I love the feeling of clean teeth! There, I said it. There is no better feeling than having nice clean pearly whites, and using this simple DIY mouthwash has made my dental routine even better. It leaves your breath smelling fresh and amazing. In conjunction with this mouthwash, I use my OnGuard toothpaste with activated charcoal for extra whitening oomph. Making my own products has always been fun for me, and knowing exactly what’s in them, gives me peace of mind.
For this recipe, you will need:
A bottle for your mouthwash (it doesn’t have to be a mouthwash bottle, but I just used an empty one that I had cleaned thoroughly)
3 Tablespoons of Liquid Coconut Oil (can be found in the cooking oil section of most supermarkets)
10 Drops of Spearmint Essential Oil
10 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
10 Drops of Clove Essential Oil
Filtered water to fill bottle
Simply place the Liquid Coconut Oil and Essential Oils into your bottle and then add water. Shake well before use. It’s that simple!
Let’s look at some of the benefits to using these Essential Oils in your mouthwash:
- clove is widely accepted as a reliable solution for dry socket and for relieving the pain and discomfort associated with various dental disorders.
- Additionally, research has suggested that clove oil has even more far-reaching effects. The Indian Department of Public Health Dentistry recently conducted a study that evaluated clove’s ability to slow tooth decalcification (“dental erosion”) compared to eugenol, eugenyl-acetate, fluoride and a control group. Not only did clove oil lead the pack by “significantly” decreasing decalcification, it was observed that it actually remineralised teeth.
- Because of it’s high antioxidant count and eugenol levels, clove is also known as the ultimate “protective” herb and has been used in essential oil blends such as “OnGuard”.
- Tried and true for well over 1,000 years peppermint has been used to naturally freshen breath. According to studies, peppermint oil performed better than the mouthwash chemicals chlorhexidine at reducing cavities.
- Because spearmint oil has antiseptic properties (due to the presence of menthol, myrcene, and caryophyllene), it can protect against oral bacteria and fight infection.