Homemade Mouthwash Recipes

May 26, 2013 Beauty

homemade mouthwashRigorous dental care is more important than we might think for our overall health. Surprisingly or not, bad oral hygiene is linked not only to gum disease, but also to heart diseases, dementia, pancreatic cancer, rheumatoid arthritis or pneumonia. When we brush, floss and use mouthwash we remove part of the dangerous bacteria that can be found inside the mouth, thus preventing them from getting to vital organs. That’s why choosing the best toothpaste and mouthwash is very important. However, this is no easy task because of all the potentially dangerous chemicals contained by many dental care products.

Besides all natural ingredients products which are usually more expensive than average products, there are also recipes we can make ourselves, at home. Here are a few homemade mouthwash recipes to try. The basic ingredients are a cleansing agent and one to flavour the mouthwash. This is usually peppermint or cinnamon essential oils. The cleansing agent could be baking soda, vinegar or alcoholic drinks like vodka or rum.

Chamomile tea and baking soda

One chamomile tea bag in 0.5 liters of boiling water with a pinch of baking soda can make a fine mouthwash. One peppermint tea bag could add a soft fresh touch to the mouthwash and a few drops of peppermint essential oil could enhance the freshness.

Bee propolis mouthwash

The antibacterial properties of bee propolis make it an efficient homemade mouthwash. About 20 drops of propolis tincture can be dissolved in a glass of water and used as mouthwash.

Aloe vera mouthwash

A more complex recipe is provided by Simple Homemade.net. It contains 1 cup aloe vera juice, 1 tablespoon witch hazel, 2 teaspoons baking soda, ½ cup distilled or filtered water and 20 drops peppermint essential oil. This mouthwash can be stored in a dark, cool place for about two weeks.

Homemade Rosemary-Mint Mouthwash

Recommended by Ultimate cosmetics.com, this mouthwash contains 2 1/2 cups distilled or mineral water, 1 teaspoon rosemary leaves, 1 teaspoon fresh mint leaves and 1 teaspoon anise seeds. All ingredients should be added in the boiled water and infused for twenty minutes.

An easier recipe, proposed by the same source, is based on baking soda or sea salt. ¼ teaspoon of baking soda or sea salt, 1 drop of peppermint essential oil and 1 drop of tea tree oil are the main ingredients. They should be mixed with water to obtain a mouthwash with antibacterial properties thanks to the tea tree essential oil.

No matter which homemade mouthwash you choose, bear in mind that is not going to taste exactly like the products you buy. However, peppermint or cinnamon based mouthwashes will have a pleasant fresh taste. More important, don’t forget to visit your dentist every 6 months to make sure that everything is all right with your teeth and gums.