Yesterday, I went to a new dentist who supports natural remedies in addition to conventional ones.
When I mentioned I usually use tea tree oil and echinacea tincture, plus goldenseal tincture for tooth and gum inflammations, she recommended this product, which uses additional ingredients that I wasn’t aware of, with interesting beneficial effects.
...so of course I looked up the ingredients and came across this recipe:
Tooth And Gum Restore Formula Dr Schulze how to make it (Dr. Schulze Forum # 1 [Archive]) 10/1/2009 1500102
Great details and additional info which I excerpt here:
The formulator of this formula, Dr. Richard Schulze , says "The Echinacea tincture deadens the pain immediately – when you get it down into your gum line. It also is a surface disinfectant and stimulates your immune system to start working against bacteria that is down in there. The bayberry is one of the stronger astringents, so it will take that gum tissue and literally tighten it right up in front of your eyes. . . . " Oak is also an astringent. "Oh yes, peppermint is a very strong disinfectant, and it’s a very strong circulatory stimulant. Dr. Christopher even listed it next to cayenne in his School of Natural Healing under circulation stimulants. Peppermint also reduces inflammation, so it’s a great one for curing dental diseases."
...then I looked up oakgall as herbal ingredient and found out that the specific ingredient is from oak native to India and (imported?) in Europe ...or maybe it’s the other way around... but Native American oak and their galls can be used:
Backyard Medicine: Harvest and Make Your Own Herbal Remedies - Julie Bruton-Seal, Matthew Seal - Google Books
https://books.google.com/books/about/Ba ... jtTW9xM20C
...so OF COURSE, I remembered this thread
— I'm going to look around my garden and see if the marble-sized oak-galls are still around and harvestable, but maybe I should ask rainbowgardener to send me some of HER oak apples.....