What may loosen tartar on your dog's teeth and also might help your own gums?
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What may loosen tartar on your dog's teeth and also might help your own gums?

Sacramento : CA : USA | Apr 30, 2010 at 7:26 PM PDT
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Do you brush your dog's teeth with a tiny bit of grapefruit seed extract diluted with water and glycerin to soften the tartar? Do you also add one drop of neem oil to the mixture along with a drop of grape seed extract mixed with a cup of water and spray your dog's gums? Do you even buy a grapefruit seed extract gel that's diluted with water, glycerin, and other ingredients with which to brush your dog's teeth? See the article, Grapefruit Seed Extract -- a great remedy for many ailments.

You can make a similar mixture for your own gums to help combat gingivitis. Interestingly, when cleaning the gums of dogs and even humans, naturopathic physicians for the past quarter century have used grapefruit seed extract as a multipurpose compound.

Always dilute grapefruit seed extract with water and/or glycerin. Never put undiluted grapefruit seed extract into your mouth or your dog's mouth. Mix five drops of grapefruit extract with an 8-ounce glass of water or with glycerin. And never put it near your dog's eyes, mouth, ears, or skin unless you dilute it with water. The same applies to humans.

The pure oil has vitamins C and E, and bioflavonoids. Grapefruit seed extract is an antioxidant. But don't swallow it. Just rub it on the gums and teeth. Check out the book, The Healing Power of Grapefruit Seed, by Shalila Sharamon and Bodo J. Baginski. (The Practical Handbook for Using Grapefruit Seed Extract to Heal Infections, Allergies, and Much More-One of the Most Effective New Healing Remedies.) Another book is Nature's Antiseptics: Tea Tree Oil and Grapefruit Seed Extract by C.J. Puotinen. Also see the book, The Authoritative Guide to Grapefruit Seed Extract: A Breakthrough in Alternative Treatment for Colds, Infections, Candida, Allergies, Herpes, and Many Other Ailments, by Allan Sachs, D.D.,C.C.N.

Researchers are discovering the power of grapefruit seeds, which provide safe and inexpensive raw materials to support a quiet revolution in the way holistically minded physicians and consumers approach problematic germs. From Candida to traveler's illness, sore throat, gum disease, flu's, colds and beyond, Grapefruit Seed Extract is earning a reputation as the most versatile mainstay of herbalists around the world - a breakthrough in alternative treatment.

The author, Dr. Allan Sachs, is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and Chiropractor, in practice since 1978 and recognized as a leading authority on the use of Grapefruit Seed Extract. He is a pioneer in the field of clinical ecology and the creator of many herbal formulas used by holistic practitioners throughout the world.

Grapefruit extract can be diluted with glycerin or even a small amount of grain alcohol. See, the article, tartar cleaner, dog teeth cleaning, brushing dog teeth. Grapefruit seed extract even can be used to get rid of dog urine odors from carpets. See, How to Get Rid of Dog Urine Carpet Odors with Grapefruit Seed. And for humans, grapefruit seed extract may help issues such as bleeding gums. See the site, Human Internal Uses - Grapefruit Seed Extract. Be sure to distinguish between grapefruit seed extract and grape seed extract.

Grapefruit seed extract (GSE), also known as citrus seed extract, is a liquid derived from the seeds, pulp, and white membranes of grapefruit. While there has been no scientific demonstration of efficacy, this extract has been claimed by some practitioners of alternative medicine to possess antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties.

Indeed, it has been recommended by some nutritionists for the treatment of candidiasis, earache, throat infections, and diarrhea. If you want to buy grapefruit seed extract, check out one of the sites that sells it at All Health Trends.

Other naturopathic ways of keeping gums healthy include grape seed extract and neem oil. In India, neem oil sometimes is rubbed on the gums to ward off mild bacterial infections. Neem oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic. Neem oil has been used in India for centuries. It's described in the Indian medical texts such as the Atharva Veda.

Home-made mouth wash often contains thyme oil. It's used sometimes by naturopaths for mouth washes as an antiseptic. Rosemary oil also has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties when used to rinse the teeth. And peppermint oil has menthol, also with anti-bacterial properties.

To make a mouthwash for yourself, you can include a few drops of any of these ingredients. But you can also use these ingredients to gently massage on your dog's teeth and gums to help remove tartar over a period of several weeks.

After your dental cleaning, make a soothing anti-viral and anti-bacterial mouthwash with exotic myrrh and clove oil. Disinfect those mouth sores caused by a virus. Oxygenate away those anaerobic bacteria that create the roots of gum disease. Start by making a safe antimicrobial oil-based mouthwash using herbs, oils, minerals, non-corrosive vitamins, and water.

Mix 4 drops of clove oil, 2 drops of myrrh, one tablet of zinc, and one tablet of folic acid (that you buy in a health-food store) in 16 ounces (473 mil.) of water. Let the tablets dissolve in the water and oils mixture, and then shake well. Add anti-bacterial herbs of your choice such as sage, mint, or ginger.

Don't make a mouthwash with vitamin C powder from ascorbic acid or with any citrus oil, vitamin, vinegar, acid, or fruit that corrodes teeth. Keep your mouthwash alkaline. Don't swallow this mouthwash. Rinse, swish, and spit it out. Choose edible oils. A few drops of edible oils can be added to your home-made mouth wash.

To make a simple mouth wash, mix four drops of clove oil, 2 drops of myrrh essential oils, a folic acid vitamin tablet dissolved in water, and a zinc mineral tablet dissolved in water. You can purchase all these ingredients at a health food store.

Mix oils and tablets in a pint of distilled water until the folic acid and zinc tablets are dissolved. Use as a mouthwash. Don’t swallow any. Store your mouthwash in a covered glass jar in your refrigerator for up to a week.

Make your own mouthwash with three to five drops of natural, wild organic oil of oregano in water. Swish it in your mouth or put it in your Water Pik® that’s already filled with warm water. Move the water and oregano oil between your teeth.

If you have canker sores inside your mouth, rinse the roof of your mouth with extra virgin olive oil. Another way to soothe virus-caused canker sores in your mouth is to make a paste of monolaurin and water.

Open a monolaurin capsule and mix with a few drops of water. When you have a paste, spread it inside your mouth, on your tongue and on your hard palate. Leave it for a few minutes. You can swallow one capsule of monolaurin after it’s been moved around your mouth for a few minutes. It’s made from lauric acid, which comes from coconut oil.

Remember that your skin absorbs anything you put on it, and you never know what you’re allergic to at any time. Make a mouthwash from edible oils or extracts that are anti-viral and not acid-based. You want your mouth to be alkaline.

Your oil base for mouthwash can be extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, sesame seed oil, monolaurin, clove oil, or oregano oil and water. Don’t put the oil of oregano directly on a sore in your mouth as it will burn. Keep it diluted with olive oil and water. Mix oil of oregano first with water.

Take a sip of water, put a few drops of oil of oregano in your mouth, and swish it around. Take another sip of water and either swallow or spit it out. Don’t use more than one or two drops of oil of oregano with water if you plan to swallow it. If you buy essential oils in a health food store make sure you purchase oils safe to put inside your mouth, not oils meant for external massage. Never put oils that burn your mouth in any other body orifices.

Oils are for rinsing out the mouth. The only oil you could swallow safely after swishing around in your mouth would be extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, or coconut oil. Some oils are toxic if swallowed, and others are toxic if swallowed while not diluted one part of oil to 25 parts of water.

Before you use any particular oil for making your own mouthwash, check the aromatherapy sites to make sure the oil you select is not toxic. Monolaurin sometimes may be helpful if you have a viral infection in your mouth, such as some types of canker sores.

As a mouthwash, unrefined, virgin coconut oil is anti-microbial and anti-viral, making it an awesome protector against disease and infection. Monolaurin, a medium chain fatty acid present in coconut oil, is the same chemical found in human breast milk. Already being used in intravenous solutions, infant milk formula and kitchens around the world, virgin coconut oil has yet to become a staple choice for better health. Monolaurin is frequently used in the form of coconut extracts as a mouthwash as well as a food in tropical areas such as in the Philippines.

AnneHart is based in Sacramento, California, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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