Herbal treatments for tooth and gum problems as recommended by herbalist Maria Treben

Dental abscesses

  • calendula ointment
  • fresh cow parsnip leaves dressing
  • horsetail poultices
  • Swedish Bitters2

Gumboils

  • bedstraw tea
  • sage tea

Bleeding gums

  • sage tea
  • horsetail
  • gum massage with fresh lemon juice

Gum inflammation (gingivitis)

  • horsetail
  • St John's wort tea
  • walnut leaves decoction (as mouthwash)
  • Swedish Bitters2

Loose teeth, receding gums

  • rinse and massage with herbal mixture (cold infusion) of oak bark, lady's mantle, sage and knotgrass
  • sage tea (as gargle and poultice)

    Bad breath (halitosis)

    As discussed in Bad breath (halitosis): simple rinses and home remedies, there are many possible causes (and Maria Treben suggests to get a doctor's diagnosis before beginning self-treatment).

    • if caused by tonsillitis, gargle with sage tea
    • if caused by mouth ulcers, use bedstraw tea or myrrh tincture in water
    • if caused by nasal secretions, sniff lukewarm sage tea into nostrils
    • try neutralizing bad breath by slowly sipping water with a few drops of elderberry or juniper oil or by chewing dill seeds

    Infections (of teeth, mouth, throat)

    • camomile tea
    • sage poultices
    • sage tea (for rinsing and gargling)
    • Swedish Bitters2 (incl. as poultices)

    Pulpal inflammation

    • sage tea

    Dry mouth

    • mallow tea (malva vulgaris) (for gargling and rinsing)

      Stomatitis (sore mouth)

      • agrimony tea
      • horsetail tea
      • sage tea
      • mallow tea (malva vulgaris)
      • walnut leaves decoction (as mouthwash)

      Tongue blisters

      • (eg caused by eating food that is too hot) Swedish Bitters2

        Tooth extraction after-treatment3

        • Lady's mantle tea ("one of the best remedies, after rinsing a few times wound heals within a day")

        Pain

        • Swedish Bitters2 ("wherever there is pain, Swedish Bitters is beneficial, taken as drops, applied as a compress or used as a rub or massage")

        Dental testimonials from Maria Treben's books

          Periodontitis (severe periodontal disease)

          A woman had followed one of Maria Treben's health recommendations to thoroughly chew several freshly plucked dandelion stems in springtime every day. After six weeks into that practice, she was surprised to find that she didn't just feel a lot better in general, but that her lower incisors that had been loose, bleeding, painful, frequently purulent and inflamed and which were supposed to be extracted had firmed up again. She continued eating the dandelion stems whenever she happened upon them.

          Suppurating periodontal pocket, swollen cheek

          A person suffering from a suppurating periodontal pocket had an enormously swollen cheek as well. After applying Swedish Bitters2 poultices, both were gone in a couple of days.

          A similar case involved a man who woke up with a swollen cheek and very sore gums. He started rinsing with strong warm horsetail tea with a drop of Swedish Bitters and some homemade arnica tincture and took a horsetail sitz bath. By evening, the gum inflammation had gone and he had no more pain. Two days later the gumboil had also vanished. He continued rinsing for three more days and had no more issues.

          Lemon balm leaves against toothache

          A woman reported that putting fresh Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) leaves into a pillow and applying it to the area where she had toothache, backache etc. made the pain disappear.

          Purulent lesions developing after crown placement

          A 34 year old woman who two years earlier had received crowns on some of her teeth, developed purulent lesions under her chin (very likely an attempt on the part of her body to shed some of the toxins introduced by the crown placement)4. She saw three different doctors who told her it was acne, allergy and "blood sedimentation rate", respectively. The strong medications she was given hardly made a difference. She started drinking nettle and dandelion tea and several days later, the lesions began to disappear and were completely gone a short while after. (This is an excellent example of the amazing detoxifying power of these herbs.)

            Footnotes

            1 See Maria Treben's "miracle" herbal cancer cures & treatment.

            2 Swedish Bitters are a powerful traditional herbal formula reintroduced by Maria Treben which has been found helpful with numerous diseases as well as in the dental realm such as for toothache, gum problems and mouth ulcers. For many details see Swedish Bitters Healing Testimonials: A Powerful Herbal Remedy?.

            3 Healing Teeth Naturally cautions against having teeth pulled, for reasons see Tooth extraction risks.

            4 Compare Risks of dental crown placement.

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