Essential oils are aromatic compounds that are naturally extracted from plants. Each of the essential oils has its own unique aromatic characteristics and health benefits. There are different methods of extracting essential oils from their respective plants. Pure essential oils can be extracted through distillation or mechanical methods such as crushing and pressing.
However, the oil can also be obtained through chemical processes. Although most people don’t choose chemical processes as their method of extraction. It’s believed that oils obtained through chemical processes are not overly pure.
There are numerous ways to use essential oils, some are inhaled directly while others are applied directly to the body. Please this is also very important for you to know. Most of this oils are not meant to be swallowed, some of them can result to serious health problems when swallowed in a large quantity. Some are highly concentrated and volatile. And there will be need to combined them with carrier oil in order to make them safe for use.
Essential oil for dry mouth
I know that you must have been wondering if you’re still at the right place. I didn’t mean to digress, I just wanted to explain some basic things about essential oils.
When essential oils are applied topically on the skin, for example on the mouth tissues. The chemicals in essential oils can interact with your mouth tissues in a number of ways. As we all know, dry mouth is as a result of little or no production of saliva in the mouth. It may lead to different oral problems such bad breath, gum diseases and cavities. (1)
There are hundreds of essential oils available in the market today. Each with its own unique smell and potential health benefits. In this article am going to give a list of recommended essential oils for dry mouth. These are essential oils that have been proven to be effective in treating dry mouth. They can also help you to avoid infections and other risks associated with dry mouth.
4 Essential Oils For Dry Mouth
1. Grapeseed Oil
Grapeseed oil is extracted from dried seeds of grapefruits by hard-pressing method. This essential oil is full of vitamin E and C, minerals and strong antioxidants. The nutrients contained in the grapeseed oil can help to restore proper hydration in the mouth. This is due to its strong moisturizing effects, it can relieve your symptoms of dry mouth.
The grapeseed essential oil is very effective for preventing or fighting dry mouth symptoms. The application process is not really hard, simply get some grapeseed oil and rub them. The oil should be rubbed directly to your your gums or tongue. It will keep your mouth hydrated and moisturized for hours without going away.
2. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil is an excellent remedy for curing numerous oral problems. It’s widely used in the production of oral care products, mostly due to its minty flavoring. However, the perpemint oil contains helpful compounds that can stimulate the salivary glands to produce more saliva.
In the post that I wrote earlier on ways to prevent dry mouth. I mentioned the use of humidifier as one of the effective ways in treating and preventing dry mouth. For more effective results, pour some few drops of peppermint oil in your humidifier for a refreshing aroma. Thanks to the menthol flavor of the peppermint oil, it can help reduce the symptoms of dry mouth. Alternatively, you can swish some few drops of the oil in your mouth for some few minutes.
3. Spearmint Oil
The spearmint oil comes from the same family as peppermint. The oil has a pale yellow color, with a strong fresh aromatic flavor. Spearmint oil comes in different forms, and it’s widely used for preparing different tradition medicines. It’s believed that it can relieve respiratory problems and cold symptoms.
Due to its strong antibacterial and cleansing properties, it’s very effective for treating skin conditions. It’s a great remedy for bad breath and dry mouth. Spearmint oil is one of the main ingredients used in many toothpastes and mouthwashes available at the market today.
Unlike most other essential oils on this article, spearmint oil is edible. When consumed it can help to treat digestive problems. For treating dry mouth, you can either rub the oil to your entire mouth or add some few drops to your toothpaste. It can help by keeping your mouth moisturized and also keeps off plaque and harmful bacteria.
4. Clove Oil
Clove oil contains eugenol, eugenol is an aromatic compound, that has excellent anesthetic and antiseptic properties. (2) Due to the numerous health benefits of eugenol, it’s used for treating toothaches ,dry mouth, cavities, mouth ulcers and bad breath.
Daily application of clove oil, is very effective for treating dry mouth and its symptoms. All you need to do is to get some clove oil and apply directly to your mouth tissues. You can pour some few drops of the diluted clove oil on your tongue and allow the oil to spread to the rest of your mouth.
Finally, when dealing with dry mouth, the best thing to do is to see your dentist first. He can guide you through on the best way to manage and treat it. On your own, there are natural remedies for dry mouth that you can try.
Essential oils are one of the natural remedies that you can try. Apart from treating dry mouth, they help to reduce the risk of developing cavities and infection often associated with dry mouth. In addition, essential oils are widely used as an ingredient in making mouthwash and toothpastes, due to their ability to enhance the production of saliva in the mouth. So, this four essential oils I mentioned in this article have all been tested and proven to be of great help in treating dry mouth.