Other than saving a lot money, you might be wondering by bother with making your own mouthwash. Just take a look at the ingredients on the back of your mouthwash bottle. More than likely you will discover that you are actually getting a mouthful of chemicals.
The active ingredients in mouthwash usually include Benzalkonium chloride, Methylparaben, Hydrogen peroxide, Domiphen bromide, Hexetidine, and Chlorhexidine gluconate. Other popular ingredients include foaming agents, ethyl alcohol, flavored oils (not necessarily natural), antimicrobial ingredients, colorants, preservatives and fluoride.
Ethyl alcohol, one of the most popular ingredients, can weaken the lining of gums and oral cavity, which can increase the risk of damaging chemicals affecting your DNA. Research reported by Standford University suggests, though it is not conclusive, that the alcohol in antiseptic mouthwash might increase the risk of oral cancer.
Most mouthwashes also include synthetic colors, aromas, and flavorings—which are basically perfumes. These perfumes and alcohols contained in most mouthwashes may take away mouth odors temporarily, but they can also alter the basic flora and pH of your mouth and throat which can have serious side effects.
Not all mouthwashes are created equal, and some use more questionable ingredients than others. One way to freshen your mouth without the worry is to create your own mouthwash using essential oils that are naturally cleansing, purifying, or germ-destroying in nature.
You can easily make your own mouthwash that is free of chemicals, perfumes, preservatives, artificial colors, and more with two simple ingredients—water and essential oils—which can be just as beneficial (if not more) than chemicals used in traditional mouthwashes.
Try this simple and cost effective mouthwash recipe for a clean, refreshed, and healthy mouth.
MOUTHWASH MADE WITH ESSENTIAL OILS
- 10 drops of doTERRA essential oil(s)
- 2 cups water (distilled, filtered, or boiled water, cooled)
- 16 ounce dark glass bottle
- Put 10 drops of the essential oil(s) of your choice into the glass bottle or jar. (Not all essential oils are equal in purity – learn more.)
- Pour in 2 cups of distilled, filtered, or boiled water into glass bottle. Note: If you boiled water, make sure you let the water come to room temperature before adding to bottle.
- When using, shake first and take a small sip of your homemade mouthwash. Swish around your mouth and gargle for 30 seconds. Spit out, DO NOT swallow.
- You’re done! It’s that easy.
There are many essential oils you could use in your mouthwash. Below are a few suggested oils you could use, by themselves, or by combining two or more to make a blend. My favorite to use is doTERRA OnGuard, the Protective Blend.
Essential Oil Suggestions
Lemon, Melaleuca, Wild Orange, On Guard the Protective Blend, Peppermint, Spearmint, Wintergreen, Cinnamon or Cassia
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Note on Cinnamon essential oil: Be careful when using Cinnamon essential oil as it can be irritating if too much is used. Start with 1 drop and gradually increase if desired.
Note on Wintergreen essential oil: Wintergreen is not labeled for internal use as it contains some phytochemical constituents that can make you sick when taken in large doses. We use a child safety cap on Wintergreen because it smells like candy and don’t want kids drinking it, although it would be very hard to gag down enough to hurt someone. Some oils are not recommended for internal use because they are either not safe or there are no health reasons to use them internally. It does not mean they are not pure or safe; they are just not used in that way. Some individuals use Wintergreen in small amounts for a mouthwash and it is not an issue in this regard. However, we don’t recommend you use high levels (more than 20 drops at a time) of any essential oil internally because they are very concentrated. It is important to remember that more is not always better.
I love my essential oil mouthwash because I know that I am doing something about reducing the toxins in my body which helps keep me healthier. By using doTERRA OnGuard Blend
I am also boosting my immune system and that keeps me healthier, too. And this mouthwash has already save me tons of MONEY too!
What is your favorite essential oil(s) to use in your mouthwash???
Blessings for Health, Joy & Laughter,