Monday, May 14, 2007

Caring for your teeth with herbs

I have been learning alot about herbs lately. Trying to learn as much as I can. I thought it would be fun to post an herb and what it does once a week. With the subject of teeth being in our home lately. I thought it would be fitting to write about the herbs that benefit your teeth and gums.

Alfalfa
The name alfalfa means "Father of all Foods." It has been called the King of plants because it is extremely rich in vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, chlorine, sodium, potassium, silicon, and trace elements. A good source of carotene (Vitamin A) and a little known vitamin – Vitamin K, the blood clotting vitamin which has been known to help peptic ulcers. Has eight of the essential amino acids and the highest chlorophyll content of any plant. Prevents tooth decay and helps rebuild decayed teeth, contains natural fluorides.

Sage
The fresh leaves, rubbed on the teeth, will cleanse them and strengthen the gums.

St John Wort
Priest & Priest tell us that it is a sedative nervine for muscular twitching and uncontrolled movements, being especially indicated for nerve injuries to the extremities and teeth/gums.

Catnip
Used for babies and young children for colic, stomach pains, teething and fevers. Helps clean out mucus in the body.

Lobelia
Extract is good to rub on gums of teething baby.

Oatstraw
Is an excelent source of the major minerals, which help strengthen bones and teeth.

3 comments:

Elise said...

Great info, Audrey! Thanks!

runningtothecross said...

I use alfalfa for nursing & pregnancy. Alfalfa actually helps promote your milk supply when you are nursing (it is what you give your dairy goats, as well). It helps to build up your iron count in your blood, too...when you are anemic.

Chlorophyll from alfalfa is used as an internal deoderant, also.

Personally, I love the stuff because it is soooo good for you!!!

I have also used a catnip/fennel tincture for colic in babies. It helps adults too.

Great info!!!
Blessings!
Heather

Susan said...

These are some great ones! I've been working on an article about teeth myself for a couple of weeks and will try to get it up on my blog in the near future.

I came across you blog by accident and I'm going to link it to my blog.

Hugs & Blessings!
Susan

Oh that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! Duet 5:29