Most people use mouthwash hopes that it will help their mouth feels clean and fresh, at the same time eliminates bad breath. There numerous mouthwashes with different effects available on the market. Either can fight cavities, remove gingivitis, tartar or plaque, whiten teeth, etc. In this article, we going to introduce you an essential oil mouthwash recipe, which you can control the ingredient base on your own needs.
There are a few important ingredients needed for this magic mouthwash recipe:
- Distilled water
Go for distilled water to avoid unknown additive in your mouthwash such as fluoride, chlorine, etc.
Salt can help to preserve your essential oil mouthwash. In addition, its sooth and reduce inflammation in your mouth.
- Baking soda
Baking soda will alkalize your mouth, making it less hospitable for bacteria that cause gingivitis and cavities due to its pH value of 9.
Xylitol is a sweetener that make your mouthwash more appealing. It won’t damage your teeth and keeps cavities away.
- Mineral drops
This ingredient helps to remineralize tooth that maybe damaged by bacteria.
Safety note: If your planned to make a mouthwash for children, it is advisable not to add in any essential oil.
Essential oil is important in this mouthwash recipe. It will disrupt the bacterial cell wall, preventing bacteria activities in your mouth. There are a few numbers of essential oils for you to select:
There are anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties in clove essential oil. Gargling with mouthwash made with clove oil not only will relieve your pain of ulcer, sore throat, and toothaches.
- Tea tree
The antimicrobial properties in tea tree essential oil helps in oral candidiasis and gingivitis.
Wintergreen essential oil can reduce the inflammation as well as pain from infections. Note that Wintergreen essential oil can be toxic when ingested. Make sure you split it out when you use it.
Peppermint essential oil give your mouth clean and fresh feeling. At the same time, it also removes bad breath.
Essential oil mouthwash recipe:
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon xylitol
8 drops essential oil
20 drops mineral drops
250 ml distilled water
Put all ingredients in a mason jar and mix it well.