Ah, there’s nothing that compares to that fresh and clean feeling of mouthwash!
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been stuck on a bus with busted AC all day next to an old Italian man with garlic seeping out of every pore (been there), swish a little mouthwash you’ll feel like a whole new you in an instant!
But most store-bought mouthwashes are filled some pretty dangerous nasties.
Let’s take a look at the ingredients of one of the most popular mouthwashes out there:
Thymol (0.064%) [ORGAN SYSTEM TOXICITY], Eucalyptol (0.092%), Methyl Salicylate (0.060%) [DEVELOPMENTAL/REPRODUCTIVE TOXICITY], Menthol (0.042%)
Water, Alcohol (21.6%) [ORAL CANCER], Sorbitol Solution, Flavoring, Poloxamer 407, Benzoic Acid [ORGAN SYSTEM TOXICITY], Sodium Saccharin, Sodium Benzoate [ORGAN SYSTEM TOXICITY], FD&C Blue 1 [ORGAN SYSTEM TOXICITY; has actually been banned for use in other countries]
Let’s take a deeper look at the alcohol. Not quite sure why this is considered an “inactive ingredient” since there is so darn much of it in there and certainly for its germ-fighting properties.
There is now sufficient evidence to accept the proposition that developing oral cancer is increased or contributed to by the use of alcohol-containing mouthwashes… It is the opinion of the authors that, in light of the evidence currently available of the association of alcohol-containing mouthwashes with the development of oral cancer, it would be inadvisable for oral healthcare professionals to recommend the long-term use of alcohol-containing mouthwashes. —McCullough and Farah, Australian Dental Journal
Time for a safer alternative, huh?
This DIY all-natural herbal mouthwash not only gives you that fresh and clean feeling you want from a mouthwash, its ingredients also have the minerals and antibacterial properties your teeth and gums need.
What you’ll need:
- 1.5 cups filtered water
- 1 teaspoon Real Salt or pink Himalayan sea salt (rich in minerals; inhibits bacteria growth; helps heal cuts and reduce gum inflammation)
- 1 teaspoon calcium magnesium powder (helps remineralize teeth)
- 2 drops spearmint essential oil*
- 2 drops cinnamon essential oil*
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil*
- 2 drops clove essential oil*
- 2 drops myrrh essential oil* (myrrh is not an herb, it’s a resin, but I’m including it in here!)
*After doing the research, I consider these essential oils to be the top five essential oils for healthy teeth and gums (though I’m sure there are certainly more!). When putting essential oils in my mouth, I want to be confident in their purity, which is why I recommend these essential oils.
Add all of your ingredients to a glass bottle (I used an old ACV bottle!), shake it on up, and ta-da! You now have your very own DIY all-natural herbal mouthwash for healthy teeth & gums!
I use this mouthwash twice a day, morning and night after brushing with my DIY all-natural whitening + remineralizing toothpaste. While the salt and EOs inhibit bacteria growth, to play it safe I make a new batch weekly.