Healing Teeth Naturally

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

Dental abscesses

  • calendula ointment
  • dressing made of fresh cow parsnip (Heracleum maximum) leaves
  • horsetail (Equisetum arvense) poultices
  • Swedish Bitters[2]


  • bedstraw (Galium) tea
  • sage (Salvia) tea

Bleeding gums

  • sage (Salvia) tea
  • horsetail (Equisetum arvense)
  • gum massage with fresh lemon juice

Gum inflammation (gingivitis)

  • horsetail (Equisetum arvense)
  • St John's wort (Hypericum perforatum)[6] tea
  • walnut leaves decoction (as mouthwash)
  • Swedish Bitters[2]

Loose teeth, receding gums

  • rinse and massage with herbal mixture (cold infusion) of oak bark, lady's mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris), sage (Salvia) and knotgrass (Polygonum)
  • 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 (Salvia) tea
  • if caused by mouth ulcers, use bedstraw (Galium) 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 (Sambucus) or juniper oil or by chewing dill seeds

Infections (of teeth, mouth, throat)

  • camomile tea
  • sage poultices
  • sage tea (for rinsing and gargling)
  • Swedish Bitters[2] (incl. as poultices)

Pulpal inflammation

  • sage tea

Dry mouth

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

Stomatitis (sore mouth)

  • agrimony tea
  • horsetail (Equisetum arvense) tea
  • sage tea
  • mallow tea (Malva vulgaris)
  • walnut leaves decoction (as mouthwash)

Tongue blisters

  • (eg caused by eating food that is too hot) Swedish Bitters[2]

Tooth extraction after-treatment[3]

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


  • Swedish Bitters[2] ("wherever there is pain, Swedish Bitters is beneficial, taken as drops, applied as a compress or used as a rub or massage")

Tooth and gum tips from other herbologists

  • Glechoma hederacea, variously called ground-ivy, creeping charlie, alehoof, tunhoof, catsfoot, gill-over-the-ground, and other names, boasts centuries of documented use in herbal medicine against a variety of ailments.

    According to sociologist and anthropologist Wolf-Dieter Storl PhD, tea made from Glechoma hederacea can be used as a rinse with festering teeth and sore gums. One (animal) study showing inhibitory effects of the plant with certain types of inflammation can be found at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16530364:

    "Glechoma hederacea inhibits inflammatory mediator release in IFN-gamma and LPS-stimulated mouse peritoneal macrophages".

  • Aegopodium podagraria (variously called ground elder, bishop's weed, goutweed, herb gerard and other names)

    According to famed Swiss priest and herbologist Johann Künzle (1857-1945), Aegopodium podagraria simmered with fruit or wine is useful as a mouth rinse and gargle in cases of toothache.

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 Bitters[2] 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 (Melissa officinalis) leaves against toothache

A woman reported that putting fresh Lemon balm 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 stinging nettle and dandelion.[5])


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.

5 These two humble and near ubiquitous herbs count indeed among our most powerful healing plants, see e.g. Stinging nettle medicinal effects (Urtica dioica, Urtica urens, Urtica pilulifera, Urtica membranacea: scientific research studies show wide-ranging therapeutic potential) and Urtica membranacea cancer cure: German physician successfully used stinging nettles for healing benign and malignant tumors.

6 The study "Strong antimicrobial activity of Hypericum perforatum L. against oral isolates of Lactobacillus spp." even found that  hypericin (one of the two main active constituents of Saint John's wort) could eliminate acid-producing bacterial strains in the oral cavity, making it a potential substitute for mouthwashes and oral disinfectants (see www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29208174).

More on the therapeutic properties of this medicinal plant under Help for trigeminal neuralgia St John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) and St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) & cancer: scientific research studies.

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