Using Herbs Simply & Safely

Are herbs “dilute forms of drugs” – and therefore dangerous? Or are they “natural” – and therefore safe? Those that sell herbs, probably hear these questions often. What is the “right” answer? It depends on the herb! These thoughts on herbs will help you understand how safe – or dangerous – any herb might be.

To prevent problems when selling or using herbs:

1. Be certain you have the correct plant.
2. Use simples (single herbs)
3. Understand that different preparations of the same herb can work differently.
4. Use nourishing, tonifying, stimulating, and potentially poisonous herbs wisely.

BE CERTAIN YOU HAVE THE CORRECT PLANT

One of the easiest ways to get into trouble with an herb is to use the “wrong” one. How could that happen? Common names for herbs overlap, causing confusion as to the proper identity. Herbs that are labeled correctly may contain extraneous material from another, more dangerous, herb. Herbs may be picked at the wrong stage of growth or handled incorrectly after harvesting, causing them to develop detrimental qualities.

Protect yourself and your customers with these simple steps:

  • Buy herbs only from reputable suppliers.

  • Only buy herbs that are labeled with their botanical name. Botanical names are specific, but the same common names can refer to several different plants. “Marigold” can be Calendula officinalis, a medicinal herb, or Tagetes, an annual used as a bedding plant.

  • If you grow the herbs you sell, be meticulous about keeping different plants separate when you harvest and dry them, and obsessive about labeling.

USE SIMPLES

A simple is one herb. For optimum safety, Use herbal simples, that is: preparations containing only one herb. (Occasionally add some mint to flavor a remedy.)

The more herbs there are in a formula, the more likelihood there is of unwanted side-effects. Understandably, the public seeks combinations, hoping to get more for less. And many mistakenly believe that herbs must be used together to be effective (probably because potentially poisonous herbs are often combined with protective herbs to mitigate the damage they cause). But combining herbs with the same properties, such as goldenseal and echinacea, is counter-productive and more likely to cause trouble than a simple. A simple tincture of echinacea is more effective than any combination and much safer.

Different people have different reactions to substances, whether drugs, foods, or herbs. When herbs are mixed together in a formula and someone taking it has distressing side effects, there is no way to determine which herb is the cause. With simples, it’s easy to tell which herb is doing what. If there’s an adverse reaction, other herbs with similar properties can be tried. Limiting the number of herbs used in any one day (to no more than four) offers added protection.

Side effects from herbs are less common than side effects from drugs and usually less severe. If an herb disturbs the digestion, it may be that the body is learning to process it. Give it a few more tries before giving up. Stop taking any herb that causes nausea, dizziness, sharp stomach pains, diarrhea, headache, or blurred vision. (These effects will generally occur quite quickly.) Slippery elm is an excellent antidote to any type of poison.

If you are allergic to any foods or medicines, it is especially important to consult resources that list the side effects of herbs before you use them.

UNDERSTAND THAT DIFFERENT PREPARATIONS OF THE SAME HERB CAN WORK DIFFERENTLY

The safety of any herbal remedy is dependent on the way it is prepared and used.

  • Tinctures and extracts contain the alkaloids, or poisonous, parts of plants and need to be used with care and wisdom. Tinctures are as safe as the herb involved (see cautions below for tonifying, stimulating, sedating, or potentially poisonous herbs). Best used/sold as simples, not combinations, especially when strong herbs are being used.
  • Dried herbs made into teas or infusions contain the nourishing aspects of the plants and are usually quite safe, especially when nourishing or tonifying herbs are used.
  • Dried herbs in capsules are generally the least effective way to use herbs. They are poorly digested, poorly utilized, often stale or ineffective, and quite expensive.
  • Infused herbal oils are available as is, or thickened into ointments. They are much safer than essential oils, which are highly concentrated and can be lethal if taken internally.
  • Herbal vinegars are not only decorative but mineral-rich as well. A good medium for nourishing and tonifying herbs; not as strong as tinctures for stimulants/sedatives.
  • Herbal glycerins are available for those who prefer to avoid alcohol but are usually weaker in action than tinctures.

USE NOURISHING, TONIFYING, STIMULATING, & POTENTIALLY POISONOUS HERBS WISELY

Herbs comprise a group of several thousand plants with widely varying actions. Some are nourishers, some tonifiers, some stimulants and sedatives, and some are potential poisons. To use them wisely and well, we need to understand each category, its uses, best manner of preparation, and usual dosage range.

Nourishing herbs are the safest of all herbs; side effects are rare. Nourishing herbs are taken in any quantity for any length of time. They are used as foods, just like spinach and kale. Nourishing herbs provide high levels of proteins, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, carotenes, and essential fatty acids.

Examples of nourishing herbs are: alfalfa, amaranth, astragalus, calendula flowers, chickweed, comfrey leaves, dandelion, fenugreek, flax seeds, honeysuckle flowers, lamb’s quarter, marshmallow, nettles, oatstraw, plantain (leaves/seeds), purslane, red clover blossoms, seaweed, Siberian ginseng, slippery elm, violet leaves, and wild mushrooms.

Tonifying herbs act slowly in the body and have a cumulative, rather than immediate, effect. They build the functional ability of an organ (like the liver) or a system (like the immune system). Tonifying herbs are most beneficial when they are used in small quantities for extended periods of time. The more bitter the tonic tastes, the less you need to take. Bland tonics may be used in quantity, like nourishing herbs.

Side effects occasionally occur with tonics, but are usually quite short-term. Many older herbalists mistakenly equated stimulating herbs with tonifying herbs, leading to widespread misuse of many herbs, and severe side effects.

Examples of tonifying herbs are: barberry bark, burdock root/seeds, chaste tree, crone(mug)wort, dandelion root, echinacea, elecampane, fennel, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, ground ivy, hawthorn berries, horsetail, lady’s mantle, lemon balm, milk thistle seeds, motherwort, mullein, pau d’arco, raspberry leaves, schisandra berries, St. Joan’s wort, turmeric root, usnea, wild yam, and yellow dock.

Sedating and stimulating herbs cause a variety of rapid reactions, some of which may be unwanted. Some parts of the person may be stressed in order to help other parts. Strong sedatives and stimulants, whether herbs or drugs, push us outside our normal ranges of activity and may cause strong side effects. If we rely on them and then try to function without them, we wind up more agitated (or depressed) than before we began. Habitual use of strong sedatives and stimulants – whether opium, rhubarb root, cayenne, or coffee – leads to loss of tone, impairment of functioning, and even physical dependency. The stronger the herb, the more moderate the dose needs to be, and the shorter the duration of its use.

Herbs that tonify and nourish while sedating/stimulating can be used freely, as they do not cause dependency. Sedating/stimulating herbs that also tonify or nourish: boneset, catnip, citrus peel, cleavers, ginger, hops, lavender, marjoram, motherwort, oatstraw, passion flower, peppermint, rosemary, sage, skullcap.

Strongly sedating/stimulating herbs include: angelica, black pepper, blessed thistle root, cayenne, cinnamon, cloves, coffee, licorice, opium poppy, osha root, shepherd’s purse, sweet woodruff, turkey rhubarb root, uva ursu leaves, valerian root, wild lettuce sap, willow bark, and wintergreen leaves.

Potentially poisonous herbs are intense, potent medicines that are taken in tiny amounts and only for as long as needed. Side effects are common.

Examples of potentially poisonous herbs are: belladonna, blood-root, celandine, chaparral, foxglove, goldenseal, henbane, iris root, Jimson weed, lobelia, May apple (American mandrake), mistletoe, poke root, poison hemlock, stillingia root, turkey corn root, wild cucumber root.

In addition, consider these thoughts on using herbs safely:

  • Respect the power of plants to change the body and spirit in dramatic ways.

  • Increase trust in the healing effectiveness of plants by trying remedies for minor or external problems before, or while, working with major and internal problems.

  • Develop ongoing relationships with knowledgeable healers – in person or in books – who are interested in herbal medicine.

  • Honor the uniqueness of every plant, every person, every situation.

  • Remember that each person becomes whole and healed in their own unique way, at their own speed. People, plants, and animals can help in this process. But it is the body/spirit that does the healing. Don’t expect plants to be cure alls.

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Herbs? Try Simple.

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Herbalism (Photo credit: Nomadic Lass)

WHAT IS A SIMPLE?

A “simple” is one herb used at a time. A “simpler” is an herbalist who generally uses herbs one at a time, rather than in combinations.

WHY USE SIMPLES?

Most herbalists – whether from China or Japan, Eastern or Western Europe, Australia or North America – use herbs in combinations. Simplers, don’t. Why?

Well, its simply that herbal medicine is people’s medicine. Make herbal medicine simple: as simple as one herb at a time. Because people worry about interactions between the drugs they take and herbs, I keep it simple: with simples, interactions are simple to observe, and simpler to avoid. Because empowerment in healthcare is difficult, It should be easy to use safe herbal remedies: and what could be easier, or safer, than a simple?

SIMPLES MAKE YOU THINK

If you are just getting started with herbs, one thing that could confounded you is the many choices you have when you begin to match symptoms to the herbs that relieves them. If someone had a cough you think, “Should I use garden sage or wild cherry bark or pine sap or mullein or coltsfoot (to name only a few of the many choices)?” One way out of this dilemma is to use them all. Some cough syrups can contain every anti-cough herb that you can collect. And they all work.

As you get more sophisticated in your herbal usage, and especially after studying up on the various herbs, you begin to see that each herb has a specific personality, a specific way of acting. you realize that you can’t notice the individual actions of the herbs when they were combined.

Dare to use just one herb. Would wild cherry bark tincture all by itself be enough to quell that child’s cough? Yes! Would mullein infusion alone really reduce a person’s asthmatic and allergic reactions? Yes! Would sage soaked in honey for six weeks ease a sore throat? Yes! Each herb that you try as a simple can be successful. They all work, not just together, but by themselves.

The more you use individual herbs the more you come to know them as individuals. The more you use simples, the simpler and more successful your remedies can become. The more you use one herb at a time, the more you learn about how that herb works, and didn’t work.

SIMPLES ARE INTIMATE

When we use one herb at a time, we come to know that herb, we become intimate with that herb. Just as we become intimate with each other by spending time one-on-one, simply together; we become closer to the herbs when we use them as simples.

Becoming intimate with an herb or a person helps us build trust. How reliable is the effect of this herb? When? How? Where does it fail? Using simples helps us build a web of green allies that we trust deeply. Simples help us feel more powerful. They help abate our fears, simply, safely.

SIMPLES ARE SUBTLE

Using one herb at a time gives us unparalleled opportunities to observe and make use of the subtle differences that are at the heart of herbal medicine. When we use simples, we are more likely to notice the many variables that affect each herb: including where it grows, the years’ weather, how we harvest it, our preparation, and the dosage. The many variables within one plant insure that our simple remedy nonetheless touches many aspects of a person and heals deeply.

A Herbal apprentice, who tinctured motherwort flowering tops weekly through its blooming period,  reported that the tinctures made from the younger flower stalks had a stronger effect on the uterus; while those made from the older flower stalks, when the plant was going to seed, had a stronger effect on the heart.

SIMPLES GIVE ME POWER

  • Using one herb at a time helps you feel more certain that your remedy has an active value, not just a placebo value.
  • Using one plant at a time, and local ones at that, reassures you that your herbal medicine cannot be legislated away.
  • Using one plant at a time allows you to build trust in your remedies.
  • Using one plant at a time is a subversive act, a reclaiming of simple healthcare.

Combinations may erode your power, and might lead you to believe that herbal medicine is best left to the experts.

FROM COMPLEX TO SIMPLE

Take the challenge! Use simples instead of complex formulae. Rework some herbal remedies and get a sense of how simple it can be.

The great anti-cancer formula Essiac contains

Extracting the simple: Rhubarb root has no possible use against cancer; it is a purgative whose repeated use can “aggravate constipation”. Slippery elm bark also has no possible anti-cancer properties and has no doubt been added to counter some of the detrimental effects of the rhubarb. Sheep sorrel juice is so caustic that it has been used to burn off skin cancers, but it would likely do more harm to the kidneys than to any cancer if ingested regularly. Leaving us with a great anti-cancer simple: burdock root. One that is found to be superbly effective in reversing dysplasias and pre-cancerous conditions.

But this herbal magnifies its power in the combination. Not only for cancer, this treatment can be used for almost anything. It is kind and gentle and good tasting. It has the most amazing healing properties. This brew is so easy to make and keep as a dried mix in the cupboard. If you get sick -any kind of sick, even gastro, it can be brewed up a cup at a time (1 teaspoon boiled slightly in pure water and cooled with a lid on to keep the delicate essential oils inside. then drink as a tea. It is mighty soothing and uplifting and can be kept down very easily.)

 

Simples are fun. Give them a try.

Footnotes

Among the many variables, you can especially notice that the tinctures that are made with fresh plants are many times more effective than tinctures made from dried plants. Some say that preparations of common plants growing in uncommon places will be stronger as well. Many herbalists are aware of certain areas of their land that nurture plants that are particularly potent medicines.

STEPS OF HEALING

One step at a time.

One step at a time. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an overview of a healing process that you might consider or at least ponder:

These are remedies you can use for your problem in order from safest to most dangerous: Step 0 is the safest; Step 6 the most dangerous. Use Steps 0, 1, 2 and 3 as preventive medicine. Prevention is an important, though often invisible, way of healing. Deep relaxation, information exchange, energetic engagement, optimum nourishment (including touch) and exercise promote health with little or no side effects.

Examples are in parenthesis: (with a few of the modalities available at each step)

Step 0: Do Nothing 

A vital, invisible step.

  • sleep
  • meditate
  • unplug the clock or the telephone

Step 1: Collect Information 

  • low-tech diagnosis
  • books
  • support groups
  • research

Step 2: Engage the Energy 

  • prayer
  • homeopathy
  • ceremony
  • affirmations
  • color
  • laughter

Step 3: Nourish and Tonify 

  • herbal infusions and vinegars
  • hugs
  • exercise
  • food choices
  • gentle massage
  • yoga stretches

     Note: Healing with Steps 4, 5, and 6 always causes some harm.

Step 4: Stimulate/Sedate 

For every stimulation/sedation, there is an opposite sedation/stimulation. Sooner or later addiction is possible if this step is overused

  • hot or cold water
  • many herbal tinctures
  • acupuncture

Step 5a: Use Supplements

  • synthesized or concentrated vitamins
  • fresh juices
  • minerals
  • food substances such as nutritional yeast, blue-green algae, bran, royal jelly or spirulina

Supplements are not Step 3. There’s always a risk with synthesized concentrated substances that they’ll do more harm than good.

Step 5b: Use Drugs 

Overdose may cause grave injury or death.

  • chemotherapy
  • tamoxifen
  • hormone
  • high dilution homeopathics
  • potentially toxic herbs

Step 6: Break and Enter 

Side effects are inevitable and may include permanent injury or death.

  • threatening language
  • surgery
  • colonics
  • radiation therapies
  • psychoactive drugs
  • invasive diagnostic tests such as mammograms and C-T scans

 

HOW TO USE THE SIX STEPS OF HEALING

If you want to remedy your problem with the least possible side effects and danger,

  • start at Step 1.
  • After reading Step 1, pick one remedy from Step 2 and set a time limit for working with it. If your problem is unresolved within that time, decide if the time limit needs expanding or if you are ready to go to Step 3.
  • Continue in this manner, moving to Steps 4, 5 or 6 as needed, until your problem is solved.

Each step up increases the possibility of side effects and their severity so try at least one of the Step 2 techniques, even if they seem strange to you, before going onto the remedies of Step 3 and beyond (note also that time spent at Step 2 will help you choose appropriate remedies at Step 3 and so on). When your problem is resolved don’t stop. Go back through the steps, in reverse, before resting at Step 0.

You can continue to take remedies from a previous Step after moving on, but be cautious about the use of Step 4 remedies in combination with Step 5 remedies.

If you deem it necessary to heal through Step 5 and/or 6 (and real healing can and does take place with the aid of drugs and surgery) and have not yet tried any techniques from Steps 2 and 3, do so immediately. Engaging the energy, nourishing and tonifying will aid and abet the healing powers of the more dangerous healing ways and help prevent or moderate their side effects.

Getting Well Naturally

Dear Dr. Mom, Finding a natural remedy to sickness or an ailment isn’t hard. A quick visit to a health food store to speak with a clerk who is well versed in what herbs are natural remedies for what ailment can provide a wealth of knowledge. Also a quick surfing tour of the internet using natural remedy as a keyword for the search can provide a great deal of knowledge.

When looking for a natural remedy use common sense and add a grain of salt to what you may be told. Some people take it to an extreme and think there is a natural remedy for everything. Not true, but if you use common sense and logic you’ll probably find a natural remedy for most ailments. After all, for many hundreds of years there was no such thing as a pharmaceutical industry, and using a natural remedy to cure an illness was the only way an illness could be cured.

The world of the natural remedy is varied and multi faceted. A few examples however are very common and should be known by everyone. For instance,

  • zinc is a great natural remedy for colds.
  • Tea tree oil is an antiseptic and antifungal
  • Cranberries are a natural remedy for urinary track infections, especially common for women.
  • Aloe Vera juice applied to cuts and abrasions is a natural remedy that does wonders for healing and taken internally can sooth a fiery gut
    Aloe vera.

    Aloe vera. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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  • Garlic is a natural remedy for heart disease and an immune system strengthening agent.
  • Seeds from the common pumpkin are a natural remedy to rid the body of parasites.
  • Apple cider vinegar is a multifunctional natural remedy for many diseases, and an overall cleanser of the system.
  • Wild Yam cream topically helps to balance hormones during menopause
  • St. John’s Wort is a natural remedy for depression symptoms.
  • Coconut oil alleviates dementia and forgetfulness and maybe also ADHD
  • Turmeric also enhances brain function
  • Oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits are full of vitamins and a great natural remedy for the common cold, as is chicken soup.
  • White vinegar is a natural remedy for toe fungus when the feet are soaked in it.
  • Cinnamon is a natural remedy for high blood pressure and much safer than pharmacological solutions.
  • Grape seed and Saw Palmetto  is an ancient natural remedy for prostate problems, common in middle aged and older men.
  • Finding a natural remedy in tea is also easy.
    • Green tea boosts the immune system,
    • ginger tea aids digestion, and
    • most teas in general help keep the system flushed out and pure.

With this in mind, it is easy to see that a natural remedy is usually an option for almost any minor health problem. Keep adding to your collection, using cause to effect logic, and your knowledge of application and diseases and your family will enjoy good health and vitality under your careful supervision.

Herbal Extracts For Great Hair

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Locks of Love Aviano 3 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Herbal extracts are very popular to most people because they support the body’s natural healing in many illnesses. Herbal extracts became popular because they are cheaper and are most of the time available at no cost.

Most herbal plants can be seen anywhere in your surrounding. You may also ask from your neighbors to give you a few stalks or leaves if he has the herbal plant that you need. Possibly you have herbs in your backyard and may pick all you need. It is surely affordable compared to those remedies that you buy from many drug stores and markets.

It is much better, before trying any herbal remedy, to ask the advice from health professionals. For instance, your problem is loss of hair, you have to see a doctor to verify the real cause of your hair loss problem. The doctor would then advise you the necessary thing that you may do. He will examine your scalp and advice you to undergo some laboratory procedures and prescribe medicine if you need them. It is important to see a doctor for you to know the real cause of your hair loss. It might be because you may have a serious illness like cancer. A patient with cancer after undergoing chemotherapy automatically suffers from hair loss. Losing hair is an issue that adults should worry about. Hair loss may also result from an imbalanced diet or any inappropriate hair styling.

Most people believe that herbs can do wonders in healing any illnesses. A lot of people rely on using these herbal medicines for treating their illnesses because, as they say, they are far cheaper compared to artificial medications that are sold in the markets. There are lots of benefits that we can get from the extracts of herbal plants. Thousands of medical companies nowadays are doing researches and are producing herbal capsules.

Herbal extracts, such as ginkgo biloba, are believed to improve blood circulation. Experts believe that these extracts increase in blood circulation to the brain area and deliver nutrients to hair follicles which promote hair growth. Coconut oil treatment hair soak (and scalp massage) before you wash your hair makes your hair look and feel great. Some use a mayonnaise treatment or lemon juice treatment before they wash their hair. Make sure your hair is rinsed thoroughly with no shampoo or conditioner residue left in it. Treat the hair gently when you brush or comb it through. Jerking and pulling results in split ends. Do not use high heat to “iron” or curl the hair. Each hair is a living thing and high heat results in dry hair that feels like straw and breaks easily.

Supplementing with Green tea and pygeum extracts have almost the same uses which help prevent and treat baldness among males. Saw palmetto is popular in slowing hair loss and encourages hair regrowth. It is also proven to protect prostates. Stinging nettle also helps prevent hair loss because it has the ability to block conversion of testosterone into DHT. It is much more effective when combined with saw palmetto and pygeum.

There are still many other herbs that we may use in making our hair beautiful and radiant. We may do some further research with more herbs and ask experts if those herbs are really effective and are applicable to your hair. There are certain herbs that are not allowed to be used by pregnant women because they may be harmful to them and their babies.

The best way to protect hair from any damage is by using all-natural hair products. You may use gentle formulated shampoos like of the ones that are usually recommended for babies. As we all know, the sun produces heat that may damage hair, so you should avoid exposing your hair too much with sunlight. Over exposure to sunlight will make your hair dry and damaged. You may use hat to protect your hair if you really need to go out on a sunny day. Take good care of your hair; allow it to shine beautifully for you to stand out in the crowd.

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Promote Health With Herbal Remedies

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English: Neal’s Yard This colourful enclave close to Covent Garden has been the home of herbal remedies and wholefoods since the enterprise was established in 1979. During the 1980’s it became a magnet for anyone interested in natural foods and healing and today its reputation draws visitors from all over the world. It is a lively, colourful place to meet and eat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Natural herbal remedies are drawing the attention of many traditional medical practitioners to rapidly recognize the ability of the hundreds of thousands of known herbs that have the ability to treat and prevent various human and animal illnesses, as well as properties that can enhance mental attitude, appearance, and performance.

We can benefit from many centuries of experimentation by many cultures, for example Indian herbal medicine (Ayurvedic), Chinese herbal medicine, and western herbal medicine. These have created many uses for plants either singularly or in compounds, and sometimes animal by-products to prevent and treat various conditions and illnesses.

A natural remedy can be anything from tea, to complex preparations of herbal compounds used in hospitals and clinics. These formulas come in many forms such as capsules, pills, ointments, teas and gels.

You may be using some of the common herbs as a food in your home such as:

  • Garlic–natural antibiotic and helps reduce cholesterol
  • Cinnamon–lowers blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides
  • Ginger–prevents motion sickness and lowers risk of blood clots
  • Chamomile Tea–calms nerves and help relieve digestive problems
  • Peppermint–Treats many digestion and gastrointestinal problems
  • Tumeric — Improves memory and brain function
  • Red Clover Tea — Cleans and purifies blood

These common herbs may be mixed with other proven natural products to achieve a particular result.

Traditional medicine is very useful for diagnosis, emergencies, trauma and surgery, but often does not cut it for preventing disease from occurring. The time and wait needed to visit a doctor to get a prescription, and the ever growing cost of medicine is allowing an opportunity for many people to try to get help from natural products.

Some traditional medicines have adverse side effects. Natural, is not necessarily safe, and may have unwanted side effects just as with conventional medicines, however a large ever growing number of the population have been using herbals, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids for many years with very favorable results and no adverse effects.

Natural herbal products are now available for use by adults, children, and pets to remedy countless conditions from Angina and Arthritis, to skin care remedies, thyroid treatment, urinary tract infection and an unlimited number of other disorders.  It is something you can do yourself in your own home as a tea or a salve and is to promote health rather than treat sickness.

One of the many natural herbal remedies could be your simple remedy to address and ease various illness. Educate yourself about herbal remedies and teas to use this most valuable and easy well-spring of health.

What’s Inside a Smile?

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English: Really bad gingivitis, before and after scaling. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Smiling is an instant connection with someone else. And it echoes. But behind some smiles are painful teeth and gums – silently destroying the spontaneous reflection of joy that everyone has in their stash of “giveaways” .

Behind the scenes: Bacteria. Everyone has a variety of bacteria in their mouth. Some have more than others. This bacterium helps you by beginning the digestive process.

Excess bacteria in your mouth has now been found to cause more than tooth decay, gingivitis or gum disease. So, you need to know, even though you might not have gingivitis, how to control these plaque-building bacteria in your mouth.

Bacteria that create gingivitis live in the plaque in your mouth and cause your gums to inflame, bleed, and separate from your teeth. These bacteria thrive in an acidic environment which acid builds up if you do not brush often or drink water and rinse your mouth when you do so. Water can alkalize the environment in your mouth and this discourages the gingivitis bacteria to a small degree. If you drink enough water your saliva will be thin and easy to swallow and your teeth will feel cleaner to your tongue. If you do not drink enough water the environment in your mouth gets acidic, the gingivitis bacteria (and other cooties) thrive and your saliva becomes thick and your tongue gets coated with plaque as well. Brushing your teeth more often changes the PH in your mouth and thins your saliva. You can also have bad breath when you have gingivitis. In more severe cases, your gums become sore, teeth hurt, gums recede, and teeth loosen.

To stop the inflammation and gum separation use this natural remedy to kill some of these bacteria and strengthen your gums in your mouth. Taking a supplement of Co-Enzyme Q10 is great to heal gums and the soft tissue and mucous membranes. It is a pleasant side effect of taking CoQ to boost your immune system.

Here are the herbs and the formula you will need to make a remedy for a mild case of gingivitis:

2 parts white oak bark herb – powder

1 part myrrh gum herb – power or granules

3/4 part Peppermint leaves converted to powder

½ part anise herb – power or seeds

1/8 part clove – powder

If herbs and leaves are not in powder form, grind them in a coffee grinder. Use this formula to make as much powder as you want.

Place the mixture into a small container or use a small-unused vitamin bottle.

Mix a small amount and use a tablespoon as a measuring tool. For example, 2 tablespoons of white oak, 1 tablespoon of myrrh gum, ¾ tablespoon of peppermint leaves, and so on. The measurements do not have to be so precise.

How to use it:

To control bacteria in your mouth, use this power once a week. If you have gingivitis, you can use this 3 times a day. Place some powder on your toothbrush and brush your teeth and gums. After brushing spit out the saliva and residue powder a few times . Don’t rinse out your mouth since you want to keep the active herb powders in your month. You can swallow any that remains in your mouth with no problem.

This powder combination is bitter, but quite powerful and will get the job done. You can add more peppermint powder to make it less bitter, if you like.

For severe cases of gingivitis and toothaches, you can also moisten some powder with distilled water and then place the paste all along the your teeth and gums – front and back. Leave the paste in your mouth as long as you can. Don’t worry about the herbs getting in between your teeth. This remedy works.

A friend was scheduled for a root canal and a few weeks before the procedure, the tooth started paining. So she used this remedy. She just placed the powers around the painful area. It wasn’t long before the pain stopped and she was able to go to sleep.

Using this remedy may prevent having the dentist apply gingivitis treatment. In cases of severe gingivitis, go see your dentist and at the same time use this remedy.