How to make your own anti-viral mouthwash with clove oil and myrrh
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How to make your own anti-viral mouthwash with clove oil and myrrh

Sacramento : CA : USA | Nov 10, 2009 at 12:53 PM PST
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Are you tired of constantly getting gum disease, cavities, and bacteria? Is your high sugar diet rotting your teeth from the inside out? Is there anything you can do besides using a Water Pik™ filled with half hydrogen peroxide 3 percent solution and half water? How about adding a final rinse for your gums after flossing, brushing, and water irrigation, with a home-made anti-microbial mouthwash that uses oils from spices, herbs, vitamins, and minerals?

Did you know that chewing on a pomegranate or cranberries also kills bacteria around the gums? But when pomegranates or cranberries aren't in season, what's an effective mouthwash you can make?

What type of a mouthwash is antimicrobial and fights gum disease that you can make from spices in your home? After your dental cleaning, make a soothing anti-viral and anti-bacterial mouthwash with exotic myrrh and clove oil.

Disinfect those mouth sores caused by a virus. Oxygenate away those anaerobic bacteria that create the roots of gum disease. Start by making a safe antimicrobial oil-based mouthwash using herbs, oils, minerals, non-corrosive vitamins, and water.

Buy your oils online and in health food stores. But first tell the store clerk you want oil of cloves and myrrh for use inside your mouth as a mouthwash, not the type of oil prepared for use as oil lamp insense or for massage. You're going to make sure the oil has no ingredients in it that would be unsafe to put in your mouth. And you're not going to swallow the mouthwash. Just rinse with it for 30 seconds or so and spit it out.

Always make sure the clove oil and myrrh you buy is fit for a mouthwash and not for freshening air in a room. To the clove oil and myrrh you're going to add othre vitamins that fight gum disease such as zinc and folic acid. Then you're going to add other anti-microbial herbs that help fight gum disease such as sage, mint, or ginger. Here's the recipe.

Clove and Myrrh Mouthwash Recipe

Mix 4 drops of clove oil, 2 drops of myrrh, one tablet of zinc, and one tablet of folic acid (that you buy in a health-food store) in 16 ounces (473 mil.) of water. Let the tablets dissolve in the water and oils mixture, and then shake well. Add anti-bacterial herbs of your choice such as sage, mint, or ginger.

Don't make a mouthwash with vitamin C powder from ascorbic acid or with any citrus oil, vitamin, vinegar, acid, or fruit that corrodes teeth. Keep your mouthwash alkaline. Don't swallow this mouthwash. Rinse, swish, and spit it out. Choose edible oils. A few drops of edible oils can be added to your home-made mouth wash.

To make a simple mouth wash, mix four drops of clove oil, 2 drops of myrrh essential oils, a folic acid vitamin tablet dissolved in water, and a zinc mineral tablet dissolved in water. You can purchase all these ingredients at a health food store.

Mix oils and tablets in a pint of distilled water until the folic acid and zinc tablets are dissolved. Use as a mouthwash. Don’t swallow any. Store your mouthwash in a covered glass jar in your refrigerator for up to a week.

Make your own mouthwash with three to five drops of natural, wild organic oil of oregano in water. Swish it in your mouth or put it in your Water Pik® that’s already filled with warm water. Move the water and oregano oil between your teeth.

If you have canker sores inside your mouth, rinse the roof of your mouth with extra virgin olive oil. Another way to soothe virus-caused canker sores in your mouth is to make a paste of monolaurin and water.

Open a monolaurin capsule and mix with a few drops of water. When you have a paste, spread it inside your mouth, on your tongue and on your hard palate. Leave it for a few minutes. You can swallow one capsule of monolaurin after it’s been moved around your mouth for a few minutes. It’s made from lauric acid, which comes from coconut oil.

Remember that your skin absorbs anything you put on it, and you never know what you’re allergic to at any time. Make a mouthwash from edible oils or extracts that are anti-viral and not acid-based. You want your mouth to be alkaline.

Your oil base for mouthwash can be extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, sesame seed oil, monolaurin, clove oil, or oregano oil and water. Don’t put the oil of oregano directly on a sore in your mouth as it will burn. Keep it diluted with olive oil and water. Mix oil of oregano first with water.

Take a sip of water, put a few drops of oil of oregano in your mouth, and swish it around. Take another sip of water and either swallow or spit it out. Don’t use more than one or two drops of oil of oregano with water if you plan to swallow it. If you buy essential oils in a health food store make sure you purchase oils safe to put inside your mouth, not oils meant for external massage. Never put oils that burn your mouth in any other body orifices.

Oils are for rinsing out the mouth. The only oil you could swallow safely after swishing around in your mouth would be extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, or coconut oil. Some oils are toxic if swallowed, and others are toxic if swallowed while not diluted one part of oil to 25 parts of water.

Before you use any particular oil for making your own mouthwash, check the aromatherapy sites to make sure the oil you select is not toxic. View the video below on monolaurin, which may be helpful if you have a viral infection in your mouth, such as some types of canker sores.

Photo credits: Flickr.com.

AnneHart is based in Sacramento, California, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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