3 Top Teeth Benefits of Licorice & Neem Chew Sticks | Tooth Brush

Few years back, it used to be a common sight in my village, to see someone plucking a neem branch in the morning, make a tooth brush out of it and brush. But all that is changing now, it is a rare sight to see someone use neem bark as a tooth brush. With very attractive advertisements for commercial tooth paste and brushes increasing everyday, our humble neem sticks don’t stand a chance.

I remember one of our relatives, who was well into his late eighties used to proudly say to me that he can bite into anything. He was right, with the traditional diet rich in natural fibers, less in sugar and using natural tooth brushes, I am very sure our elders had a stronger teeth than us.

Both neem and licorice can be used to brush our teeth daily, and both have amazing teeth benefits. I am not suggesting that we should only brush our teeth with these natural brushes, but we should try to use these natural brushes, as often as we can.

Benefits Of Brushing With Natural Brushes :

1. For Gum disease & Tooth decay:

Nothing can beat gum diseases than these natural brushes. Especially neem tooth brush has been known to prevent tooth decay. Chewing on the tender bark of these roots, helps the juices to flow into our mouth. These antibacterial juices prevent gum diseases very effectively.

2. For Mouth odor:

Mouth odor is usually caused by the bacteria present in the mouth. Since both neem and licorice root have antibacterial properties, they prevent mouth odor very effectively. If you suffer from mouth odor regularly, regularly use one of these to brush your teeth before going to bed for a few days. You will find the problem gone very soon.

3. For Tooth Ache:

Nothing can beat tooth ache like these two roots. When you have a toothache, take a licorice root and chew on it, make sure to do it using the affected tooth. You will find the toothache gone very soon.

How To Use Neem & Licorice Chew Sticks?

Licorice root is sold dry, so you can use it wherever you are but with neem we usually use only the fresh bark. Though finding fresh neem bark is difficult for some, it can double up as a tongue cleaner too. Peel of the thin layer from a fresh bark, bend it to get a u shape, your homemade tongue cleaner is ready!

For children, chewing on neem will be difficult, as it is bitter, but they can be taught to chew on licorice and I am sure they will do it readily, as licorice is sweet. If they use these from young age, chance of them getting dental problems will greatly reduce.

1. For Licorice: Take a thin licorice root and pound one end of it using a stone. Since licorice roots are hard, I prefer to pound it using a stone, to separate the end part. Now it can be used as a brush.

2. For Neem: Take a fresh tender branch, remove the leaves and start chewing on one end. Now it is ready to be used as a brush. It will be very bitter when you bite into it, if you don’t want the bitterness, pound it just like the licorice root and use.

3. For Tongue Cleaner: Take a little hard branch, not too hard, it will be hard to peel and not too tender, it will tear. Start peeling from one end, bend it to you shape, your homemade tongue cleaner is ready!


  • After brushing with licorice root, cut the used, top part and store it to be reused the next time.
  • Encourage children to brush with licorice root or neem root at least weekly once.



  1. Wise living
    February 13, 2015 / 10:59 pm

    Licroice root, Jamaican chew stick, baking soda and dilute alum solution help with gum health and canker sores

  2. Anonymous
    September 22, 2015 / 8:54 am

    my front two teeth has yellow patch (decay or cavity) which is not going even i used many whitening toothpaste can u suggest me any remedy to make my teeth patch free.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 24, 2015 / 5:23 pm

      Mix baking soda with lemon juice to form a paste and apply on the teeth, wait for half to 1 minute and rinse your mouth. Do it for a few days till the color of the teeth changes back to normal and stop. This bleach though natural should not be overdone…

  3. Elena Vo
    September 29, 2015 / 4:47 am

    where can I buy neem sticks? do you have any suggestions? thank you in advance.

  4. Priya Nair
    March 21, 2016 / 4:19 am

    Thank You Ramya…i will suggest her to use this………….

  5. Manish Gautam
    September 1, 2016 / 5:34 am

    Hi Ramya, i m loosing hair nowadays. Shall i start consuming bringraj powder directly? I have started vitamin B tablets as well.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 3, 2016 / 8:14 am

      Yes you can take bhringraj powder daily for hair fall. But before that try to find out the real cause for hair fall, if we pinpoint the cause of our hair fall it will be easy to treat it: Is it due to stress?, nutritional deficiencies? hereditary balding? scalp problems?….

    • Dreamy Girl
      March 2, 2017 / 4:57 am

      organic consumable bringraj powder? In Amazon most brands state it's not edible due to the additives they add

  6. Unknown
    September 22, 2016 / 4:47 am

    If anyone need fresh bhringaraj plant. Just contact me at 9656450688

  7. Dreamy Girl
    March 2, 2017 / 4:56 am

    Where can we buy organic consumable bringraj powder? In Amazon most brands state it's not edible due to the additives they add

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