How to Make Oak Bark Tooth PowderHarvest strips of bark from select slender oak branches. Cut and peel away bark strips from young branches that are approximately one inch in diameter. Allow the bark strips to dry in a warm place. Break the dried strips into smaller pieces and grind until fine in a coffee grinder. It is helpful to sift (using a flower sifter) the ground powder to sort out larger chucks from the oak bark powder.
Combine equal parts of ground oak bark, ground fennel seed, and biocarbonate soda. Store your oak bark tooth powder in an airtight jar. Pour approximately 1 teaspoon of this powder mixture into the palm of your hand. Dab powder portion in your palm with a wetted toothbrush to clean your teeth with.
Oak Tree ToothbrushPick an oak twig to use as a natural toothbrush. Place the end of an oak twig into your mouth and chew it until the end is frayed a bit. Use the frayed end to clean your teeth and massage your gums.
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Reference: Julie Bruton-Seal & Matthew Seal, Backyard Medicine: Harvest and Make Your Own Herbal Remedies, Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2009