Family aromatherapy oral hygiene

An appetizer with essential oils

The mouth is often the seat of discomfort such as bad breath, canker sores, wounds following bites, cavities, fungus, or even gum problems (gingivitis or periodontitis). In all cases, the bacterial, immune and circulatory dimensions are often involved, and essential oils are particularly effective in these three registers, so they are allies of shock in everyday life to prevent, maintain or even treat the ills of the mouth.

Some writers speak of the mouth as the “temple of the soul”. This is a rather unexpected term, and yet the oral cavity is indeed a rich area of ​​meaning, functions, symbols and expressions of body aches. PH and bacteria balance, receiving and evacuation interface area. Swallowing, rendering, grinding, but also talking, breathing and smiling, these are all functions, for some vital, which are incumbent on the mouth.

Area of ​​pleasure or displeasure, it is the seat of olfactory and taste sensations. This tool of expression, nutrition, perception and breathing can even announce certain pathologies. Researchers at Yale University School of Medicine have shown that lung disease is often preceded by a change in the oral bacterial population. That subjects with gum problems had a higher than average mortality rate from pneumonia.

The mouth, a balance to respect

Oral hygiene products are numerous and always announce more efficiency in fresh breath and prevention of tooth decay. In general, against the bad breath, the molecules mask the bad smells and their effects fade quickly after their use. In fact, in most cases, bad breath is due to the proliferation of bacteria such as Porphyromonas gingival is, Fusobacterium nucleate or Streptococcus mutants.

It is important to respect the integrity of the oral flora, which is why an antiseptic or antibiotic treatment does not work and upsets the ecology of the system. They are also recommended for periods of cure and not every day in the long term.

Essential oils have a formidable property that keeps a certain mystery, that of respecting the balance of the environments on which they are located. Take the example of Escherichia coli. It is in the physiological state in the intestine, but on the other hand is at the origin of cystitis when it migrates in the urinary system.

Treatments based on essential oils (oregano, tea tree, clove…) will be very effective in dealing with an urinary E. coli infection, but will spare this bacterial population that is in the intestinal lumen. This superior intelligence goes well beyond the understanding and logic of allopathic medicine. Even if it is not possible today to explain it, we can see it.

What give essential oils a supplement of soul which brings them an obvious therapeutic effectiveness always being in the respect and the search for the harmony of the vital processes?

A bio-aromatic synergy

Aromatic active ingredients have real physiological properties when they are found naturally in the plant. This is why cooking with aromatic herbs can support all major systems of the body. In a spirit of prevention, it’s a great help. Man, by distilling the aromatic plant, proceeds to a concentration of all these assets and thus isolates the essential oil which becomes a real tool with therapeutic aim. For example, mozzarella tomatoes should be seasoned with nearly 300 grams of basil to achieve the same effectiveness as a drop of basil essential oil.

On the other hand, to perfect the power of aromatherapy, the combination of several essential oils between them makes it possible to constitute what is called a synergy. Combining molecules of different origins and origins makes it possible not to add the therapeutic values ​​of each essential oil but to potentiate them. Synergy also makes it possible to meet several therapeutic requirements.

For example, that of daily oral care and brings refreshing effects with spearmint (very fresh and lighter than peppermint) to lighten the breath. It also has anti-inflammatory properties with the synergy of spearmint and helichrysum, they will be able désenflammer small lesions and relieve swollen gums. The restorative aspect of Italian helichrysum may even help to heal wounds that are difficult to close.

This synergy can claim to help the problem of periodontitis, this degenerative pathology of the gum, during which the gums retract to disappear and bring a loosening of all the teeth. Aromatherapy can help and slow down this process. The essential oil of Italian helichrysum, also called immortal, applied daily, restores the tissues and improves little by little the integrity of the micro vascular network.

Thujene thyme essential oil is a great complement to this activity by stimulating microcirculation and reducing blood and nutrients. A final dimension that of the antibiotic activity is provided particularly by thujanol thyme and tea tree. These two essential oils help maintain the ecology of the system, preserving a healthy and balanced bacterial flora.

Sesame, sovereign for oral hygiene

The sesame oil is used for thousands of years in Ayurveda medicine in oral care referred to. It has remarkable properties on the bacteria responsible for caries: Streptococcus mutants. Its activity has been scientifically supported and compared to that of chlorhexidine (present in the majority of hygiene products for the mouth). This one is more durable and less aggressive for the mucosa. Chlorhexidine is today the most recommended active for oral hygiene because of its broad spectrum of action.

However, its daily use is very controversial. It is at the origin of hypersensitivity of the oral mucosa and especially a factor aggravating stomatitis and gingivitis. The sesame oil seems to be an interesting alternative. The principle is to make a daily mouthwash by passing the oil in every nook and cranny of the oral cavity. The oil is deposited on the enamel and protects it from sugar attack, additional interest in the prevention of tooth decay. Its association with essential oils lends itself particularly well, because of the miscibility of essential oils in vegetable oils.

Clove: a soothing scent

The smell and flavor of cloves are well known to dentists. Its essential oil provides a tool of remarkable power and unequaled among the products of natural origin with regard to its analgesic efficacy. In fact, this pain-killing activity goes even further, bringing to the zone that receives it an anesthetic effect that can overcome the most violent pains. Nature is doing things well, clove essential oil has cauterizing properties, and that is to say it has the ability to seal damaged vessels to stop a bleed or close a wound, and also remove any risk of infection.

We understand the success that this essential oil wins for dentists. Its phenolic nature (contains more than 80% eugenic) however gives it an important dermocausticity that makes its use on the skin and mucous membranes contraindicated in its pure state. To use it is useful to dilute it in other essential oils like the tea tree or the laurel and / or the peppermint.

For example, make the following mixture in a bottle of 5 or 10 ml: clove essential oil 1 ml, tea tree 2 ml, laurel 2 ml, peppermint 1 ml and drop 1 to 2 drops of the mixture on the painful area (mouth ulcers, caries, and abscesses) 4 to 6 times a day, for 2 to 3 days. The tea tree and the noble laurel complete the antibiotic spectrum and the peppermint by its icicles effect enhances the anesthetic and decongestant effect. To use for all the pains in the oral cavity, whatever their origin (wounds, infections, ulcerations …) and their localization (teeth, gums, tongue …)

The tea tree: squarely white teeth

The whiteness of the teeth is a very popular element of marketing pressure, and this claimed luster is the guarantor of freshness, beauty and good health. There is an essential oil whitening properties on dental enamel that can be used safely: the essential oil of tea tree. With each brushing, the surface of the teeth is particularly smooth, and over time, they whiten. Add 1 drop of pure tea tree essential oil daily to toothpaste to improve the whiteness of your teeth. Fill in with a drop of essential oil of spearmint or peppermint to have fresh breath. You can also opt for a mouthwash with 1 drop of mint essential oil in half a glass of water.