Commercial mouthwashes can often lead to a variety of detrimental health effects. Some of the ingredients these mouthwashes incorporate have been associated with cancer. According to a recent study published in the “Free Radical Biology and Medicine Journal”, the use of antiseptic mouthwash twice a day may lead to the growth of blood pressure, while at the same time increasing the risk of heart attacks.
In order to maintain your oral hygiene, brushing your teeth after every meal and scraping your tongue should be sufficient for cleansing your mouth properly.
Furthermore, mouthwash is most of the times used for a fresh respiration, as well as for eliminating the remaining bacteria in the oral cavity. In this direction, we propose you a natural alternative to commercial mouthwashes; you may easily prepare it at home using only three simple ingredients.
This homemade mouthwash incorporates antibacterial and antifungal properties. Moreover, it is significantly cheaper than the mouthwashes you’ll find in the supermarkets while being highly effective in preventing the disturbance of an unpleasant breath.
Homemade Mouthwash – Recipe
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- ½ tsp baking soda
- two drops of mint essential oil
Simply combine the given ingredients in a cup and use the obtained combination as a regular mouthwash. Rinse your mouth for at least 1 minute, and then spit. Don’t swallow this mouthwash, because the essential oils might present detrimental effects if so.
For better results, you may consider adding two drops of tea tree essential oil or myrrh tincture. Myrrh tincture is utterly beneficial in treating mouth and teeth affections, so use it if you suffer from these conditions.
Rinsing your mouth with coconut oil will help eliminate the toxins present in the oral cavity. Baking soda and the mint essential oil kill the bacteria while granting your mouth a fresh, minty taste, being effective and chemical-free.