For just a few cents you can cook up a potful of this rinse that tastes good and can be safely used as often as you like. Unlike more expensive commercial mouthwashes, it has no alcohol.
1 cup water
2 tablespoons angelica seeds
Dash of peppermint oil or lemon verbena
1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the water to a boil. Remove from the heat. Stir in the angelica seeds and peppermint oil or lemon verbena. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes. Strain off and discard the solids.
2. Store the liquid in a clean, covered container in the refrigerator and use every day. It should keep indefinitely.
Spicy, Minty Mouthwash.
This simple recipe offers a kick that will make your mouth feel wonderful for hours. Use as often as you like it’s very inexpensive and doesn’t burn like commercial mouthwashes with alcohol in them.
1 cup water
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 teaspoons parsley
1. In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil over medium heat. Remove the pan from the stove and stir in the cloves, cinnamon, peppermint extract, and parsley. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes. Strain off the solids.
2. Pour the liquid into a clean, tightly covered container and store in the refrigerator, where it will keep indefinitely. Use as a gargle and mouthwash.
Bacteria – Fighting Citrus Mouthwash.
Fight the damaging bacteria that dwell in your mouth with this lemon-tasting mouthwash with an alcohol base that acts as a disinfectant. It is as effective as any mouthwash you can buy and much less expensive.
Rinse and swish or gargle, but don’t swallow the liquid.
3/4 cup vodka
30 drops lemon essential oil
25 drops bergamot essential oil
1 1/4 cups distilled water
1. Place the vodka and the lemon and bergamot essential oils in a sterilized 16-ounce glass bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Shake the mixture vigorously to combine.
2. Add the distilled water and shake until well blended. Leave in the refrigerator for 1 week to mature, shaking from time to time.
3. To use, shake the bottle and mix 1 part of the mixture with 3 parts lukewarm distilled water in a small drinking glass. Rinse, but do not swallow the mouthwash.