10 Aug DIY Herbal Mouthwash
In honor of National Smile Week, we developed this DIY Herbal Mouthwash to celebrate and utilize some of the powerful herbs from our Mouth Herbal Tea.
Here are our favorite ingredients to use:
Clove: Clove is full of bioactive compounds including; flavonoids, hexane, methylene chloride, ethanol, thymol, eugenol and benzene. The plant compounds in Clove make it beneficial as an antioxidant, protectant of the liver, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory herb. It is helpful in relieving nausea, motion sickness, hiccups and vomiting. Additionally, Clove is a natural dental anesthetic.
Licorice Root: Licorice Root helps to alleviate GI symptoms including heartburn, stomach ulcers, colitis, gastritis and inflammation in the lining of the stomach. Licorice stimulates salivation, which protects and cleanses the teeth. Its antimicrobial properties are beneficial in reducing gingivitis and periodontitis.
Peppermint Leaf: Peppermint Leaf contains the compound, menthol which is a vasodilator, which improves blood flow, relaxes muscles, and eases pain caused by headaches. Peppermint Leaf not only helps to freshen breath, but it also supports healthy teeth and gums with its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Sage Leaf: Sage Leaf contains over 160 distinct polyphenols, plant-based chemical compounds that act as antioxidants in the body, which help to defend cells from damage caused by free radicals. It is a nutritious herb that contains magnesium, zinc, copper, and vitamins A, C, E, and 10% of your daily requirements of vitamin K. Sage Leaf contains chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, rosmarinic acid, ellagic acid and rutin— all of which help to reduce the risk of cancer, improve brain function and boost memory. Sage Leaf also has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and is beneficial in reducing dental plaque.
Turmeric: Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and one of its active ingredients, curcumin, helps to reduce inflammation of the gums and relieve pain. Turmeric is beneficial in treating gingivitis and periodontal disease.
DIY Herbal Mouthwash
- Boil two to three cups of water.
- Add a tablespoon Mouth Herbal Tea to a reusable cotton tea bag or mesh infusion basket.
- Pour boiling water into a teapot and steep for about 6 to 8 minutes.
- Pour into a jar and let cool to room temperature.
- Add 5 to 10 drops of peppermint essential oil and stir.
- Use daily for any aches and pains or for overall oral health.