One of the most common questions we receive about our HealThy Mouth Blend is why we chose each ingredient for the formula.
So in this article, we’d like to share our HealThy Mouth Blend’s backstory, the role of each ingredient in the blend, and some of the formula’s various beneficial elements.
In the spirit of full disclosure, this has been a learning process for us.
Back when we first created the formula, we weren’t aware of all of these benefits that we’re going to share with you today.
Over the years, we’ve discovered more and more reasons why our HealThy Mouth Blend is such a helpful tool for supporting greater oral health. Some of these reasons came from customers who let us know how they had benefited from using the blend.
First off, we should make clear that we were blessed with much of the initial formula work.
At the risk of sounding ‘woo woo’, it was as if God’s hand was in the whole process. Actually, we have no doubt that God’s hand was in the whole process!
We essentially asked a question and waited for the answer to show up in our lives:
“How can we make a product that will effectively help others to have a healthy mouth and prevent the damaging progression of gum disease?”
Then we waited.
We knew the ingredients had to be organic.
For many years, we had already been living a ‘beyond organic’ lifestyle.
We knew that organically-grown plants don’t contain pesticides or GMOs. Also, the research had already resoundingly shown us that organically-grown plants are nutritionally superior to plants that are grown with conventional farming methods.
In particular, organic plants have 20-40% more antioxidants than plants that are grown conventionally. Since the phytonutrients (antioxidants) are concentrated in the production of plant essential oils, organic was one of our requirements as we developed our HealThy Mouth Blend formula.
It makes sense if you think about it.
Organically-grown plants have to be provided with the actual nutrition that’s necessary for them to thrive, so the nutrients that are provided to them wind up in them.
On the other hand, conventionally-grown plants are ‘propped up’ by pesticides and manufactured fertilizers. This produces an artificial environment where the plant doesn’t require as much nutrition to thrive, so fewer nutrients wind up in these plants.
We are proud that we were able to stick to our values and make a product from 100% organic ingredients. If you’d like to read about this journey, be sure to check out our article, “The HealThy Mouth Blend’s Long Road to Organic Certification“.
Why a balanced formula?
We knew we wanted to make a balanced formula.
Given our background in the Chinese Longevity Arts (we actually met in a kung fu school and have been studying the arts together since 1985), we are well aware of the concept of yin and yang, natural balance.
Since this product was going to be used in the mouth (and the mouth is the main pathway for introducing ‘new stuff’ into the rest of the body), we knew the formula had to be a balance of warming and cooling herbs.
That way, we wouldn’t be causing any imbalances ‘downstream’ from the mouth.
For example, we had heard of people who had progressively damaged their health over the years by repeatedly using products that contained only cooling (mint family) ingredients in their oral hygiene routine.
The habitual cooling of one’s ‘stomach fire’ can cause all sorts of digestive problems down the road.
On the flip side, using only warming ingredients (cinnamon, clove, etc.) can ‘overheat’ the digestive system.
So, given that one of the fundamental principles of OraWellness is ‘do no harm’, it was critically important to us that we create a balanced formula with both warming and cooling elements.
With these guiding principles in place, we took several deep dives into the scientific research (along with lots of time behind our own microscope) to confirm the effectiveness of the HealThy Mouth Blend.
Here’s what we found…
Why peppermint and spearmint?
The mint family has long been used to cool inflammation.
Common sense says that there’s a reason why so many toothpastes are mint flavored.
However, in the process of trimming costs, mainstream oral hygiene product manufacturers sacrificed real mint for artificial flavors. Unfortunately, in doing so, they lost the healing benefit of the mint family.
Why cinnamon (leaf)?
Cinnamon contributes to the warming profile of the formula.
Also, the literature suggests that cinnamon essential oil is the most effective in stopping streptococcus mutans, the main thug bug implicated with tooth decay. (3)
And what’s the second most common toothpaste flavor? Cinnamon!
We are honored to be one of the many small businesses that are returning to traditional ways, relying on components of nature and ancestral strategies to support greater health (especially greater oral health 🙂 ).
Clove plays several crucial roles in our HealThy Mouth Blend formula.
First, clove has long been used in traditional medicines around the world to alleviate oral health issues. Research shows that clove helps balance the oral microbiome by reducing the presence of the thug bugs associated with gum disease.
Second, like cinnamon, the nature of clove is warming, so it also offsets (or balances) the cooling mints in our formula.
To understand the third important role that clove plays, we need to take a quick detour to discuss how periodontal pathogens (the thug bugs that are implicated with gum disease) do their dirty work.
While it may seem strange to consider, different species of thug bugs communicate and coordinate with one another to collectively undermine the health of the host. This ability to communicate across species is called ‘quorum sensing’.
That’s where our good friend clove comes in to help us.
You see, researchers have found clove to be effective in disrupting quorum sensing. (4) Think of it like scrambling the communications of the enemy, which supports our oral health by helping to maintain balance in our oral flora.
Another benefit of the clove in our HealThy Mouth Blend is that it contains a compound called ‘eugenol’. Eugenol is also a good buddy of ours because it helps to soothe any distressed or painful nerves.
When nerves are assaulted often enough (as they are when we’ve got a chronic bacterial infection, like gum disease), the nerves can become super hair-trigger sensitive. They can even get stuck in a constant ‘on’ state.
Clove helps to unwind frazzled nerves so the area can rest and restore itself to health.
Myrrh has been used since before Biblical times to help heal a wide array of health issues. Treating everything from hay fever to herpes, myrrh has a wide appeal thanks to its tissue-healing support.
While myrrh does also help to balance the oral flora, we actually included myrrh in the formulation because of one of its other attributes: myrrh speeds the healing process by increasing blood flow to compromised tissue.
Manuka has a special role in the formula.
Scientific literature states, “
In other words, manuka makes it more difficult for ‘thug bugs’ (and the plaque that they create) to cling (or ‘adhere’) to teeth and gum tissue.
That’s why so many of our customers rave about how their teeth feel so clean and fresh after using the HealThy Mouth Blend.
Manuka also happens to be the most effective plant essence for managing the toughest of the ‘thug bugs’ that are associated with gum disease.
Note: Manuka is a plant, and our HealThy Mouth Blend contains the essential oil of that plant. Most people associate the word “manuka” with the honey that’s produced from the same plant (manuka honey is honey produced by bees that have gathered pollen from the manuka plant). Our HealThy Mouth Blend does not contain any honey or bee products, but it does contain the essential oil that’s derived from the manuka plant.
Concentrations that are ‘just right’
Once we had identified the components of the formula, getting the concentration ‘just right’ was the next step in the process.
You see, we call it HealThy Mouth Blend because it’s just that, a blend. It’s not 100% essential oils, as that would be much too strong and would almost certainly damage the sensitive tissues in the mouth.
What are the carrier oils?
We chose two different carrier oils to bring the blend to that ‘just right’ concentration.
Our original HealThy Mouth Blend has always been made with certified organic sweet almond oil. Almond oil is a super mellow oil that has beneficial qualities of its own, but we chose sweet almond oil because its color is very, very light and the flavor helps harmonize the other flavors in the formula.
A number of years later, some folks with nut allergies asked us if we could make a nut-free version of our HealThy Mouth Blend. After some research, we decided to use certified organic jojoba oil as the carrier oil for our nut-free version of the blend.
Quick note: there has been a recent increase in awareness of the capacity of phytic acid (found in grains, seeds, and nuts) to disrupt our ability to absorb some nutrients from food. Because of this, we have received questions regarding the amount of phytic acid that’s in the sweet almond oil in our original blend. It’s really a non-issue, as the phytic acid is found mostly in the skin and the
A positive shift in cultural perspective…
The internet has been very active concerning the relatively new information pertaining to maintaining balance in the human microbiome. As such, we are starting to see a cultural shift away from the ‘scorched earth’ policy of using multi-spectrum antibiotics to kill everything in sight.
Instead, we see more of an attitude of being a good steward of our precious microbiomes. At OraWellness, we refer to this as ‘being a good conductor of the symphony in our mouths’, and we speak quite a bit about how to balance our oral flora.
Part of the elegance of the HealThy Mouth Blend formula is that it’s ‘just right’ in its concentration. If there aren’t enough essential oils, the result is an ineffective product. However, if the essential oils concentration is too high, it creates a product that’s too strong and that could be downright dangerous.
We pored over books and scientific studies, making sure our formulation was potent enough to be effective but diluted enough to be safe (after all, anything that goes into the mouth spreads to the rest of the body).
Ultimately, we had to see the effectiveness with our own eyes, and we spent plenty of time staring into our microscope.
Continuing on the path to ‘just right’
No one ingredient in our blend is so strong that it can stress sensitive oral tissues.
Using a wide array of plant essences and a carrier oil base, we are able to maintain safe levels of the essential oils while ensuring that the blend is still very effective.
Again, we aimed for a perfectly balanced product to assist each of us in balancing our oral flora. So, the HealThy Mouth Blend formula is strong enough to effectively prevent gum disease and even help stop already-existing gum disease, yet gentle enough to soothe stressed tissue.
Here’s what one study had to say regarding essential-oil-based oral hygiene products: “Long-term use of an EO [essential oil] mouthwash is microbiologically safe…and no evidence of antimicrobial resistance.” (6)
If you’re on the fence about essential oils in oral hygiene products, we invite you to check out our article, “Are essential oils safe to use in the mouth?“.
How have others benefited?
Here are just a few ways that customers have benefited from using our HealThy Mouth Blend:
- “Our breath smells better and our teeth are so much whiter!” – Paula N
- “I got a ‘thumbs up’ from my dentist! Oh, and my teeth are even whiter! yayyy!!!” – Rick B
- “My hygienist said yesterday, ‘This is the best your gums and teeth have ever looked.‘” – Rosita R
- “Our gums are no longer bleeding…” Charletta T
- “…now I just no longer have any receded gums.” – Laura H
- “The dentist has confirmed that the decay on our son’s front teeth has stopped!” – Sayuri G
- “…it appears as though my gums have begun to regenerate.” – Lara T
- “…the canker sore healed in a fraction of the time it normally would have taken to heal.” – Jan S
- “A drop rubbed on a cold sore a few times a day shortens the healing time significantly.” – Angela E
- “…I have no more tooth sensitivity…” – Heidi F
- “OraWellness is truly my healing miracle.” – Susan H
Other customers have even reported improvements with seemingly unrelated issues, from arthritis to brain fog. This makes sense given that gum disease is a major contributor to systemic inflammation. We
While we’re here, if you have an OraWellness product success story to share, please send it to us here and we’ll even give you a gift for sharing your story with us!
So, after many years of studying the literature and hearing customer testimonials, here’s how we have come to view the main benefits of the HealThy Mouth Blend:
- Increased adhesion inhibition – makes it more difficult for thug bugs to undermine our oral health.
- Disrupts quorum sensing – scrambles the communication between different thug bug species.
- Balances oral flora – targets specific thug bugs without compromising the diversity of the oral microbiome.
- Reduces plaque formation – helps us be a ‘good conductor of the symphony in our mouths’.
- Increases saliva production – critically important to stop tooth decay and gum disease.
We hope this article has provided some helpful insight into the thought/prayer/research process that went into creating our HealThy Mouth Blend.
And remember, if you’ve benefited from using our products, please share your experience in the comments below so others who are reading this can hear from you directly. It’s always so much more powerful when we can read testimonials directly from the happy customer! Also, you can submit your testimonial here if you’d like the chance for us to highlight your success story with our community.
We always love to hear how you benefit from our products!
Helpful, related resources:
“Why do I need an alternative to toothpaste?” [[article and video tutorial]]
The HealThy Mouth Blend’s Long Road to Organic Certification [article]
Can some plaques actually help our teeth stay healthy? [article]
How to balance your oral flora [article]
Are essential oils safe to use in the mouth? [article]
Is a major cause of disease hiding right under our noses? [article]
Customer testimonials for HealThy Mouth Blend [customer testimonials]
OraWellness HealThy Mouth Blend [product solution]
OraWellness Nut Free HealThy Mouth Blend [product solution]