Homemade mouth wash is a fantastic way to improve your dental health using all natural ingredients!
I’ve mentioned before that I have really bad teeth, and how I’m working really hard to strengthen them through natural tooth care, mostly by making my own, homemade remedies. Namely, I’ve made my own homemade toothpowder, which is incredibly mineral rich (great for building tooth strength!), and that I love.
My next step has been to create a mouth rinse, that will leave my mouth feeling fresh and clean, as well as further support dental health.
I’ve toyed with various complicated mouth rinses including adding vodka, epsom salt solutions, and this herbal mouthwash recipe from Wellness Mama, but in the end, simple is always better, isn’t it? This blend is just that: a simple mixture of filtered (or spring/well) water, baking soda, essential oils, stevia (or xylitol, which is better for your teeth), and liquid trace minerals (if you have them).
Why these ingredients?
Baking soda, helps neutralize acids produces by bacteria in plaque, which could potentially destroy tooth enamel if left unchecked (source), and helps break down stains to whiten teeth.
Clove oil, is antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac and stimulating. germicidal properties of the oil make it very effective for relieving dental pain, tooth ache, sore gums and mouth ulcers. Clove is also effective against cavities, and traditionally, in India, clove oil was added to a small cotton ball and put at the end of the tooth which has the cavity every day before going to sleep. The cavity would vanish in a few days. As a result, clove oil is added to numerous dental products and medications, including mouthwash and tooth paste. (source)
Peppermint oil has been shown to be superior to the mouthwash chemical chlorhexidine in inhibiting the formation of biofilm formations linked to dental cavities.18 Powdered peppermint leaves have also been used historically to freshen breath and whiten teeth; you can even add a drop or two directly to your toothpaste. (source)
Trace minerals. Did you know that the saliva washing over your teeth, helps remineralize them? The problem happens when there aren’t enough trace minerals available in the saliva to do the job. That’s why trace minerals can be an important addition to your dental care products if you’re trying to strengthen your teeth, and while it’s an optional ingredient in this mouth rinse, I highly recommend it.
Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from the fibrous parts of plants. It does not break down like sugar and can help keep a neutral pH level in the mouth. Xylitol also prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth. (source) Here we have a sweetener that actually helps prevent tooth decay. Are you kidding me?!
So, I’d say homemade mouth rinse is pretty powerful stuff!
Homemade Mouth Wash Recipe
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon xylitol or stevia
- 5 drops concentrated trace minerals
- 5 drops of clove or Thieves essential oil
- 5 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 1 cup filtered or spring/well water
- Pour everything into a glass bottle.
- Close the lid tightly, and shake until everything is dissolved. (about 30 seconds)
- Shake well before each use.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
- Use to rinse and swish in your mouth as you would a typical mouth rinse.
- Happy tooth cleaning!
Recipes everyone can make!
Nourish your body with ingredients you already have in your kitchen!
Last week, I talked to my dentist about which type of mouthwash I should use. He told me that I didn’t have to resort to buying the mouthwashes in the stores, but that I could actually make my own. I had no idea that essential oils and baking soda could combine together to help me clean my teeth and so I am really glad that I found this post so that I can try it out. However, what benefit would I get from having stevia in my mouthwash?
Carmela Zenner says
I am interested in trying this, but am puzzled as why it has to be refrigerated? Wouldn’t the essential oils added keep it fresh in the cupboard, or could grapefruit seed extract be added as a natural preservative?
Just covering my butt so nobody gets mad if they perceive their mouth wash to be rancid.