The following three measures should be simultaneously taken during a course of four weeks.

  • Pour 2 liters (about 2 quarts) of watér over 200 g (c. 7 ounces) of dried oak bark and 2 tablespoons of sage (Salvia officinalis), allowing the mix to boil for 10 minutes. Steep for 3 hours, then strain. Rinse your mouth with this decoction 3 to 4 times a day.
  • Every morning, brush your teeth with powdered activated carbon (available in pharmacies and online).
  • In addition to the rinses the gums must be strengthened using salt[1]. Every day at bedtime, lightly dip a soft toothbrush into some salt and very gently massage your gums for several minutes. Follow up by rinsing your mouth with (previously boiled) warm water.

Additionally, for 20 - 25 days, let 1 g of propolis[2] completely dissolve in your mouth both after brushing your teeth in the morning and before meals.

If required, the above course of treatment can be repeated after pausing for a month.

The above recipe has been shared by Russian physician Natalya Aleksandrovna Novikova MD in her book "Russische Volksmedizin" [Russian Folk Medicine]. The author writes that this combination recipe very effectively combats gingivitis and typically allows the gum infection to heal within four weeks.


1 Salt has many uses in natural dentistry and oral hygiene. For one thing, it is a near-sovereign toothache remedy, for another, it can be used for toothbrushing and as a mouthrinse, such as against bad breath.

2 Propolis, a natural product, among other things is anti-inflammatory (see background on propolis).

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