This mouthwash recipe is a delightful accompaniment to your natural oral care regimen. It gives you that fresh and clean feel without the burning sensation or chemical taste in your mouth of conventional mouthwashes. It’s a mild but effective way to clean your mouth and maintain optimum oral health.
Sure, mainstream mouthwash brands do indeed fight bacteria and prevent gum disease, but they’re not exactly all that good for your overall, long-term health. The artificially blue, green, and off-red elixirs are full of unnatural ingredients, including thymol, hexetidine, and methyl salicylate, additives that are easily absorbed by the body. Luckily, it’s quite easy to pull together a natural mouthwash recipe that not only does the dirty work but also doesn’t harm your health.
In this mouthwash recipe, peppermint oil and coconut oil join forces to refresh your senses, fight bacteria, and prevent cavity formation. Peppermint oil is naturally aromatic and will leave your mouth feeling tingly fresh. Meanwhile, peppermint oil and coconut oil both have inherent antibacterial, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties to do the work of fighting off tooth decay and gingivitis.
Homemade Mouthwash Recipe
Makes 1 cup
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil, melted
- 4 drops peppermint oil
- Dash of sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
Add all of the ingredients to a glass container. Seal the container and shake until all is well combined.
Store away from direct sunlight. When you want to use the mouthwash, swish around a mouthful of it for 30 seconds before spitting it out. Use in the morning or whenever you want to freshen your breath throughout the day.
Note that coconut oil can solidify at temperatures below 76 degrees Fahrenheit, so you may need to warm it slightly to use if this happens. You can soak the bottle or jar in a dish of warm water to return coconut oil to a liquid state.