How to get hooked on aromatherapy? Start experimenting! S.W. Basics founder Adina Grigore says that's how she got the aromatic bug. "I'm just constantly amazed by the power and efficacy of these tiny bottles of oil," says Grigore. "I incorporate essential oils into my skin care and life in a ton of different ways. I use minty oils to make toothpaste, tea tree oil to kill horrible tooth infections, and lemon oil to clean my counters."
Natural mouthwash, depending on the ingredients, can be used to freshen breath and kill the bacteria that cause plaque and gum disease. This easy-as-pie homemade version keeps your breath sweet, like the aromatherapeutic equivalent of chewing on fresh parsley, fennel, or anise seeds. Obviously, don't forget the role of the humble toothbrush in all this. Brushing your teeth regularly is the best defense against bad breath, but many people forget to practice good dental hygiene and amp up their oral routines with mouthwash.
"The synthetic ingredients found in most conventional mouthwashes are quite harsh, which is bad news given that the inside of your mouth is really sensitive," says Grigore. "In this much gentler version of traditional mouthwash, antibacterial cinnamon, rosemary, and clove essential oils—which have been shown to promote dental health—provide that quintessentially 'fresh' feeling. Plus, coconut oil's high levels of antimicrobial and antibacterial auric acid make it a natural choice for this recipe."
To really up your dental-hygiene game, swish the mouthwash for up to 20 minutes—it's called oil pulling, and it helps draw out toxins, bacteria, and may even aid in teeth whitening.
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon warm water
- 2 drops cinnamon essential oil
- 2 drops rosemary essential oil
- 1 drop clove oil
- Combine all the ingredients in small bowl, stirring to help the coconut oil fully liquefy.
- Swish about a teaspoon of liquid in your mouth as you would any other mouthwash. (It will feel weird at first, but you'll get the hang of it.)
- Spit out when finished.
- Store remaining mouthwash in an airtight container for up to 1 month. This recipe makes at least 6 doses.