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Mouthwashes and Gargles
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.

Aromatherapy mouth treatments are helpful for a variety of problems, including mouth ulcers and gum disease. They can also be used on a daily basis for oral hygiene. Oils such as myrrh, rose, and tea tree are good for gingivitis, while cypress and tea tree oils can help heal and prevent bleeding gums. Myrrh, basil, bergamot, and tea tree oils are helpful for healing mouth ulcers.

The appropriate oils can be used either as a mouthwash/gargle or in oil for a gum massage.

To make a mouthwash, dissolve 3 to 5 drops of oil into a teaspoon of vodka, and then stir the mixture into a half-cup of warm distilled water. You may want to add a drop of peppermint oil to your recipe to improve the flavor. After brushing your teeth, or as needed, swish the mouthwash around in your mouth. To supplement the mouthwash, you may use a gum-massage oil. In a glass bottle with a dropper, mix one-fourth of an ounce of carrier oil with 20 to 25 drops of the desired essential oils, including 1 drop of peppermint or fennel for flavor. Before each use, turn the bottle upside down several times to mix, and then rub a few drops onto your gums.

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