Mouthwash is an important commodity that helps promote good oral care. Studies show that brushing alone only cleans around 25% of bacteria in the mouth. The remainig 75% feast to create infection and cause bad breath. The use of floss and mouthwash help clean nooks and crannies that plain brushing can't reach. Mouthwash helps flush debris, cleans throat, cheeks and gums that homes most of the disease-causing bacteria.
There are some issues, however; with most commercial mouthwashes. Yes the clean feeling is good, but the burning sensation and the aftertaste, and also the high alcohol content that dries out the mouth are concerns one could not just overlook. Fortunately, there is an alternative to commercial mouthwash that is just as effective - with tea.
- 2 cups distilled water
- 2 tablespoon loose leaf green tea
- 2 tablespoons loose leaf peppermint tea or spearmint tea
- 2-4 drops of myrrh essential oil
- 8 drops tea tree oil
- Boil the water in a saucepan.
- Mix green tea with peppermint or spearmint tea.
- Add the essential oil and tea tree oil.
- Pour the mixture and water in a sterilized container.
- Let it cool before placing in the refrigerator. Allow it to steep overnight before using.
Research has proven that green tea contains a number of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components that help fight bacterial infection. Peppermint and spearmint tea are often used for their cooling and relaxing effect on the skin. They also help reduce inflammation and burning. Their menthol contents also help prevent various disease-causing bacteria. Tea tree oil and myrrh are also known to be antibacterial.