Essential Oil Chewing Gum Recipe
I love to chew gum! It has been a habit of mine for as long as I can remember. My mom and I used to sit together and chew our favorite, “Big Red,” gum together while watching The Price Is Right on our colorless, knob-dial TV. I cherish those memories. They are probably why I enjoy gum so much.
But two weeks ago I developed a throbbing pain in the right side of my mouth. So I booked an appointment with my dentist to find out what was going on. It was not a pleasant visit. He told me I had developed five cavities in my mouth and that I was also suffering from sensitive teeth.
I used to pride myself on never having a cavity. And now I was being told I had five. Rough news. But the worst part was yet to come. After asking me a few questions about my diet (which is mostly healthy), he discovered my love for gum. And you know what he said? He told me I needed to give it up entirely or switch to a sugarless brand.
For starters, I don’t agree with unnatural, artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose that’s commonly found in sugarless gum. And even though there are better choices (xylitol for instance), a single pack of that type of gum can run three to five bucks. That’s craziness!
So before I tell you what I did.
Did You Know (my justification for loving gum so much)
- Chewing gum has all kinds of benefits. Studies have shown that gum chewers have increased concentration and improved cognitive function. Some people even swear that if you chew gum while studying and while you take a test, you’ll get a better grade – if true, this is likely due to the improved blood flow and oxygen that flows to the brain during chewing.
- It helps to keep you awake.
- Chewing gum also helps to combat stress and anxiety (I’m guilty of experiencing both)!
- And it also improves digestion by stimulating saliva in the mouth. Saliva is the beginning of our digestion, it breaks down carbohydrates in the mouth and prepares food for further digestion in our stomach. So the more, the better.
As you can see, there was good reason for me not to ditch my habit.
A Few Ingredients Later
So after hearing that not-so-lovely news from my dentist, I was facing two problems:
- I needed a cost effective, non-damaging gum to keep my chewing gum habit in tact.
- I had to find a way to soothe my sensitive teeth and gums.
How To Make Your Own Chewing Gum Using Essential Oils
I decided to do something that would remedy both problems. I made my own chewing gum using essential oils.
And I did it with only three ingredients.
I got to say, the results were spectacular. And I can’t wait to share the recipe with you!
Essential Oil Gum Recipe
What You Need
- Six ounces of natural beeswax
- 1 drop of clove essential oil
- 2 drops of cinnamon essential oil
What You Do
- Use or make a double broiler.
- Melt your beeswax.
- Add the essential oil drops.
- Pour the mixture into a silicon mold or ice tray and freeze for 2-3 hours or until hardened.
Important Note: Please do not use cheap essential oils for this recipe. You will be ingesting these oils as you chew the gum so I highly recommend you avoid brands that may have synthetic additives (which are not always listed on the bottle). My personal recommendation is DoTerra or Young Living essential oils as both have been tested for purity and used internally by many people without adverse side effects.
Alternatively, you can add a healthy sweetener such as xylitol or stevia if you like. I personally found that the cinnamon oil added enough flavor but ultimately it’s up to you and your preference.
Why use Clove Oil?
For many years, clove oil has been used in dentistry as a numbing agent. It’s powerful and safe as long as it is diluted (which the beeswax does in this recipe). Clove oil is the perfect solution when experiencing a bout of sensitive teeth after eating something cold or drinking a hot beverage and goes well with cinnamon.
And it has also been reported that clove oil decreases decalcification of teeth and actually stimulates remineralization. Now that is awesome!
Why Cinnamon Essential Oil?
The biggest reason is because it tastes good! It has also been linked to improved immune function because it is naturally anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-microbial. Cinnamon also lifts mood and helps to relieve depression. And some even believe it to be a natural aphrodisiac – bonus!
To Wrap Up
Chewing gum has its benefits. So if you have an addiction to it like me, feel vindicated. There’s good reason for it.
And with a couple of minutes, three ingredients and the amazing power of essential oils, you can make your own chewing gum that tastes good, improves the condition of your teeth and improves your mood. That’s a win/win/win all around!