It is said that there’s nothing new under the sun, and though many might dispute this, it’s certainly a fact that modern science tends to struggle when it comes to discovering a natural medicine that hasn’t been used for thousands of years somewhere in the world. This is the case of liquorice and magnolia for healthy teeth.
Liquorice root, according to recent scientific research, is extremely effective in fighting the bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum diseases. Two of the licorice compounds in particular, licoricidin and licorisoflavan A, are extremely effective in destroying bacteria.
Used extensively in Chinese natural medicine, dried liquorice root is also used to treat a number of other ailments, such as digestive and respiratory problems.
In ancient Egypt liquorice root was very highly valued for its medicinal properties. Tutankhamen had large quantities of it placed in his tomb, along with his gold and treasures, so he might be able to make the sweet drink known as ‘Mai sus’ in the afterlife.
Another member of the plant world that a few years ago was ‘discovered’ to be beneficial to oral hygiene is the magnolia tree; its bark, to be precise. Studies showed, in fact, that the extract of this bark contains the compounds magnolol and honokiol, which are capable of destroying most of the bacteria that cause tooth decay and bad breath in just 30 minutes.
Like liquorice, magnolia root has also been used for thousands of years in Chinese natural medicine to treat a wide variety of digestive and respiratory ailments, and is said to have anti-inflammatory properties.