A Must Have by Valerie Cheers Brown

“I don’t know about you, yet I think this is wonderful! No chemicals, no toothpaste, only a stick! How great is our Creator that He would furnish us with such a stunning seemingly insignificant natural plant to keep our mouths solidly sound and healthy? “- Valerie Cheers Brown

Have you ever viewed a narrative on television about tribes living in the bush, and pondered to yourself how on the planet these individuals keep such beautiful white teeth? I’m certain I’m by all account not the only one out there intuition these things, right?! What’s more, did you happen to see the general population calmly biting on sticks? Odds are, they might utilize something many refer to as a Miswak (otherwise called Siwak), or “chew sticks”.

I initially found out about Miswak sticks from reading and came across in researching Egypt and medicinal uses of nature. In the wake of finding them on the web, I was immediately inspired with the oral medical advantages this normal toothbrush gloats. Many studys has demonstrated that the individuals who utilize the Miswak chew sticks versus the individuals who utilize current toothbrushes and toothpaste, have fundamentally more beneficial gums, less plaque and gingivitis, and have general better oral wellbeing and snow white teeth.

I don’t know about you, yet I think this is wonderful! No chemicals, no toothpaste, only a stick! How great is our Creator that He would furnish us with such a stunning seemingly insignificant detail to keep our mouths solidly sound and healthy?

So where does this twig originate from, at any rate? All things considered, the Miswak generally originates from either the branches or the underlying foundations of the Peelu Tree (or Arak tree). Despite the fact that this is the most prescribed hotspot for making Miswaks, you can likewise make them from Olive trees, and Walnut trees. I have likewise perused that more than 300 types of trees and bushes are utilized as a part of East Africa for making biting sticks, so it isn’t really assortment particular. (However, you do need to be mindful so as not to utilize a harmful plant!)

Here are a couple demonstrated advantages of utilizing a Miswak:

  • It kills the bacteria organisms which causes gum illness
  • Battles plaque superior to customary toothpaste
  • Prompts to less cavities
  • Freshens breath; kills smell bringing about microscopic organisms
  • Brightens teeth normally
  • Adequately cleans between teeth superior to normal toothbrushes
  • Likewise incredible for the individuals who need to quit smoking!
  • Alright for babies; safe to swallow
  • Step by step instructions to utilize a Miswak
  • Initially, peel or bite the bark off around 1/2 inch from the finish of the stick. Bite the wood on the end until the strands start to independent. At that point brush your teeth with this stringy end as you would a general toothbrush (short the toothpaste). As the brush end gets filthy or starts to fall to pieces, sever or cut the end and begin with a new tip. No requirement for water, however you ought to wash the finish of the brush when completed if conceivable. You can likewise absorb it rosewater to rinse.

In addition to the fact that it is more advantageous, regular, and better for the earth, Miswak sticks can spare you cash as well! This straightforward twig can supplant your toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, and teeth brightening items!!

Where can you buy Miswak? Unfortunately, they aren’t easy to find here in the US, but you can order them online. Amazon carries Miswak sticks (you can also get free shipping!), which is where I ordered mine from. If you have an Arabic store in your area, you might see if they carry them. Some Muslims use a Miswak as a part of their religion, so you may be able to find them locally if you know where to look.

African Chew Sticks
Chew sticks have been used for centuries all over Africa as a means to clean teeth. Chew sticks are natural toothbrushes made from frayed sticks. Sticks and twigs are cut from various trees and bushes such as licorice bush, gum tree, and the Salvadora Persica tree which locals call “The Toothbrush Tree”. In fact, the World Health Organization promotes the use of the twigs of the Salvadora Persica tree as a natural toothbrush.

Chew Sticks
Chew Sticks Available at AfricaImports.com
 Through Africa, you may come across people casually chewing on a stick much like some people may have a toothpick in their mouth. The twigs are generally cut to a thickness of a pencil. Chew sticks are chewed until the end of the stick frays. The frayed end works like dental floss cleaning in between teeth keeping teeth and gums healthy. Once the end of a chew stick is frayed it can be rubbed on teeth, much like using a toothbrush, scrubbing food and plaque off teeth.

Chew sticks are much less expensive than traditional western toothbrushes making them much more accessible to the average African. In Senegal, they are known as “sothiou” meaning “to clean” in Wolof and in Eastern African as “mswaki” meaing “toothbrush” in Swahili.

Research suggests chew sticks contain a number of medically beneficial properties including abrasives, antiseptics, astringent, detergents, enzyme inhibitors, and fluoride. There are local claims chew sticks whiten teeth, freshen breath and even are good for head and stomach problems. Several studies have shown chew sticks are just as effective as toothbrushes and toothpaste for cleaning teeth and gums.


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