Elliot's Natural Foods in Sacramento (on El Camino Avenue) sells a particularly effective mouthwash called Vita-Myr made from myrrh, clove oil, and fortified with folic acid and zinc, known to promote oral health. After experiencing gum disease and using this mouthwash, the gum disease gradually disappeared and has been gone for more than three years. That's just one individual experience, but think about it. Should you make your own mouthwash or toothpaste from anti-microbial food products that are gentle on the teeth when diluted?
You can make your own mouthwash with oils such as extra virgin coconut oil (not refined coconut oil) or extra virgin olive oil. Swish it in your mouth. Another home-made recipe is to use diluted grapefruit extract, about five to fifteen drops diluted in an eight-ounce glass of water for rinsing.
You can make toothpaste from glycerin and coconut oil extract. For example, in some natural toothpastes, one ingredient might be Hamposyl L -95 (Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate). It is NOT Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. It is a mild-cleansing agent derived from Coconut oil and an anti-enzyme cavity fighter and mild foaming agent. You can find this ingredient, for example, in original Vita-Myr natural toothpaste. But it's easy for you to make your own mouthwash or toothpaste using glycerin and an anti-microbial food that's teeth-friendly.
Mouthwash from plant foods have been made for centuries to be used as mouthwash to help the ravages of shrinking gums (usually caused by age, rough toothbrush abuse, or bacteria) or gingivitis (irritation of the gums) and even some milder forms of gum disease. If you make your own mouthwash, you might be interested in adding a rinse of Sovereign Silver (r) bio-active silver hydrosol.
It's used as an immune system support product. In Japan black sesame seeds in the past have been used as toothpaste when mixed with sea salt. But what products are not too harsh on your gums, teeth, or tongue that also are anti-microbial? And what can you make at home from basic foods that you have around the house?
Other products used for mouthwashes diluted with water, for example a drop or two to a glass of water have been in folk medicine use such as oil of oregano, garlic, grapefruit seed extract, tea tree oil, neem oil, echinacea, goldenseal, olive leaf extract, or Bee propolis (not vegan, from bees).
If you use grapefruit seed extract, make sure you mix 5 to 15 drops with water to use as a mouthwash. Never use full strength on your skin. Always dilute it. Other mouthwashes have been extra virgin olive oil. You swish the oil in your mouth. Hold it for about 30 seconds, and spit it out. Olive oil also has anti-microbial properties if it's not refined. But oil leaves your mouth feeling greasy.
Then you might want to rinse out the oil residue after ten minutes, using a more astringent mouthwash. You can make your own from basic food products or vitamins. Don't chew on vitamin C, as the ascorbic acid will harm your teeth. Here's how to make an anti-microbial mouthwash that tastes pretty good using myrrh and clove oil, diluted, of course with water. You'll be adding zinc and folic acid to the mouthwash you make.
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.
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. Also helpful on a lighter note, is the book, Natural Cures and Gentle Medicines.