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Make Your Own Herbal Mouthwash
Using herbal mouthwash can support good oral health when it is used along with regular brushing of teeth. EHC has compiled a variety of mouthwash recipes that will please you. They are full of great ingredients and are pretty easy to make.
There are multiple benefits for creating your own mouthwash.
Inexpensive – Homemade mouthwash will be a fraction of the cost of store bought mouthwashes with the same or better performance.
No harmful chemicals - Manufacturers often include dyes, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and other chemicals that are harmful to you or the environment. When you make your own mouthwash, you know exactly what is it and can tender it to your needs.
Alcohol-free – It is hard to find quality mouthwash that does not contain alcohol which dries out the mouth and causes bad breath. If you make your own you can choose not to include alcohol.
Quality of ingredients – When you make your own mouthwash you may choose to use ingredients of only the finest quality. In order to optimize profits some manufactures may choose to cut costs by using ingredients of questionable quality.
Simple Clove Mouthwash
A little spicy, it may not be suitable for younger children. On the plus side, it will leave your mouth feeling quite fresh. Ingredients are 1 tablespoon whole cloves and 1 cup boiling water.
Place cloves in a heat-proof container (such as a canning jar). Pour boiling water over cloves. Cover the container with a lid or plate and leave mixture to cool. Once cool, strain out the cloves and pour the clove-infused water into a clean container. Rinse mouth with approximately 1 teaspoon of the mixture. This mouthwash will keep approximately one week.
Parsley Mint Mouthwash
Parsley and mint are helpful in killing bacteria and freshening breath. Since this recipe includes a small amount of vodka, it will last longer than the simple clove mouthwash above. Ingredients are 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley, 2 tablespoons of fresh mint, 1 cup distilled water, and 1 tablespoon vodka.
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for about 2 minutes (or until everything mixes well). Pour through a strainer to remove any residual herbs. Pour into a clean jar and close tightly with lid. Rinse mouth with 1 tablespoon of mixture.
Salt Water Rinse
A salt water rinse is not a mouthwash per se, but it is especially helpful for healing sore gums and ridding the mouth of bacteria. Ingredients are 1 cup warm water and 1 teaspoon sea salt.
Mix together the warm water and salt. Gargle and rinse with the mixture.
Antibacterial Natural Mouthwash
Ingredients are ½ cup filtered or distilled water, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 2 drops tea tree essential oil, and 2 drops peppermint essential oil. You need a container, like a small mason jar.
Baking soda will settle to the bottom of the jar when not in use, so be sure to shake mouthwash before each use. Swish about 2-3 teaspoons of this homemade formula in your mouth for a minute or two. As with any mouthwash, try to avoid swallowing this while gargling.
Herbal Mouth Wash
Ingredients are 1 teaspoon dried cloves or clove powder, 2 tablespoons dried peppermint leaf, 2 tablespoons dried plantain leaf, 1 tablespoon rosemary leaf, 15 drops of cinnamon or peppermint essential oil, and 8 ounces of rum or vodka (for tincture).
Place herbs in a pint size mason jar. Pour enough boiling water over herbs to just dampen all of them. This helps release the properties of the herbs. Pour the rum or vodka into the jar with the herbs and hot water. Cover tightly and put in a cool dark place for 2-3 weeks. Each day, shake the jar to help the herbs infuse into the alcohol mixture.
After 2-3 weeks, use cheesecloth or a very fine mesh strainer to strain the herbs out of the tincture. Discard the herbs and pour the tincture into small dropper bottles or other glass jar to store. Add the essential oils, return lid and shake well.
For each use, mix a mouthful of water with about 40 drops of the tincture and swish well for 30 seconds. For extra cleansing, add 40 drops of the tincture to a half and half mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water instead of plain water and swish for 30 seconds.
Aloe is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial healer, and can help treat gum inflammation, canker sores, and cold sores. Ingredients are 1/2 cup aloe vera juice, 1/4 cup distilled water, 1/2 tablespoon witch hazel, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 10 drops of peppermint essential oil. You also need a 6-ounce dark glass bottle.
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Then use a whisk to mix together. Pour into a bottle with the help of a funnel and shake to mix. This will store for two weeks in a dark, cool cupboard. Swish and spit morning and night.
Some common homemade mouthwash ingredients are aloe vera gel, anise, basil, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, coriander, eucalyptus, fennel, ginger, lemon essential oil, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, sage, spearmint, tea tree oil, etc. Many of these ingredients have beneficial medical properties including antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral action, and even cosmetic properties.