This recipe for a homemade mouthwash is as health-promoting as it is effective and easy to put together.
Did you ever consider that your mouthwash may be hurting rather than helping your oral hygiene? Most mouthwashes, especially the ones that are labeled as most effective, contain alcohol and other harsh chemicals, colorants and flavorings. While you may be immediately gratified and confident about your breath, you may actually be compromising your overall oral health, the kind of thing that leaves you disappointed in the long run.
When it comes to effective mouthwash, there are often two things we consider – the mouthwash should kill bacteria and fight bad breath. Most products on the market do quite well in both of these categories, however they remain harsh and can compromise your overall health.
Many mouthwashes contain alcohol, which can irritate oral tissues and cause dry mouth, which is ironically the cause of bad breath. Many mouthwashes stain your teeth and cause a burning sensation. If you had sensitive teeth, mouthwashes would only exacerbate the problem.
In one study, researchers discovered that the blood pressure among 19 healthy people after having rinsed with an antiseptic mouthwash increased from 2 to 3.5 mm Hg – the kind of jump, if left alone, could increase the risk of cardiovascular disease by 7 percent!
Instead of the regular types, try out a homemade mouthwash that gets the job done. This homemade mouthwash recipe includes the following:
- Baking soda – a mild abrasive to remove stains as well as whitens teeth
- Tea tree oil – proven to fight gum disease
- Peppermint oil – prevents bad breath
Good for about 6 uses
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 4 drops tea tree essential oil
- 4 drops peppermint essential oil
Directions: Place all into a small class container with a lid and shake until evenly combined. Swish a few teaspoons in the mouth before spitting and rinsing.
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