Defense is as much a killer of micro-organisms as it is a killer of boring cocktails but it does highlight why Australia lacks a workable definition for functional foods. In any event, try a short spray of Defense into the glass in which you will serve that negroni or gin and tonic.
But back to the antimicrobial effects and the reason we also label Defense as Mouth Throat Skin:
You see, there are micro-organisms that are adapted to life in our mouth including Streptococcus mutans and Porphyromonas gingivalis and others. The last one may even be implicated in Alzheimer’s disease.
You may have also heard about other species of Streptococci which are associated with sore throats (Google Strep throat for more info) and inflamed soft tissues in our mouths.
These free-loaders grab the sugars we eat during meals and snacks and makes a tooth-coating, polysaccharide slime from them as a food store because they like to eat 24/7. The problem is that as they ‘munch’ through their stolen meal they make acids and other compounds as by-products and these dissolve the enamel on our teeth paving the way to dental caries, periodontal disease and as mentioned, possibly even Alzheimer’s.
Flossing and the like helps dislodge some of our squatting tenants but some can survive to so killing them is better and Defense does exactly that. And there’s other benefits:
We add selected essential oils including food grade ones from eucalyptus oil, Australian peppermint and anise myrtle and enhance the mix with pine essential oil. These all contain components that have been shown to be effective against enveloped viruses. We are not making any claims as Defense is classed as a functional food in the same way as cold tea ca be used as a wash for a tear duct infection (a sty) or putting raw, pure honey on burns or skin grazes.
Incidentally, you can use Defense MTS on your hands, face and even on cuts and abrasions. I have both, Defense and Rainforest Mist in my car for convenience and they both travel with me when I fly interstate or internationally.