Herbal Remedies for Strengthening Your Gums and Treating Halitosis

This is the second part of a review of the Romanian translation of the Reader's Digest book Großmutters Hausmittel neu entdecked (© 2001, 2000 Reader's Digest, Verlag Das Beste GmbH, Stuttgart, Zürich, Wien).

The book’s title translates as Grandma’s Secrets Rediscovered. As far as I know, it’s not available in English, but maybe I just didn’t get lucky with my Google searches.

The first part of my review dealt with Health Tips (Prevention and Healing) and Care Tips for the Body (Part 1). You can read it here.

This second part will deal with Care Tips for the Body (Part 2).

In Care Tips for the Body there are many home remedies that deal with pampering your face and helping it get rid of impurities and pimples. I’ll let you discover them in the book.

I’ll start this article with a remedy for periodontitis, which affects many people and is a very troublesome disease that follows untreated gingivitis (gum disease). The bones and gums around certain teeth provide less and less support, and certain teeth start to wiggle. Loose teeth due to periodontal disease are the no. 1 cause of tooth loss in adults in the US.



Mint and sage to strengthen your gums

To make sure you don’t get there, the editors advise you to see your dentist 2-3 times a year, brush your teeth after every meal, and change your toothbrush every 3 months. The last piece of advice is important because gingivitis is caused by bacteria. If, however, you have developed periodontitis, the editors of this Readers Digest book recommend a tooth powder that could help strengthen your gums. Take 40 grams of untreated orange peel, 30 grams of dried mint leaves, and 10 grams of sea salt. Grate the orange peel and leave overnight. The next day, after it has dried off a little, crush the mint leaves, and mix the latter and the orange peel with the salt. Keep the powder in a lidded jar, and brush your teeth with it regularly.

For inflamed, bleeding gums, you can also try sage. Remember how I told you that you can chew some sage leaves if you have a sore throat? Well, the same antiseptic properties make it a candidate for gum infection. Just chop 6 sage leaves, add to a quarter of teaspoon of salt and ½ liters of water. Scald the chopped leaves in the salted boiling water and then sieve them, pressing the leaves. Gargle with the water. And, I’d say, chew fresh sage leaves as well.

Arnica for halitosis

For halitosis (bad breath), one common traditional remedy is arnica. This book recommends 75 ml arnica tincture to ¼ liters distilled water. You keep it in a lidded bottle and gargle with water mixed with 1-2 tablespoons. If you want to make distilled water yourself, here’s how


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Linden tea for swollen feet

If you get swollen feet, one remedy you may not have considered is linden tea. Boil some linden flowers and leaves in water for a few seconds, sieve while pressing them, and use the water, while still rather hot, to make a foot bath.

As I mentioned before, some of the remedies presented in this book are incredibly simple. To give another example, all it takes to turn your bath water into treatment for skin with impurities is, again, sage, tea tree oil, and honey. You make a sage infusion, dissolve a few drops of tea tree oil in 1-2 tablespoons of honey, and pour the final mixture into your bath water.

There are also several recipes for fragrances, all of which look rather nice. I’ll let you discover them in the book.

Moving on to section 3 (of 5) of the book, Tips for the Home.

A tiny bit of vinegar and glycerin do wonders for your furniture

If you thought nothing could replace Pronto and its dust-repellent properties, think again.

You will be surprised how easy it is to create a cleaning product yourself and save money. It involves 1 liter of water, 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of glicerin. That’s all. Simple, isn’t it? And that’s just the beginning of a book section full of useful easy tips for the home.

Walnuts for wood scratches

There’s advice for all sorts of furniture, based on the wood essence and its final treatments. For instance, you can fix wood scratches on walnut furniture by rubbing a walnut onto them. The walnut will leave its oils in the scratch. This remedy works, in fact, for many different types of wood.

Beeswax and turpentine for a new shine

If you have a folk painted cabinet, there’s a way to make it shine. The editors of Grandma’s Secrets Rediscovered recommend you wipe the wood with water and soap and then treat it with a mix of molten beeswax and turpentine. Have fun making those colors luscious again! You could add linseed oil to the mix as well.

The great thing about this book is that it gives you many ideas on how to take care of your body or your home and garden without using quick fixes that cost money and take away much of the fun of putting together a healthy home remedy yourself and seeing the incredible results. While you may find many of these ideas online, the way this book is put together will allow you to peruse many tips at once, which will get your creativity flowing and have you wonder about things which you may not have considered tackling thinking it involved a lot of time and/or money.

Some tips, like removing marble stains with lemon slices, are worth looking more into, as they may not be the best idea, but in general most tips here show a lot of common sense. It’s probably best, however, to check online as well once you find a remedy you may like to try. You may ask, why buy the book then, if you can find the remedies online? Again, you may not be aware how easy it is to fix certain things until you’ve had a chance to leaf through this book, slowly.

More about this book

You've read Part 2: Care Tips for the Body (Part 2), and Tips for the Home (Part 1)

Here are the other installments

Part 1: Health Tips (Prevention and Healing) and Care Tips for the Body (Part 1)

Part 3: Tips for the Home (Part 2) and Tips for the Kitchen

Part 4: Gardening




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