Minty Herbal Mouthwash
I really like St. Francis herb farm oils, however using any other oil brand is fine, just make sure that the herbs are of good quality and that they do not contain any unwanted fillers (for example glycerin).
Find a glass bottle, about a litter with a cap that can close the top.
Oils to use
Oil of Oregano
Tea tree oil
Thyme oil ( not from St. Francis)
Add three drops of each oil into the jar/bottle of filtered water (let the chlorine evaporate from it)……and habam!!! you have all natural mouthwash.
Oil of Oregano: Make sure that when choosing an oregano oil that it comes from Mediterranean sources (wild is preferred) as, due to its popularity many companies are now making it from thyme oil to meet demands (St. Francis uses wild-crafted Mediterranean sources). Used in the treatment of Candida and some intestinal and internal parasites, it is perfect at eradicating unwanted bacteria from inside the mouth. Good at combating gingivitis, reducing cavities, loosening up plaque buildup, etc.
Tea tree oil: When selecting a brand make sure the oil originates from Australia. Used to heal various skin and nail problems as well asvaginal infections. tea tree oil is a perfect addition to the clean mouth team. Its potency is fantastic in combating unwanted and harmful bacteria in the mouth.
Peppermint: If you have peppermint in your garden throw a few leaves with the stems in. A calming herb (carminative) when it comes to the colon, peppermint adds a nice taste to the otherwise SUPER STRONG and surprisingly SPICY mouthwash.
Thyme: A herbal disinfectant, it aids against bad breath, swollen tonsils, hoarseness, and a sore mouth (also provides that spicy kick).
References and Further Readings
Ahrens, W., Pohlabeln, H., Foraita, R., Nelis, M., Lagiou, P., Lagiou, A., . . . Brennan, P. (2014). oral health, dental care and mouthwash associated with upper aerodigestive tract cancer risk in Europe: The ARCAGE study. Oral Oncology, 50(6), 616-625.
Behind the label: Listerine teeth and gum defence. (2009, January 13). Retrieved from http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/behind_the_label/269558/behind_the_label_listerine_teeth_and_gum_defence.html
Fine, D. H. (2010). Listerine: past, present and future – A test of thyme. Journal of Dentistry, 38.
Hoffmann, D. 1990. Holistic Herbal. A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies. London: Thorsons.
Tg, A. H. (2014). The Effect Of Listerine Mouthwash On Dental Plaque, Gingival Inflammation And C – Reactive Protein (CRP). Dentistry, 04(02).
Tierra, M. (1998). The way of herbs: fully updated–with the latest developments in herbal science. New York: Pocket Books.
Amanda Filipowicz is a certified nutritional practitioner (CNP) with a bachelor in environmental studies (BES) from York University. She also has certification in clinical detoxification, prenatal and postnatal care as well as nutrition for mental health. She has been working as a nutritionist since 2013 and is a lifelong proponent of eating healthy.