Essential oils can be used in oral hygiene in a number of ways. Many are, of course, used to flavor toothpaste and mouthwashes, but some have traditional uses that have therapeutic value as well. For instance, chewing on a clove or using a diluted solution of clove oil can relieve toothaches.
The common oils uses for flavoring are mint, fennel, and cinnamon, but many other oils can be used if they are pure, meaning they are free of chemical contaminants and properly distilled using CO2 or steam. For flavor, peppermint would, of course, be the most familiar, but lavender is a bit more exotic and has many benefits as well. It can, of course, be blended with peppermint.
Cinnamon is often used as a bactericide or for lowering blood sugar. It is also antifungal and antimicrobial. It is irritating and should not be used on skin; however, it can be used to purify air and reduce risks from airborne pathogens. It can also be used as a flavoring or to relieve abdominal bloating and flatulence. It combines exceptionally well with orange essential oil.
Contents: steam distilled essential oil of organic Cinnamomum burmannii bark.
Clove Bud Essential Oil, organic, 5 ml
Clove bud oil is most commonly used for tooth aches but is very antimicrobial and antifungal. It is an excellent respiratory and cardiovascular aid. There is some research suggesting it normalizes thyroid function. If diluted (1% essential oil), clove oil can be used on the skin for acne, warts, scars, and parasites. It blends well with basil and cinnamon as well as lavender.
Frankincense is mainly used to reduce inflammation, but it can also be applied to scars or added to drinking water to reduce the risk of parasitic infections. It is considered to be so spiritually elevating that it relieves depression. It improves breathing and promotes relaxation of a soothing and harmonizing quality. Though mainly used ritually, recent research has found significant uses in the treatment of cancer and diseases of the reproductive system and urinary tract. It is non-irritating and blends well with lavender and lemon.
Fennel has a fragrance similar to licorice taste and is very popular in India and parts of Europe. It"s aromatic and relaxing. It is used to detoxify and strengthen the liver, relieve colic and spasms, promote healthy digestion and assimilation of nutrients, and cleanse the mouth after eating. It is antibacterial and antifungal. Some believe it promotes hormonal balance. The oil is made from the seeds and is non-toxic and non-irritating, but it should not be used during pregnancy. Despite its reputation for being estrogenic, it is anticarcinogenic and chemoprotective.
Lavender is one of the best known essential oils. It was added to bath water in Roman times and is associated with both cleanliness and deeper forms of hygiene, such as wound care, including serious abscesses. It is antispasmodic and soothing and is believed to lower high blood pressure and relieve headaches. It is non-toxic and non-irritating and blends well with lemon and peppermint when taken to reduce spasms and relax nerves.
Lavender essential oil can be added to shampoo and/or conditioner — approximately one drop per ounce — as well as to ice cream, cheesecake, and rice pudding and many other culinary dishes. It imparts nuance and interest and lengthens the shelf life of the foods, but a little is better than too much.
Contents: certified organic steam distilled essential oil of Lavendula angustifolia from Bulgaria.
Wild Oregano Essential Oil, organic, 5 ml.
Wild oregano oil is one of the truly important essential oils. It is an excellent parasiticide and is anti-infective and antifungal. It supports immunity in the face of a host of microbes and toxins. It is very potent and is nearly always used diluted, particularly when applied externally. It should not be used during pregnancy. It can be blended with other essential oils or herbal extracts. Try it with lemon.
Contents: certified organic, full strength, steam distilled essential oil of Origanum vulgare.
Peppermint Essential Oil, organic, 5 ml.
Peppermint is famous essential oil. It is a neurotonic and chologogue with signficant antimicrobial action. It is antibacterial and antiviral as well as antifungal. It is useful in cases of gingivitis, toothache, nausea, liver congestion, and irritable bowel syndrome. It enhances immunity and can even be used to reduce risks of epidemics such as cholera and yellow fever.
On the subtle level, peppermint is believed to increase receptivity and insight and even to promote the ability to prophesize. Obviously, there is much lore surrounding peppermint. In moderation, peppermint is nontoxic and even safe for use during pregnancy. It blends nicely with lemon and lime or other respiratory oils such as eucalyptus.
Guaiac is a very thick oil that is distilled from pieces of wood and sawdust. It is highly aromatic and because it is inexpensive, it is often used to impart character to cosmetic products. Though it is not technically Lignun vitae, the source of guaiacum, it is so similar that it is often substituted when used medicinally. It has traditionally been used to treat diseases caused by spirochetes. It is also often used to treat arthritis, which in many cases may be due to parasitic or spirochete infection. The oil is very thick but pours easily if warmed.
Contents: steam distilled essential oil of Bulnesia sarmientoi wood.
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