www.dropsofnourishment.comA recent trip to the dentist got me thinking about essential oils and mouthwash. I know what you are thinking, okay that’s odd, but let me explain.

First, I am not a fan of going to the dentist, at all. Scraping at my teeth and “near”, (<— I use that work loosely), my gums is not my idea of a good time. In fact I think its torture to human kind. I know your suppose to go once every six months but once a year sounds more doable to me. 🙂 I was given the bad news that I have two teeth that are starting to develop cavities, I know what your thinking, probably because you don’t go to the dentist enough, but I haven’t gotten a cavity in the last 10 years so I was doing great . The dentist told me to brush and floss more, I do the brushing part just fine but flossing is my weakness. Every time I get back from the dentist I tell myself okay its time to floss more, which lasts for about a couple of weeks and then dies off. This time is going to be different, I just need to make it apart of my night and morning routine.I got this!

Second, I want to add essential oils to my teeth care regimen . I have heard and read that essential oils have amazing therapeutic and healing qualities. Cinnamon’s antibacterial qualities help fight mouth bacteria, peppermint is effective at killing anaerobic bacteria, spearmint is a great antiseptic and is soothing to gum tissue, and clove has been used for hundred of years to help relieve tooth pain. These are just a few that can be great to add to anyone’s oral care.

Don’t get me wrong this is not to replace the dentist (no matter how badly I want it too 🙂 ) and I’m not saying that essential oils is going to magically make my cavities disappear, but I could sure use whatever help I can get.

Third, You might be wondering why I don’t just go buy some mouthwash from the store, well let me tell you. Have you ever noticed how painful it can be to use mouthwash from the stores. I have tears come to my eyes after about 10 seconds of swishing. Also, did you know that most mouthwashes are filled with harsh chemicals such as: Alcohol, Sorbitol, Aroma, Poloxamer 407, Benzoic acid, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium saccharin, Eucalyptol, Methyl salicylate, Thymol, Menthol, Sodium fluoride. Why in the world would I want to put those harmful chemicals in my mouth when I can make my own mouthwash with Cinnamon and/or Clove Essential Oil that can be just as effective without the pain of “oh my gosh, if I don’t spit this out right now my mouth is going to have second degree burns”. Plus no toxic ingredients.

After doing some research I noticed that making your own mouthwash is pretty easy and will only take about 5 mins of your time, not to mention it can save you some money if you already have the ingredients, which I did.

What you need:

2 cups of Distilled water, filtered water, or boiled water (if you use boiled water be sure to let the water cool down first before making)

10 drops of essential oil (Cinnamon, Clove, Tea Tree, Myrrh, Peppermint, and Spearmint are all great ones to try, individually or mix some together)

1 glass bottle (you can recycle one from your kitchen if you don’t want to buy one. I reused my maple syrup bottle.)

1/2 -1 tsp of sea salt (helps reduce inflammation in your gums and helps heal cuts)

Mix all ingredients in a bottle and use twice a day. I would make enough to last a week but I wouldn’t suggest making more than that. This make require a few tempts to figure out how much you use a week.

How to use:

Shake bottle before each use, swish the mixture around in your mouth for 30 seconds and then spit out.

Too much Cinnamon Essential Oil can be irritating so start with a drop or two first. For my mixture I just did two drops of each oil mentioned above (excluding myrrh).