Country: Somalia

Continent: Asia

Treatment for: Parodontose

Secret ingredient: Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), essential oil, tincture, or powder

I’ve seen a lot of home remedies cross my desk, most of which have some validity based on anecdotal evidence and many of which have been tested and proven in clinical studies, but few have been touted as the definitive cure for the problem they address.

Parodontose or parodontitis is the result of inflammation of the tissues surrounding the teeth (gums) that takes place when bacteria and tartar build up in gum pockets. Bacteria slowly destroys tissues, including gum and bone, eventually leading to loose teeth (teeth falling out).

One of the symptoms of early bacterial infestation is halitosis or bad breath. Others are gums that bleed when being brushed or flossed, gums that feel or look swollen, a persistent metallic taste in the mouth, sensitivity to sweets and temperatures, receding gums, and loose teeth. Each of these symptoms can also be caused by other issues, however.

The bad news is that there may be very few symptoms in the early stages. The good news is that bad breath and the bacteria that cause gingivitis and parodontose are easily managed with one simple plant – myrrh.

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) is a classic natural remedy that seems to work for everyone when it comes to parodontose, and has been studied and proven to reduce redness and swelling associated with unhealthy gums.

Its antiseptic properties work well as an oral disinfectant and it helps alleviate gum infections while toning and strengthening the gums. It’s beneficial in treating pyorrhea (shrinking gums), which in turn helps keep teeth from falling out, and it’s found in many natural toothpastes and mouthwashes.

Myrrh has a bactericidal effect, so if your gums are already inflamed, you’ll get relief. If you don’t suffer from parodontose, it will help prevent it. It’s readily available, maybe even at your local pharmacy, as a tincture, powder, or essential oil.

How It Works

I read a lot of texts, both ancient and modern, on the benefits and uses of plants in relation to health. One ancient religious text names myrrh 600 times and is at the top of their list of fourteen principle oils.

Myrrh is effective because it’s toxic – not to humans, but to the organisms that grow in the mouth. This action can be directly linked to myrrh’s active compounds – terpenoids. And not only does it kill harmful mouth bacteria, it kills over forty strains of candida, a fungal yeast that can invade many parts of the body.

The The Parodontose Myrrh Protocolis not limited by a timeframe. It is ongoing. You will use it daily as part of your regular hygiene ritual.

The Parodontose Myrrh Protocol

This is a simple protocol that requires little effort, but because of the nature of mouth bacteria, which recurs daily, the protocol must be maintained throughout your lifetime.

If you are not experiencing any gum bleeding or other symptoms of parodontose, follow the maintenance protocol provided below. If you already have inflamed gums or other symptoms, apply myrrh directly and use the periodontal tray 3 times daily as instructed below, in addition to the daily protocol. If you do not find relief within 3-5 days, visit a dentist for an assessment.

You will need:

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  • Myrrh essential oil
  • Essential oils to make homemade mouth rinse
  • A soft toothbrush
  • A periodontal tray and dropper (optional)

To make your homemade mouth rinse, in addition to myrrh essential oil, chose 2-3 of the following essential oils / extracts. Each has antibacterial properties, so choose them by personal taste. My favorite is a combination of Tea Tree, Lemon, and Clove.

  • Tea tree (Melaleuca alterniflia or melaleuca oil) – antimicrobial; anti-inflammatory; antifungal; antiviral; antiprotozoal; pain killer
  • Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis) – antimicrobial (bacteria, yeast, fungi)
  • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) – antimicrobial; antibacterial; antiseptic
  • Lemon (Citrus x limon) – stimulating; calming; detoxifying; antiseptic; disinfectant; antifungal; astringent; enhances gum tissue formation
  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) – enhances tissue ormation and blood circulation
  • Chamomile, common (Anthemis nobilis) – antiseptic; antibiotic; antiphogistic; analgesic; bactericidal; anti-inflammatory; enhances tissue formation
  • Chamomile, German (Matricaria chamomilla) – antiseptic; antibiotic; antiphogistic; analgesic; bactericidal; anti-inflammatory; enhances tissue formation
  • Clove (Syzygium aromaticus) – antibacterial; antimicrobial; antiseptic; antiviral; fungicide; local anesthetic
  • Grapefruit seed extract – bactericidal

Homemade Mouthwash

Essential oils are not water-soluble and in some cases may be too strong to be placed directly on gum tissue. Use only organic, therapeutic-grade, cold-pressed essential oils.

Here’s a simple formula for making a mouthwash.

  • Mix 4 drops myrrh essential oil and 6 drops of other essential oils into 3-4 ounces water.
  • Swish in the mouth for 15-20 seconds (dilute with more water if it’s too strong).
  • To make a large batch, mix 24 drops myrrh essential oil and 36 drops other essential oils into 3 cups (24 ounces) water.

Your objective is to disrupt bacterial growth as much as possible and destroy it.

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, paying attention to behind the back teeth, all surfaces, and the area where the teeth and gums meet.
  2. Direct the bristles gently underneath the gum line.
  3. Gently brush the tongue from back to front.
  4. Floss every time you eat, even if you can’t brush (carry floss in your bag or car).
  5. Rinse with natural mouthwash.

For inflamed areas, dab myrrh directly on the area 3 times a day.

You can use your periodontal tray 3 times daily to keep antibacterial essential oils on gums longer.

  1. Hold the tray open-side up and fill each section lightly with your regular toothpaste or gel, leaving room for essential oil.
  2. Place one drop of myrrh essential oil into each section.
  3. Set the tray into the mouth securely against gums and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Remove tray, rinse mouth with water, then again with mouthwash, and wash tray thoroughly using cold water only.
  5. Your dentist is still an important professional. Get regular checkups around your healthy mouth routine.

Boosters/Substitutes/Exceptions

  • Myrrh may interact with Warfarin and other coumarin derivatives. Check with your doctor. You can substitute tea tree or rosemary essential oils.
  • Always dilute essential oils when using them on children. Their skin and air passages are far more sensitive than those of adults and they could react among other things with bronchial spasm and even apnea (respiratory arrest).

Do not use tea tree oil on cats since it can be highly toxic for them

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Did you know?

  • Ancient Egyptians used myrrh to embalm the bodies of the Pharaohs.
  • Myrrh resin is collected by tapping, just like maple syrup. It hardens as soon as it’s exposed to air forming droplets that can be snapped off about 2 weeks later.

Man collecting myrrh in Somalia