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Natural and homemade oral care

August 15, 2009

I went to the dentist a while back and they recommended I use some hydrogen peroxide based mouthwash to clear up a couple of red areas on my gums. I was a little apprehensive about it but went and bought a bottle from Boots. I’d used it for a couple of weeks but it was far too strong and and didn’t really clear them up.

So I decided to go the good old fashioned route and try some salt water, which worked a treat!

Toothbrush

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Oral care products are amongst some of the worst offenders for nasty ingredients, so I decided to put together a post that suggests alternatives to brightly coloured, over sweeted products. Many of these products can be cheaply made from essential oils and ingredients you probably already have in the kitchen cupboard.

Salt water

This can be used for everything:

  • Sore throats (gargle but avoid swallowing)
  • Sore or bleeding gums
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Cuts and scrapes
  • General oral care and a natural alternative to shop bought mouthwash

Warm some water (cold works fine but warm water is more soothing) and add a couple of teaspoons of salt – more if you can stand it.

Homemade mouth wash

For a basic mouthwash mix 2 drops of essential oil with 285ml (1/2 pint) of spring water. Do not swallow the mouthwash.

For fresh breath:

  • Lemon oil
  • Mint oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Fennel oil

For gum problems:

  • Tea tree oil
  • Lavender oil

View lemon and lavender mouthwash recipe »

Homemade toothpaste

You can make a cheap and simple bicarbonate of soda based toothpaste in a matter of minutes.

You will need:

  • 1 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) of vegetable glycerin
  • 3 drops of peppermint essential oil (or another essential oil)

Mix the sodium bicarbonate and glycerin, then add the essential oil. Brush as normal. Do not swallow.

Bad breath

One of the simplest cures for bad breath is chewing on a sprig of fresh herbs:

  • Mint
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Coriander
  • Parsley

Lemon juice is a cheap way of curing bad breath. Squeeze the juice of a lemon into a glass of water (warm or cold) and sip.

Natural toothpastes

anderra’s reviews of natural toothpastes:

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