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calico

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I was told that Oregano EO could be rubbed on the gums to help heal them.  But when I read about Oregano it seems like it shouldn't be used on mucus membranes.  Have you ever heard of using Oregano EO in the mouth?

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Welcome Calico, and Oregano is one of those essential oils - like Tea Tree, that has become super popular recently - almost considered a panacea - mainly because of particularly potent antimicrobial and antiinfectious actions. These potential actions are directly related to an eo's chemical composition which can number several hundred different compounds but in particular a group of components - amongst others - called phenols. Oregano has a high level of phenols hence it's potency. The down side is that phenols are notorious for aggravating mucus membranes - in fact can be almost caustic - and so will cause redness, inflammation and discomfort when used directly on mucus membranes - buccal membranes - occular membranes, and the skin.  
Like clove oil which has been traditionally used on the gums to relieve toothache, oregano has also been used I'm sure to good effect on the gums for gum infections - however like clove it carries potential risk and so if you must - and it actually tastes nasty - use it very sparingly and for very short periods of time.
Inhaling say 3-5 drops oregano over a warm water bath - towel over the head and leave mouth open - for no more than 2 mins at a time would be less risky than direct application onto mucus membranes, but would still carry some risk since action of eo's are enhanced by heat and moisture - the good and the bad.
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Myrrh, myrrh, myrrh! Over the years, I've healed several mouth and gum problems with a drop or two of myrrh essential oil. Especially the kinds of sores and abrasions that don't want to heal on their own.

It tastes a bit bitter, but not nearly as nasty as thyme or oregano or any of the other "antibacterial" types of essential oils. To me myrrh feels rather soothing and astringent. I use a freshly washed finger to apply a few drops on my gums after I brush my teeth, and by morning there is a dramatic difference!

And it's OK to swallow the myrrh-y saliva. (There are nutritional supplements available that contain myrrh, so people have been ingesting it for centuries with no problems. It's OK, I just wouldn't overdo it.)

I don't use the myrrh tincture because the alcohol content is enough to irritate and dehydrate mucous membranes. Myrrh essential oil is more expensive than the tincture, but the essential oil has a much higher concentration of the active components, and one bottle will last longer because you have to use less; it's a better value, overall. Also, myrrh essential oil has many additional uses, besides being useful for everyday cuts and scrapes. You can find many "recipes" that use myrrh on this website, as well as on other sites and in aromatherapy books.
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