Genuine essential oils address the circumstances that lead to a compromised immune system, including unwanted bacteria, viral loads, chronic inflammation, and a congested lymph system. The use of genuine essential oils originated as a medical therapy based on the pharmacological benefits of essential plant extracts. Essential oils and supercritical extracts are the key to our Living Libations formulas. They are highly concentrated, and with some of our botanicals, a whole plant is required to create only one drop of oil. The distinctive lipid-soluble structure of essential oils allow them to penetrate the lipid matrix of the gums and benefit the immune system. They send nutrients to the blood vessels and molecules, and reach the dentine, nerves, and roots of the teeth. They get the circulation and the lymph system going. Elements such as mastic in the Yogi Tooth Serum help to regenerate gum tissue. Essential oils are also potent in oxygen radical absorption capacity, or ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), and have been found to be among some of the most powerful antioxidants. Clove and cinnamon are very high in ORAC capability, and have impressive properties for eliminating bacteria. In addition to which the mosaic effect of the combined botanicals creates an effect of thousands of plant compounds. Some plant compounds will reduce inflammation, while others will have an antibacterial effect, and others an antiseptic one. Many essential oils combine all of these compounds.
Essential oils are extremely potent, often hundreds of times stronger than the herbal extraction of the same plant. Each oil has hundreds of botanical chemical components that work synergistically. Genuine distillations of plants, flowers, seeds, roots, and trees have been used medicinally for centuries. Each one of the botanical species in these formulas is carefully selected by Nadine Artemis for their individual and synergistic effects that improve and maintain gum and oral health. The combination of antiseptic, astringent, circulatory and analgesic botanicals create optimal molecular activity.
Yogi Tooth Serum is made potent extracts of organic neem, cinnamon, clove, cayenne, mastic, and cardamom to provide oral care support. This combination of ancient Vedic botanicals, Yogi Tooth Serum, is the yogi secret of anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal oral care.
Cayenne, Capsicum frutescens. Ours is a super-critical extract with catalytic, antibacterial, antiseptic, and stimulating properties. The capsaicin compound in cayenne is also a topical vasodilator which stimulates blood circulation.
Cardamom, Elettaria cardamomum, is an essential oil that stimulates and tones the digestive tract and has antiseptic properties that stimulate the phagocytic cellular action of the immune system. It is also supportive of the nervous system and helps supplement healthy oral care with its anti-infectious, antibacterial actions.
Cinnamon, Cinnamomum ceylanicum. Our true cinnamon bark essential oil from Madagascar is antiseptic and antibacterial. It stimulates blood circulation to the gums and promotes their health and regeneration. Cinnamon is high in the compounds eugenol and cineol, both of which have potent anesthetic and antiseptic properties that increase the production of white blood cells. According to the work of Drs Franchomme and P"noel, cinnamon bark oil is effective against 98% of all pathogenic bacteria.
Clove Bud, Eugenia carophyllata, is an analgesic essential oil from the flowering buds of the clove tree with an extremely high ORAC. Clove has relieved toothaches and freshened breath since ancient times. A potent antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal, clove boosts the immune system and stimulates blood flow with its botanical constituents of eugenol, esters, and sesquiterpenes, all of which combine to create an essence with an impressive action against pathogens and microbes. "It is antiparasitic and helps gum infections, toothaches and tonsillitis."
Mastic, Pistacia lentiscus, is a type of resin similar to frankincense which comes from the inner sap of the mastic tree and is helpful for maintaining the connective tissue in the oral area. It has a long history of oral care use in ancient Greece and is very good in helping to remove tooth plaque. Mastic contains antioxidants, antifungal, and antibacterial benefits. The major antibacterial components of mastic oil are: α-Pinene, verbenone, α-terpineol, linalool, β-myrcene, β-pinene, limonene, and β-caryophyllene . Like all essential oils, the antibacterial efficacy of mastic oil is due to all of its components working synergistically. This resin extract is a potent antiseptic, which inhibits oral bacteria including Helicobacter pylori that creates stomach ulcers. Mastic oil helps to harness the activity of the blood's first-line-of-defense protection: the leukocytes (white blood cells) and the multinucleocytes. This helps to increase the tissue"s defense, especially between the teeth and gums, where gingivitis and plaque occur.
Neem, Azadiracta indica, has pain-relieving compounds that can reduce the discomfort of a toothache. The vasodilatation and anti-inflammatory compounds in neem prevent cell adhesion and kill the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Neem alkalizes the gums and mouth, and kills the bacteria that cause Pyorrhea and Gingivitis. Neem obliterates the calcium-forming organisms and the organisms that cause cavities. Neem is 'arista,' which in Sanskrit means "perfect, complete, and imperishable." Neem has been used in Ayurvedic traditions for thousands of years in agriculture, food storage, and medicine. Many research studies prove that neem is fungicidal, miticidal, and antibacterial. Neem oil is an ideal remedy to eliminate periodontal and tooth infection. It can be applied locally around the teeth and gums and also benefits the gastrointestinal tract.
Essential oils in their unique nature are all antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral to varying degrees. In the book Beyond Antibiotics, Michael Schmidt devotes an entire chapter to the antimicrobial efficacy of essential oils, and states, "One of the advantages essential oils have over antibiotics is that bacteria do not develop resistance to essential oils. Many essential oils exert their antibacterial effect by interfering with the bacteria"s ability to breathe. On the other hand, antibiotics interfere with the life cycle, or metabolism of, bacteria, but since bacteria are very crafty creatures, they change their chemistry and genes, which makes the antibiotic less effective the next time it is used. As a result, new generations of antibiotics will need to be developed to stay ahead of these organisms. Additionally says Schmidt, "another advantage to essential oils is that some actually stimulate immune function."
The botanical serums created for the Successful Self-Dentistry protocol are Healthy Gum Drops and Yogi Tooth Serum. Many people have asked us, "What is the difference between the two and which should I use?" The answer is that they have the same effect and the same excellent results, yet they contain different synergies of botanicals. All the ingredients are active and all the ingredients are antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral, meaning they can remove unwanted oral bacteria, revivify gum tissue, and enhance the immune system.
Yogi Tooth Serum and Healthy Gum Drops achieve the same results with different botanical selections. They maximize the health of one"s oral ecology by both rejuvenating the gum tissue and increasing blood circulation to the gums and blood vessels of the mouth. The Healthy Gum Drops is fresh and minty tasting. The powerful bitters of neem in Yogi Tooth Serum take some people a little getting used to (although the cinnamon and cardamom in the product do help make the neem palatable). That being said, there is no need to get both, although some choose both for variety and alternate between the two. Both serums are great for flossing, brushing, and for keeping gums healthy, which is a major key to oral health. Both formulas are also effective on a deeper level and, while they work wonders at cleaning the teeth and nourishing the gum tissue, they are also beneficial to digestion and the stomach. So, even if you are only focusing on the teeth and gums, the botanicals in these serums are part of an integrated, harmonious system that can also benefit your whole body.
People sometimes ask if it is okay if they happen to swallow any of the oral care serums. The short answer is yes, in the "drop" quantities in which they are used. Essential oils are potent and it is often advised they not be taken internally in any quantity. This is true if the oils are not a genuine authentic distillation. However, when pure distillations of essential oils are taken in small quantities (i.e. by the drop), most are fine (and often beneficial) for internal use. In fact, many essential oils are used by the food and flavor industries. Orange juice is often flavoured with essential oil from oranges, Earl Grey Tea is flavoured with essential oil distilled from bergamot, and many liqueurs, confectionaries, chocolates, and flavour extracts use various essential oils. Essential oils are lipid soluble and, because they have a small molecular size, are able to penetrate the dermal layer of the skin, positively affecting the body through the lymphatic vessels, capillaries, cells, and nerve endings located there.