Essential Oils And Oral Hygiene

Now for some (potentially) shocking news.

The dirtiest place in your body is not in your colon but the inside of your mouth.

Let that sink in for a moment.

The back of the tongue is literally teeming with pathogenic microorganisms. Even if you brush your teeth regularly.

Many true essential oils are safe to use internally and have the ability to hamper the growth of a diverse range of bacteria, fungi and viruses.

In the graph below we can see the inhibitory effect of diffused essential oils on some really nasty bacteria (measurements are in mg/L air).

To read this chart correctly remember that the smaller the number (i.e. smaller the quantity of oil) the more powerful its inhibitory activity.

According to the chart of the oils tested the most potent are cinnamon and lemongrass.

Haemophilus
influenzae
Strep.
pyogenes
Strep.
pneumoniae
Staph. aureus   E. coli
Cinnamon 3.13 6.25 1.56 6.25 12.5
Lemongrass  1.56  6.25  6.25  12.5  100
Thyme  3.13  6.25  3.13  12.5  12.5
Peppermint  12.5  25  25  25  >1600
Tea Tree  25  50  50  50  50
Coriander  12.5  25  25  50  50
Lavender  25  50  50  100  >1600
Rosemary  50  50  50  100  >1600
Eucalyptus radiata  25  50  100  200  >1600

All of the oils used in this study are recognized by the FDA as safe for consumption.

My favourite for oral hygiene is a blend made by Young Living Essential called Thieves. I use 2 drops in my mouth, twice a day.

Thieves is a potent combination of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary oils. It has been found to reduce bacterial cultures by 99.96%

The Thieves formula comes from the Middle Ages during the time of the bubonic plague. It is said that, during that time, a gang of thieves went from house to house to rob those who had died.

After the thieves were captured and tried for their acts of robbery, the king offered leniency if they would share how they were able to not be affected by the disease.

 

 

Sources:

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5206475
  • https://academic.oup.com/jac/article/47/5/565/858508

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