While keeping a clean mouth is important for having pleasant-smelling breath, it’s also imperative for maintaining our overall good health. Oral health has been linked to a variety of diseases and conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and even Alzheimer’s. Bacteria can build up in the mouth and using a good toothpaste to control them is critical but many mainstream toothpastes contain harsh chemicals, preservatives and fluoride such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and parabens which are potentially toxic.
Herbal toothpastes contain extracts of Myrrh, Clove, which contains eugenol which is a naturally occuring anti-septic, and Chamomile to help prevent irritation, fight bacteria and maintain oral health. Peppermint and Spearmint are also often used to give your breath lasting freshness.
Latin name: Commiphora molmol
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Make a bacteria-fighting mouthwash with Myrrh by steeping one teaspoon of powdered Myrrh (this can be made by crushing resin peas with a pestle) and one teaspoon of boric acid in one pint of boiling water…
Aloe Vera Toothpaste
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This Urtekram toothpaste has a high content of aloe vera, because it helps protect your gums and provides them with some additional care. Also includes Myrrh…
Latin name: Syzgium aromaticum
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Clove oil or just a chewing a whole clove can be applied directly to the gum for temporary relief from tooth pain before seeing a dentist because it contains high levels of eugenol which is a naturally occuring anti-septic and anesthetic.