DIY Mouthwash

Did you know that alcohol based mouthwashes have been linked to oral cancer? There’s a better way to banish bad breath!
In this recipe, therapeutic herbs kill odour-causing germs, soothe sensitive gums and repair damaged tissues in the mouth. A soothing blend of peppermint, fennel and anise freshens the breath. Cinnamon, calendula and sea salt are natural antimicrobials that keep bacteria in check and help to heal tender areas in the mouth.

Herbal Mouthwash

1.5 cups filtered water
2 tsp dried peppermint
2 tsp dried calendula
1 tsp fennel seeds
1/4 tsp anise seeds
2 inch piece cinnamon stick
1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt

Boil water and pour into tea pot or glass jar.
Add dried herbs. You can use a large tea ball or tea bag if you have one, otherwise, just add herbs to pot/jar.
Allow herbs to steep for 30 minutes, then remove ball/bag or strain herbs out using a small sieve.
Add 1/4 tsp sea salt and stir to dissolve. As you get used to saltiness of your rinse, begin increasing salt to 1/2 tsp for more germ-fighting power.
Use your herbal mouthwash after brushing, simply swish a mouthful gently in your mouth and through teeth for 30 seconds, then spit out. Exhale lasting sweetness!
Store extras in the fridge for 3-5 days.

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I’ve been so impressed with how these herbs have helped to tone my gums and reduce any inflammation in my mouth. Plus, I’ve come to adore the flavour and love a quick rinse before heading out the door.
Hope you like it too!