Natural Dental Care With Essential Oils

8:52 AM Posted by Jo Pedranti

 I decided to share some information about natural dental care. We haven't used regular toothpaste with flouride for years in our family. Many think that they need flouride to prevent cavities, but studies have shown that it is not the case. Flouride is also damaging to your health, for example, it fights for the same receptors as iodine in the body, it can damage the brain in growing children, it can cause bone disease, bone cancer and much more. For studies of the health effects of flouride go to

Weston A. Price discovered long time ago that people in remote civilizations had perfect teeth, and he found  that as soon as they left their native civilizations their teeth health declined. These people didn't use any toothpaste with flouride. Many times salt, rocks and sticks were used in addition to a nourishing diet without chemicals.

Nowadays we can use herbs and essential oils for our teeth. Traditionally herbs like black walnut, sage, and white oak bark have been used in dental care.

Essential oils can provide natural alternative to commercial products. If you look at store bought toothpaste you'll see that many of them already contain essential oils.  Essential oils are antiseptic, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, anti-fungal, and analgesic.

You can make your own mouth rinse,  tooth powder, or apply the essential oils straight. Peppermint, lemon, clove, wintergreen, rosemary, tea tree, thyme, oregano, helichrysum, myrrh, and eucalyptus are some of the most commonly used essential oils for dental health.

Here are some ideas on what you can make using essential oils and a few other simple ingredients.

Quick and Easy Daily Mouth Rinse
3 drops of tea tree essential oils
3 oz of distilled water
Tea tree is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral. 

Tooth Powder
clay 4 teaspoons
salt 1 teaspoon
peppermint 2 drops
lemon 2 drops
You can use green or white clay.  Mix the ingredients in a blender and keep it in container. Dip the tooth brush into the powder and wet with a tiny bit of water before brushing as normal. 

Mouth Wash
1 cup distilled water or sage herbal tea 
1 teaspoon raw honey
2 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops spearmint essential oil
1 drop anise essential oil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (optional)
Measure honey into a measuring cup. Add the essential oils, make sure not to exceed 6 drops total. Mix well. Add a small amount of warm distilled water or herbal tea to the honey until completely dissolved. Add the remaining amount of water. Bottle and label. Shake well before use and swish for 30-60 minutes.

Tooth powder based on a very old Swiss method
1 tablespoon ground, dried orange peel
2 teaspoon ground, dried sage
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon salt
5 drops lemon essential oil
1 drop peppermint essential oil
Mix it all together in a blender. If you have gum problem you can add 15 drops of myrrh tincture and 1 drop of myrrh essential oil as well.

Tooth Polisher
Simply put a few drops of lemon juice on the toothbrush and dip it in a small dish of baking soda. The lemon reacts with the baking soda, which is a natural abrasive and cleanser, and will bubble. You can also add rubbed sage to the baking soda for extra cleaning effect. 

Aches and Pains
Clove contains analgesic properties and it was used in early dentistry for its pain-killing abilities. Prior to a visit to the dentist you can rub 1-2 drops of clove on gums and jaws. Clove may interfere with with bonding of crowns so avoid if this procedure is planned.
A strong tea of the herb sage can be made and used as a mouth wash. A pinch of ground clove can be added. 
Peppermint, myrrh essential oil have also been suggested.

You can as always modify the recipes and use the ingredients that you have available. One of the greatest things about natural ingredients is that you can use them for so much more. Many of essential oils mentioned above can also be incorporated into healing, skin care, cleaning, immune boosting, respiratory health and more. 

This information is all based on using therapeutic grade essential oils, in this case Young Living Essential oils. Oils not listed as therapeutic grade should not be ingested.

Thanks for visiting!


Johanna is an aromatherapist and she is passionate about educating people about health, essential oils, real food, natural remedies, and nutrition so they make healthier choices in their lives. 

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  1. Mommy Is Green said...

    I like the sound of the Swiss method. Maybe that's something I could try. Happy New Year!

  2. Grace said...

    I found this article and tips very interesting. I've been using tooth soap (brand name) but it is expensive.
    This is doable for me and I enjoy making my own products.
    My husband and I are potters. So when someone says 'clay' my mind goes t the kind we use. Is that the same kind of clay your referring too? Hope that isn't a dumb question but I'm still a novice in this area.

  3. Jo's Health Corner said...

    Hi Grace,
    It's fun making products, I enjoy it too.
    Here is a link so you can compare:

  4. John Moran said...

    when you found a cavity in your teeth go immediately to the dentist. Because this cavity create a big problem to you.
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  5. PattyLA said...

    Great information here. I have used an herbal tooth powder for many years and am happy with it. My younger child has only used the same tooth powder and it seems normal to her but my younger dd misses her strawberry toothpaste and chooses to use nothing on her toothbrush. This is giving me some new ideas to try with her. We use Be Young EO's here. The sell a blend made for tooth cleaning that I am considering getting in my next order.

  6. Jo's Health Corner/ said...

    Young Living has some good dental products. I hope your daughter will like them better.

  7. Brayan Millers said...

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  9. Behnam Aghabeigi said...

    I am glad you had the chance to do this! Learning something new is so wonderful, especially when it can help our kids.

    Behnam Aghabeigi

  10. Family Dental said...

    Thank you for the sharing information about natural dental care.

    Thank you,
    Family and Cosmetic Dentist Kailua

  11. Lavanya D'cruz said...

    I was looking for articles on dental India and I came across yours inspiring read. Thanks for the post!