However, many do not realize they can whip up their own effective mouthwash at home.
Here are a few benefits of making your own mouthwash, and a recipe for a minty clove DIY mouthwash.
- OTC mouthwashes contain triclosan, an antibacterial agent, that may cause hormonal changes, harm your immune system and make your body antibiotic resistant.
- Fluoride found in mouthwashes is a potential carcinogenic.
- The antibacterial compound chlorhexidine in mouthwashes increases blood pressure. It also causes tooth discoloration.
A homemade, natural mouthwash will be free of harmful chemicals.
- A 2015 study published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention notes that OTC mouthwashes contain alcohol that forms acetaldehyde (a carcinogenic) in the oral cavity. This significantly increases the risk of mouth and neck cancer.
- Furthermore, the alcohol leaves the mouth dry and irritated.
A homemade mouthwash will be devoid of alcohol.
OTC mouthwashes may often contain sub-standard ingredients that may prove harmful in the long run.
A homemade mouthwash will be of superior quality, as you can choose to use only the finest quality ingredients.
OTC mouthwashes can prove heavy on your pocket. As it is a daily-use product, you have to keep buying it over and over again.
A homemade mouthwash will provide all the benefits of an OTC mouthwash for significantly less cost.
Benefits of Clove
Cloves are the tiny flower buds of a tropical tree called Syzygium aromaticum. Clove oil contains a compound called eugenol that is a terrific antiseptic and dental preservative.
Eugenol exhibits potent antibacterial properties against oral bacteria and periodontal gum disease, according to a 2011 study published in the Archives of Oral Biology. It also has terrific antifungal properties, according to a 2005 study published in Fitoterapia.
Eugenol is also a anticarcinogenic (inhibits cancer) and a dental analgesic (relieves toothaches).
Benefits of Cinnamon
Cinnamon possesses effective antibacterial properties, as supported by a 2008 study published in Food Science and Technology Research. Plus, it helps treat oral cavities and dental plaque.
Cinnamon also relieves inflammation in the mouth.
Benefits of Peppermint
Peppermint has myriad antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral properties.
A 2013 study published in the European Journal of Dentistry substantiates the efficacy of peppermint oil as an effective antiseptic solution against oral bacteria.
Peppermint oil also increases salivation in the mouth.
A dry mouth causes halitosis (bad breath). This oil is especially helpful for people suffering from mouth dryness due to regular use of alcohol-rich OTC mouthwashes.
Beyond its oral health benefits, peppermint oil has a pleasant taste, an incredible cooling effect and is instantly refreshing.
Homemade Minty Clove Mouthwash
Things You Will Need:
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1 piece of muslin cloth for straining (alternatively, you can use a fine mesh strainer)
- A saucepan
- A measuring cup and teaspoon
- A bowl
- A small bottle
1. Pour the water in a saucepan.
2. Add the cloves.
3. Add the ground cinnamon.
4. Bring the mixture to a boil, remove the pan from the heat and set it aside (covered) for 10 minutes to allow the ingredients to steep.
5. Strain the mixture through the muslin cloth into a bowl a couple of times.
6. Pour the strained mixture into a small bottle.
7. Finally, add 4 drops of peppermint oil to the mixture. Tighten the lid, lightly shake the contents and keep it in the refrigerator
Your natural, chemical-free, non-hazardous mouthwash is ready!
Use it twice every day. This mouthwash should last for 5 to 7 days.
- Carry a little bit of this mouthwash in a small spray bottle (available at your local drug or discount stores) and use it as a mouth freshener on the go.
- Add 2 drops of oregano oil to this mixture to further fight bad breath. Oregano oil is a natural halitosis-combating agent.
- Add 2 teaspoons of baking soda to remove acid residue from food that causes bad breath.
- Add 2 drops of thyme oil to fight cavities and dental plaque. Thyme oil contains thymol, an antiseptic agent found in OTC mouthwashes.
- Add 1 drop of myrrh oil to reduce gum inflammation and toothaches.
- Add 2 teaspoons of fresh parsley for increased antibacterial effect.