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All Natural Homemade Mouthwash Ingredients
- Mouthwash Ingredients - "Can Mouthwash REALLY Kill Me?"
You swill your mouth with mouthwash twice a day believing this improves oral hygiene. Did you know this can seriously (and unbelievably) threaten your life?
Is Mouthwash Safe?
Mouthwash is an oral hygiene product that many of us use daily as a guard against bad breath and gum disease.
What many do not realize are the very benefits commercial brands say their mouthwash has, actually are reversed by their use of certain chemical ingredients.
We hand over our hard earned cash expecting great results from these much hyped and advertised "best mouthwash" products with vague words promising clean, fresh minty breath.
These may give temporary fresh breath, a clean feeling and a minty taste, but may also leave your mouth very dry, irritated and could also be a serious health risk.
There are alarming reports and studies that have been, and continue to be, investigated as to the exact dangers and effects the commonly used mouthwash ingredients have.
Many are unpronounceable and chemicals so my philosophy now is if I don’t know the ingredient and cannot pronounce it . . . forget it, move on.
Best Mouthwash Ingredients
Benefits of Homemade ~
- Chemical Free
- You Control Ingredients
- Cost Effective
- Alcohol Free
Having researched different documents and recipes, I have discovered there are many great natural Ingredients including herbs, plants, regular kitchen cupboard staples and natural sugars that are used.
This makes an all natural homemade mouthwash with genuine health and oral hygiene benefits, incredibly appealing on every level and ticks all my boxes of the benefits of homemade.
Let’s take a look at these ingredients now.
Aloe Vera Plants
nearly 400 mouthwash brands listed and scientifically rated from best to worst in three categories which are health, environmental and social performance of product and company.
Ingredients From The Plant Kingdom ~
Aloe Vera Gel – used extensively in homemade skin care and remedies, it has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Anise – a flowering plant with a flavor similar to fennel, licorice and tarragon. It contains Anethole which has excellent antimicrobial properties against bacteria, fungi and yeast.
Basil – a strong potent smelling herb, widely used in cooking and homemade beauty products, research has shown basil oil to have anti-cancer, antimicrobial and antiviral properties. It is also a potent antioxidant.
Bergamot Essential Oil – beautiful citrus fragrant oil that originates from a yellow fruit, the size of an orange. Bergamot has been shown to soothe and calm inflamed skin and has antiseptic properties to prevent infection.
Cardamom – this has a strong flavor and an aromatic scent. Used as a natural decongestant, cardamom is perfect for treating infections of the teeth and gums and in the prevention and cure of throat infections.
Cinnamon – this aromatic spice is a natural preservative as it inhibits bacteria growth and prevents food spoilage. High in antioxidants, cinnamon essential oil has antimicrobial properties. Cinnamon makes a wonderful aromatic addition to homemade air fresheners and potpourri.
Cloves, Cinnamon & Cardamom
Clove – high in antioxidants, clove when applied to the cavity of the tooth, is excellent at reducing toothache. It has strong antiseptic qualities which help ward off any infections of the teeth.
Coriander – the seeds when crushed exude a strong lemon scent. Both leaves and seeds have been shown to be rich in antioxidants, with the leaves having the higher concentration.
Eucalyptus – this oil is one of the most widely used for its many uses and benefits. It has antibacterial effects against pathogenic bacteria and is commonly used in other oral products such as toothpaste, cough drops, and decongestants and may be used in a homemade deodorant.
Ginger – this root has antibacterial properties and stimulates the production of saliva in the mouth.
Fennel – an aromatic and strong flavored herb, fennel has similar properties to anise. It contains anethole and has antimicrobial properties against yeast, fungi and bacteria.
Goldenseal – this has been known to be effective in the treatment of canker sores when used in a mouth gargle. It is also antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory.
Lemon Essential Oil – lemons and lemon oil are widely used for their extensive benefits and the acidity in the lemon helps to deodorize, disinfect, and bleach stains.
Mandarin Essential Oil – well known in traditional Chinese medicine, the dried peel of mandarins is used to control phlegm, aid digestion and abdominal distension.
Marjoram – this sweet piney scented herb is high in antioxidants and the leaves and stem are used for their expectorant, antiseptic and antimicrobial qualities.
Myrrh – this ancient essential oil, known for being one the gifts to baby Jesus from the 3 wise men along with gold and frankincense, is excellent in mouthwash, toothpaste and gargles for its antiseptic benefits and its prevention and cure of gum disease. It is also has excellent preservative properties.
Oregano – Similar to marjoram this popular herb has antimicrobial, antiseptic and expectorant properties.
Peppermint – high in menthol, peppermint is a natural choice for mouthwash, toothpaste and a range of culinary foods. Peppermint may also be used in homemade lip gloss, lip balm and foot exfoliating scrub recipes.
Rosemary – this fragrant herb and essential oil contains a number of potentially biologically active compounds and is rich in antioxidants.
Sage – slightly peppery in taste, this herb is used for its anti-fungal, antibiotic and astringent qualities.
Spearmint – this has a minty taste and is another ingredient high in antioxidants. The essential oil has some anti-fungal benefits.
Tea Tree Oil – extensively known and used throughout the world, tea tree oil has excellent medicinal benefits when applied topically including antiseptic, antibacterial antifungal and antiviral. It is a widely used cosmetic ingredient in a range of beauty products including soap, face wash, face masks and deodorants which are all easily made at home.
Thyme – the essential oil of common thyme (Thymus vulgaris) composes of 20-54% thymol. Thymol is the main active ingredient found in Listerine mouthwash and is an antiseptic. Before the modern use of antibiotics, thymol was used to medicate bandages and is commonly used in natural hand sanitizer products.
Turmeric – this spice which is a member of the ginger family, has many uses and is known for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiseptic qualities. Homemade beauty recipes with turmeric are widely used now, particularly in Asian and Middle Eastern countries including India, Pakistan and Vietnam.
Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana)
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Sugar Substitutes ~
Honey – While honey does contain sugar, it is a more natural form of sweetener.
Honey contains more complex carbohydrates than regular sugar and therefore it breaks down at a slower rate and is therefore more unlikely to cause the same level of mouth problems.
Stevia – this is approximately 30 times sweeter than table sugar.
Scientific research has found that stevia stops the growth and development of harmful bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease.
Xylitol – this is a sugar alcohol sweetener that is used as a natural occurring sugar substitute. Bacteria are unable to form on xylitol and therefore it helps prevent bad breath and dental cavities.
An Apple a Day
Would this list entice you to make your own mouthwash?
- Best Homemade Mouthwash Recipes
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Miscellaneous Ingredients ~
Apple Cider Vinegar – another useful ingredient in homemade skin care and hair treatments, apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties and often used for gargling with to prevent or treat sore throats. It may also be used in mouthwash recipes where it helps dissolve calcified deposits in the mouth. For a facial cleanser recipe check out DIY apple facial cleanser recipe.
Baking Soda – Also known as sodium bicarbonate, it acts as a cleanser for teeth and gums, neutralizes acid in the mouth and is an antiseptic helping to prevent any mouth infections. It has also been used with hydrogen peroxide (3%) to make toothpaste.
Calcium Carbonate – this has an abrasive quality and has been used in place of fluoride to demineralise the enamel coating on the teeth.
Glycerine – this is a sweet tasting preservative that is 60% as sweet as sucrose widely used in culinary dishes and homemade products. Even though it contains the same food energy as table sugar, it will not raise the blood sugar levels and bacteria are unable to feed off it and form plaque and dental cavities.
Gum Arabic – this useful ingredient reduces the surface tension of liquids which means it allows your homemade mouthwash to remain mixed together. It also enables mouthwash to get into small awkward spaces such as between the teeth.
Hydrogen Peroxide – The FDA have approved using up to a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution in mouthwash. Using a higher dose level may irritate your mouth and do more harm than good. Food grade hydrogen peroxide is generally a 35% proof so it is therefore of utmost importance you remember to dilute this down to a 3 % level for mouthwash recipes. Commonly known for its whitening, disinfectant, antibacterial, antiseptic and odour removing qualities, it may also be used in homemade toothpaste.
Salt – or sodium chloride, acts as a preservative absorbing the water content from bacteria. This inhibits the growth and spread of bacteria. Commonly used in cooking, it may also be used in mouthwash, soap and detergent making. A great body scrub using salt is homemade shower gel salt scrub.
Vodka – while it may be used, I do not recommend it due to its alcohol content but it is up to you. It may also be use in homemade eau de cologne for men as a base.
Water – always used in mouthwash recipes, never use ordinary tap water as it contains chlorine, mercury, nitrates and may contain carcinogens such as chromium-6. Experiment with using boiled, filtered, distilled, and mineral or soda water varieties.
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Further Info on Ingredients by Rajan Jolly ~
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