Magnolia bark has been used for centuries as a sleep aid and natural calmative. Recent research has found that magnolia bark is useful in a variety of different circumstances ranging from lowering the stress hormone cortisol to helping with skin problems. Research has also proven that it may be a good remedy in helping to fight tooth decay.
In one study, researchers found that Magnolia Bark Extract was as effective as Listerine in killing bacteria and freshening breath, all while being a natural and safe product. When the extract was chewed in a mint form, it killed 61.6% of bacteria in the mouth, including those known to cause tooth decay.
While Wrigley's is looking at a way to add Magnolia Bark Extract to their products, you can get the jump on this product by making your own mouthwash to use at home. This mouthwash will leave your breath fresh, kill the odor causing bacteria in your mouth, and is safe and natural as well. Here's how to do it.
- ½ tsp Magnolia Bark Extract
- 8 oz water
In a small sauce pan or tea kettle, bring water to a boil, or very nearly a boil. Put your Magnolia Bark Extract at the bottom of a mug, or other vessel suitable for hot water. When the water is hot, pour the water over the magnolia bark.
Stir, and let sit until cool. When it is cool, you have a magnolia bark “Tea” that also works as a mouthwash. Swish the mouthwash around in your mouth for 30 seconds-2 minutes after you have finished your normal dental care routine, or to freshen your breath throughout the day.
This mouthwash can be refrigerated if it isn't all used right away, but should not be left out. Care should be taken the first time you use this mouthwash to make sure you are not allergic to it. Try placing a small amount on your wrist to check for irritation or redness before putting it in your mouth, and use a small amount at first. If you feel any tingling or irritation, you shouldn't use this product. While allergies to magnolia bark is uncommon, using caution the first time you try anything new is always advisable.
Magnolia bark mouthwash has a lot of potential as a natural mouthwash, and can be used daily in your routine as long as you have no allergies to it. The secret to magnolia bark's bacteria killing power is magnolol and honokiol. These two components of magnolia bark extract have anti-bacterial properties that are effective against a variety of different types of bacteria, including oral streptococci, which is known to be a major cause in dental carries.
While you probably won't be swishing magnolia bark around in your mouth for 30 minutes, such as in the study done with mints and chewing gums, an oral rinse may offer some protection for your teeth, without the chemicals that go along with it.