic on toothache.  This may burn, but will relieve pain and kill infection.
*1/4 tsp. salt mixed with 1/4 tsp. of pepper and placed on the aching tooth has helped my children!
*Place a few drops of tea tree oil on teeth

What are remedies you’ve had success with for toothaches?

 
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