Mouth and Gums
Goldenseal See the above notation. Goldenseal and myrrh are an excellent combination for most mouth problems, including canker sores and gum infections. The herbs may be used alone or together and make an admirable and effective poultice. The combination may help tighten loose teeth.
Myrrh Tincture of myrrh may be used as an antiseptic and
healing mouthwash or, combined with a small amount of goldenseal root, as a mouthwash or poultice.
Peach Peach pit tea is useful for mouth infections. Rinse out the mouth with the hot tea three times a day (without swallowing it).
Comfrey Comfrey mouthwash, Comfrey tea bags, or comfrey ointment will help heal many mouth abrasions. After tooth extraction, put a few drops of boiling water on a comfrey tea bag just enough to wet it slightly. Tap some goldenseal root powder on the damp bag, and place the bag over the extraction. The combination serves to reduce the swelling, pain, and bleeding.
Oak Bark Oak bark is strongly astringent and may be used to contract the tissues when this is necessary. Use oak bark rinses and, between the teeth, oak bark packings to help draw newly loosened teeth together. This should be continued on a night by night basis until the gums and teeth are in a normal relationship again.