Halitosis is a very common issue nowadays, and even if it may seem not to be a serious health problem, it can affect your daily routine or ruin your self-esteem.
But generally speaking, besides the fact that your mouth has a heavy smell, you have to understand that the causes that lead to this effect can be harmful to your health. The bacteria or microbes triggering the smell should be eliminated if you want to protect your overall health. Otherwise, they should lead to several severe infections. And you definitely don’t want that. But how can you keep your breath fresh and kill those bacteria? With a natural rosemary mouthwash.
Just like many other aromatic plants, rosemary has some amazing antimicrobial properties. Besides these, this herb is also antifungal, antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-carcinogenic.
Moreover, scientific studies reveal that this plant can fight some very popular bacteria, such as golden staph, E. coli, Vibro cholerae or Corynebacteria, S. albus, and even the stubborn Candida albicanis.
Many researchers tested the antimicrobial and antioxidant properties of rosemary. For instance, a team of researchers from Yugoslavia wanted to see what is the effect of rosemary and sage essential oils when applied to 13 different bacteria and six types of fungus. The most impressive results of rosemary were recorded in the cases of E. Coli, Salmonella, S. enteriditis, and Shigella sonnei.
Spanish researchers confirm these results, and they state that the efficiency of rosemary is due to its content of phenols. The primary biologically active compounds of this herb are carnosic acid and rosemary acid. These substances are antioxidants, but they also boost the antiseptic properties of rosemary, making it more potent.
Rosemary essential oil is famous for its antiseptic properties, and it can be used successfully as mouthwash, or added to it. It helps in eliminating bacteria, preventing gingivitis, cavities, and dental plaque. All these benefits will also help you get rid of halitosis and enjoy a fresh breath.
How to prepare a DIY rosemary mouthwash
If you are wondering how to make a rosemary mouthwash, the following easy recipes will help with this:
There is no simpler way to prepare a mouthwash than this method.
- Three full teaspoons of rosemary
- 400 ml of water
You can prepare it as you would prepare your tea. You put the water in a pot, bring it to a boil, then take the pot away and add the rosemary. Cover the container and let it like this for about 15 minutes. Then, strain the solution, put it in a glass jar, and store it in the fridge. However, you have to use it in the following three days.
- 200 ml of water
- 1 ½ teaspoon of rosemary leaves
- 1 ½ teaspoon of anise seeds
The way in which you have to prepare this mouthwash is very similar to the first one. Boil the water, take the pot away, add the rosemary leaves and anise seeds, cover the pot and let it like this for 10-15 minutes. After you strain the infusion, let it cool and use it as an antiseptic mouthwash.