Tuesday, July 24, 2012

All-natural mouthwash. An ancient practice with a lot of flavour

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Simple, easy and most likely all ingredients are already in your pantry.

Many traditions have used various vegetable oils as mouthwash.  In ayurveda, sesame oil is used.  A small amount is all that is needed to swish around vigorously in the mouth.  The longer you swish, the more the oil mixes with saliva, drawing bacteria and toxins from the mouth to be spit out and rinsed away down the drain.  Rinse the mouth with fresh water a couple times, brush and you're good to go.  Rinse the sink with hot water.

My preferred mouthwash involves a handful of dried clove buds added to my bottle of sesame oil.

For a milder rinse, use the whole buds.  Crush the buds for a more intense mouthwash.

Other spices to try include:

  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamom
  • Ginger
  • Vanilla pods
  • Licorice root

Many of these act as disinfectants as they have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and are also used in aiding issues of the mouth and gums.

You are essentially making an oil infusion.  Pick your favourite or make a blend.  Chai spice mouthwash!  Remember, each day your infusion will intensify, so start out mild and by the end of the bottle you could have quite the potent rinse.  A small bottle will last a long time as you need only a tablespoon per use.  If the bottom of the bottle is too strong, add more oil.

If sesame is not on hand or your oil of choice, try olive, coconut, sunflower or canola.

Choose a good quality oil, as well as spices, preferably organic or pesticide-free.

In ayurveda, bad breath can be attributed to an improper diet.  If you experience chronic bad breath, consider making a few dietary adjustments to restore balance to your digestive system, naturally.

In the meantime, nourish your teeth and gums with your own flavourful mouthwash.

Enjoy!

Stephanie
atONE Holistic Living

Let me know which herbs and oils you try and how they turn out.





6 comments:

  1. This is such a great post and an eye opener because somethings we just don't know until someone shares them with us. Natural is always best. I appreciate this post of all natural mouthwash ideas! Please come hang out and link up to our link party "Home is Where the Heart is" Please feel free to link up any posts you might want to share! :)
    http://www.homesteadsimple.com/home-is-where-the-heart-is-link-it-up-wednesdays-3/

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    1. Thanks Erika! The mouthwash is a favourite morning ritual of mine. Glad to share it.
      And I will happily join in on your link party.
      Thank you for the invite!

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  2. I just wanted to stop by and say Thank you for linking up to "Home is Where the Heart is" Our link party is a great one because of you! We'd love to have you link up this week too! The party is open now! http://www.homesteadsimple.com/home-is-where-the-heart-is-link-it-up-wednesdays-4/
    PS.
    You've been featured! :)

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  3. Thank you Erika! I'm on my way over :o)

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  4. Ha! Love this! I oil pull with sesame oil and I make my own mouthwash but it never occurred to me to combine these steps and put my mouth washing herbs in my sesame oil! I think I will still make separate mouthwash for the "quick rinses" but I might spice up my 10 minute oil pulling with some chai spices :) Thanks for sharing

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  5. You're welcome Zendoula. Nice to meet a sister oil-puller :)
    Thank you for your comment. Happy swishing!
    Stephanie

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