Sunday, May 22, 2011

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Oak Tree Tooth Care

Remedies - Oak Twig 

Toothbrush - Oak Bark 

Tooth Powder

Healing lesson of the day - Aug 22

by Phylameana Lila Desy - About.com Guide
You don't have to be lost in the woods
to benefit from the antiseptic and
anti-inflammatory properties of the 
mighty oak. Medicinal uses of the tooth 
powder made from oak tree bark include
treating bleeding gums and mouth ulcers.

How to Make Oak Bark
Tooth Powder


Harvest strips of bark from select slender
oak branches. Cut and peel away bark strips
from young branches that are approximately
one inch in diameter. Allow the bark strips to
dry in a warm place. Break the dried strips into
smaller pieces and grind until fine in a coffee 
grinder. It is helpful to sift (using a flower sifter)
the ground powder to sort out
larger chucks from the oak bark powder.
Combine equal parts of ground oak bark, ground
fennel seed, and biocarbonate soda. Store your
oak bark tooth powder in an airtight jar. Pour 
approximately 1 teaspoon of this powder mixture
into the palm of your hand. Dab powder portion
in your palm with a wetted toothbrush to clean
your teeth with.

Oak Tree Toothbrush

Pick an oak twig to use as a natural toothbrush.
Place the end of an oak twig into your mouth and
chew it until the end is frayed a bit. Use the frayed
end to clean your teeth and massage your gums.
Reference: Julie Bruton-Seal & Matthew Seal, Backyard
Medicine: Harvest and Make Your Own Herbal Remedies, 
Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2009

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