A combination remedy against inflammation of the gum tissue
Gingivitis natural treatment
Adding to the numerous herbal and other home remedies already listed under Gum problems, infection and disease, this page features a combination treatment for inflamed gums owed to Russian folk medicine.
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. 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 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).