Instictively I dumped the remaining Listerine down the sink. But then the thought, dang, what will I use?
Did you know Listerine was created as a steriling solution. Stupid me didnt put 2 and 2 together that our mouth is alive with good bacteria....... that took Dr Lin !
3 Natural Homemade Mouthwashes
Try these variations to freshen your breath and improve your oral health.
Spicy Ginger & Mint Herb Mouthwash
One of the reasons I like this mouthwash recipe is that it’s got all the right natural ingredients without using any essential oils. While essential oils can be great for your mouth, they are strong antimicrobials and if you use too much it could hurt your oral microbiome.
This mouthwash is savory and the longer you let it simmer the spicier it will become. One of the benefits of the spiciness is it stimulates salivation, which is great for your teeth.
Ginger root – This should be fresh and about one inch grated. Ginger is naturally antibacterial. If you enjoy the taste of ginger, feel free to use more.
Peppermint – This should be fresh and torn or chopped coarsely. A small bunch works well. Most people associate mouthwash and toothpastes with peppermint flavor, this is because peppermint is great for your teeth and gums. It’s main component is menthol, which is naturally soothing.
Turmeric – You can use the powdered form from your spice cabinet. I recommend a teaspoon or two. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and great for overall oral health and in fighting gum disease.
Cinnamon – You can use a teaspoon or two from your spices or add a cinnamon stick. Cinnamon is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and adds to the spiciness for better flavor and salivation.
You probably noticed I wasn’t strict with the exact amounts needed in this recipe. This is because it’s all going to be simmered in water and each spice can be adjusted according to your personal taste.
Add everything to about 2 to 3 cups of water in a pot on the stove.
Bring to a low simmer.
Let simmer covered for 25-30 minutes. Keeping in mind that the longer you let it simmer the spicer it will become.
Taste periodically and simmer longer if you’d prefer a stronger flavor, but not going past 45 minutes.
Strain through a very fine strainer into a glass jar.
Let cool and store in the fridge for up to three weeks.
Easy CocoMint Mouthwash
This mouthwash doesn’t require any simmering and is a great option for anyone who wants something easy. Plus, the ingredients are probably already in your kitchen.
2 cups warm water
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
½ teaspoon of Celtic sea salt or pink Himalayan sea salt
¼ teaspoon of baking soda
2 drops of peppermint oil
Mix ingredients in a glass container and shake well.
You’ll have to shake with each use.
Keep out of sunlight but also somewhere warm enough where the coconut oil won’t solidify. If it does become solid, you can run the glass jar under warm water.