Using a mouthwash should be a part of our daily routine of oral hygiene. Brushing our teeth is an essential part because this action helps to maintain our teeth clean and removes all foreign particles that have become lodged between them.
Flossing is also necessary because the thin ribbon can go where the broad bristles of our toothbrush cannot. Lastly, using a mouthwash will clean and heal any lesions that have formed on our gums and which can lead to infections.
Ingredients for Mouthwashes
One ingredient that has been used for ages in a mouthwash is Myrrh. It has antiseptic and astringent properties, and its aroma is pleasant. It is used as a tincture to heal sore gums and other mouth ulcers. Fennel is also used in mouthwashes mainly because of its intense aroma. Its use in mouthwashes leaves the mouth fresh and clean. Peppermint is used mainly as a source of aroma and is a source of menthol, which has a pleasant odor.
Here are the recipes for Mouthwashes:
Myrrh and Peppermint Mouthwash
An effective mouthwash can be made in the home by combining 6 tablespoons of high proof brandy or vodka with 10 drops of Myrrh. Put these two ingredients in a bottle and combine by shaking thoroughly. Add 10 drops of peppermint to the bottle drop by drop and shake again. Next, add 2 drops of Lemon and 1 drop of Thyme and shake again until the 5 ingredients have been combined. To use as a mouthwash, put 2 teaspoons of the mixture into a glass of water and mix by stirring with a spoon or other utensil.
Fennel and Thyme Mouthwash
Another way to prepare a mouthwash in the home is by pouring 6 tablespoons of high proof brandy or vodka with 10 drops of Fennel into a bottle. Mix thoroughly by shaking the bottle vigorously. Add 10 drops of Grapefruit Juice, 2 drops of Thyme and 1 drop of Chamomile to the bottle, shaking the bottle to mix each of the ingredients. To prepare a single dose of mouthwash for daily use, put two teaspoons of the mixture into half a glass of water and mix thoroughly.
Baking Soda and Peppermint Mouthwash
A third mouthwash can be prepared by mixing 2 ounces of water, a pinch of sea salt or Baking Soda, 1 drop of Peppermint Oil and 1 drop of Tea Tree Oil. Combine all of the ingredients one by one, shaking the bottle vigorously until the liquid is uniform. Use a glass of water with 1 teaspoon of this liquid as a daily mouthwash.