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Our Gum Rub is an essential oil based natural mouthwash. It was originally created by Aromatherapy educator Marla Wilson for her brother Josh Shertz. She made some for Dr. Harold Ravins to use in his Biologic/holistic dental practice in Los Angeles, where it was very well recieved. For decades essential oils such as clove, have been used in dental offices.  They have been employed as analgesics and bactericides. The ingredients for the Gum Rub were picked for their efficacy as healing agents specifically in the area of gum care. The following essential oils are used in the blend: Australian Tea tree, English Peppermint, Wild Myrrh,California Sage grown in Ojai,Fennel, French Thyme, Cinnamon bark, Clove bud, and Lemon peel.

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"A safe way to treat most all sensitivities of the mouth - Patients love it." Dr Harold Ravins, Los Angeles

What some experts say about these essential oils:

From the Journal Of Clinical Periodontology
Volume 30 Issue s5 Page 13 - June 2003
doi:10.1034/j.1600-051X.30.s5.5.x

"Essential oils have great antibacterial properties. Their use in irrigants and mouthwashes can help greatly in maintaining oral health and promoting healing."

In a study by Shapiro S, Meier A, Guggenheim B. Oral Microbiol Immunol. 1994 Aug; 9(4):202-8.

"The essential; oils of tea tree, peppermint and sage oil were found to be potent and active antibacterial agents against microbes in the mouth and gums. In 1923, Dr. A.R. Penfold discovered Tea Tree oil was 13 times stronger as an antiseptic bactericide than carbolic acid, considered the universal standard in the early 1900's.

Australian dentists use tea tree oil as a mouthwash and for sterilizing cavities before filling. Studies have shown that washing the mouth out twice a day with a few drops of tea tree oil will help to inhibit the growth of bacteria, and reports state that gum bleeding has been greatly reduced and plaque controlled. Reports indicate that using tea tree oil in dental hygiene and in surgery show it to be an extremely effective antiseptic.

C.J. Puotinen said in Nature's Antiseptics, holding a dilute solution of tea tree oil in your mouth for as long as possible before swishing and spitting it out will help with bleeding gums, inflammation or infections in the mouth."

Tea Tree from an Australian study.

Tea Tree is one of the most remarkable essential oils.; Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-puritic, anti-viral, Anti-infectious, bactericidal (large spectrum-gram +, staph, gram-, coli, proteus,  Klebs, entero & more), anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, decongestant, expectorant, immune stimulant, insecticide, and more.

Myrrh

Dr Ellingwoods Materia  Medica describes it thus: "This agent has always been highly esteemed as a stimulant, although its influence is more of a local than a general character. It exercises the characteristic influence of most of the stimulants upon the excretions and secretions, acting as a diaphoretic, expectorant, sialagogue, and to a certain extent emmenagogue. It was once popular in the compound tincture of capsicum and myrrh. As a most active general stimulant in ulcerative, engorged, flabby and a tonic conditions of the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat this agent acts promptly. It stimulates the capillary circulation, restores tone and normal secretion and causes the healing of ulcerations. It is useful in sore mouths of all kinds, and especially in syphilitic sore mouth and sore throat. It may be combined with other washes or gargles or it will act promptly alone. It will quickly cure the beginning of syphilitic ulcerations in the throat and mouth. In the spongy gums and aphthous sore mouth of children, in stomatitis materni if combined with an alterative and tonic astringent it will assist in the cure of the very worst cases without taking the child from the breast. Myrrh is excellent in the sore mouth and extreme ulceration of mercurial ptyalism. In its influence upon the digestive apparatus Myrrh is direct in its action. It quickly increases the power of the digestive function, stimulating the peptic glands to extreme action. It increases the appetite and promotes the absorption and assimilation of nutrition. While it is expectorant and stimulates the secretion from the mucous membranes when inactive, it influences to a satisfactory extent the restoration of the functions of those membranes when the secretion is excessive, as in catarrhal conditions. In deficient or excessive action it restores the normal conditions.

Myrrh is a very effective anti-microbial agent that has been shown to work in two complementary ways. It stimulates the production of white blood corpuscles (with their anti-pathogenic actions) and secondarily it has a direct anti-microbial effect. Myrrh may be used in a wide range of conditions where an anti-microbial agent is needed. It finds specific use in the treatment of infections in the mouth such as mouth ulcers, gingivitis, phyorrhoea, as well as the catarrhal problems of pharyngitis and sinusitis. It is often used as part of an approach to the treatment of the common cold. Externally it will be healing and antiseptic for wounds and abrasions.

The Eclectic Materia Medica, Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Felter M.D.

Action and Therapy.-External. Myrrh is the best local application for spongy and bleeding gums and is effective in mercurial and other forms of salivation.

Cynthia Foster M. D. 2001 http://www.startthehealing.com/ Peppermint essential oil:

"Peppermint should be stocked in everyone's medicine cabinet.  Many times stronger than a peppermint tincture, it cools the body, helps reduce fever, opens narrowed breathing passages, helps clear sinuses, stimulates healthy bile flow from the liver, stops colonic spasms and relieves headaches, eases indigestion, and keeps the breath fresh (especially after doing herbal routines that involve garlic!)   Used topically, it cools the skin, relieves itching, helps with headaches, reduces inflammation and can often times relieve pain.  Inhaled, it improves concentration and memory, helps clear stuffed sinuses, and provides a natural energetic lift.

Lemon essential oil

It’s uses include the ability to stop bleeding, kill infection, activate white blood cell and red blood cell production (strengthening the immune system and fighting anemia), and stimulate the healthy flow of bile from the liver and is a powerful addition to a liver flush routine.

Clove essential oil

Its antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral qualities make it an excellent Anti-infection essential oil for all types of infection.  Its use can stop infections from taking hold in the body.  Clove is also famous for its ability to kill parasites.  It is powerful addition to an antiparasite program. When used topically, it helps to numb the skin and relieve many aches and pains.  One of its main components, eugenol, is still used by dentists to numb the gums for dental procedures.  Clove is a carminative that increases the ability of the stomach to digest foods. The use of clove oil when used on the back of the tongue can help stave off tobacco cravings.  Clove oil helps to dissolve warts and other abnormal growths.

I use all organic or wild essential oils for my Gum Rub. 

Essential oils are volatile, highly concentrated substances extracted from flowers, leaves, stems, roots, seeds, bark, resin or fruit rinds. The amount of essential oils found in these plants can be anywhere from only 0.01% to 10% of the total plant material.

That's why tons of plant materials are required for just a few hundred pounds of oil. These oils have potent anti-microbial factors, having 200-300 therapeutic constituents.  Essential oils are often referred to as the immune system of the plant.  They help to protect the plant from many invaders, such as insects and fungi.

Essential oils are not interchangeable with synthetics.  Only pure oils contain a full spectrum of components that synthetics simply cannot duplicate.  In addition, the body generally responds better to these natural materials. The Gum Rub is hand blended in small batches.  You may find variations from batch to batch.  That is because these are all natural materials, and their yields and quality are affected by their growing conditions.  I strive for the best possible materials for highest quality. The formula may vary slightly from time to time in order to use the best oils available

How to use the Gum Rub.

Put a drop on your finger or a Q-tip and rub it on your gums.  Put a few drops in a small cup of water and swish it around in your mouth as an essential oil mouthwash. I like to rub a bit onto my dental floss before I use it also.  It is also a great breath freshener, and you can keep it with you when you need it after lunch or before a meeting.