Eucalyptus oil may be your go-to remedy when you’ve got a stuffy nose, but it can also work wonders for your teeth, gums, and mouth! It’s a natural way to prevent diseases and improve your overall oral care.
What Is Eucalyptus Oil?
Eucalyptus is a native of Australia, however, eucalyptus trees are harvested throughout the world today. There are actually more than 400 various types of eucalyptus species, but the Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus) is most commonly used for oils.
Eucalyptus trees produce oval-shaped leaves which are used to create oil. The leaves are dried, crushed into tiny bits, and distilled in order to extract their oil. The natural oil must be heavily diluted in order to be used for medical purposes.
What Makes Eucalyptus so Healthy?
Eucalyptus oil has been a go-to product for those looking to heal wounds and improve medical ailments naturally. In the 19th century, English hospitals commonly fought off urinary infections through healthy doses of eucalyptus treatments.
In 2016, a study done in Serbia found that eucalyptus contains antimicrobial attributes and can be used to fight off infections, similar to an antibiotic.
Using Eucalyptus for Dental Care
Eucalyptus keeps your gums and teeth strong by driving away bacteria that leads to tooth decay and gum disease. Small doses of eucalyptus oil support strong teeth and prevent the need for dentures, veneers, and adult braces. It’s commonly added to mouthwashes, gum, and dental products. After using eucalyptus oil, people often claim their mouth feels cleaner and breath tastes fresher.
Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil for Your Mouth:
- Fights off bacteria
- Prevents gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities
- Builds stronger teeth
- Decreases the need for adult braces
- Freshens and fights off bad breath
- Soothes cold sores
How to Use Eucalyptus Oil on Your Teeth
It’s important to not go overboard with the eucalyptus oil when it comes to your dental care. Try adding it into a home-made mouthwash or dental paste. Check out our suggested dental recipes below or ask your dentist how he or she would recommend you incorporate eucalyptus oil into your oral care routine.
To create your own eucalyptus mouthwash, fill a large container with 8oz of water. Mix in the following oils:
- Peppermint (10 drops)
- Spearmint (5 drops)
- Cinnamon (5 drops)
- Clove (5 drops)
- Tea tree (5 drops)
- Lemon (5 drops)
- Eucalyptus (5 drops)
Eucalyptus Dental Paste
In combination with regular, ADA-approved toothpaste, you can also create your own dental paste to build even stronger and cleaner teeth. Use the same ingredients listed above in the Eucalyptus Mouthwash, but add in baking soda and use less water.
Other Uses for Eucalyptus Oil
- Improve breathing
- Clear out mucus
- Disinfect wounds
- Repel insects
- Soothe coughing
- Ease joint pain
- Relieve stress and anxiety
- Fix dry scalp
- Prevent lice