4 natural remedies for dental care

1. Refreshing mouthwash

  • 250 ml (1 c) water
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) angelica seeds
  • Dash of peppermint oil or lemon verbena

    1. In a small pot over medium heat, bring the water to a boil. Remove from the heat. Stir in the angelica seeds and peppermint oil or lemon verbena.

    2. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes. Strain off and discard the solids. Store the liquid in a clean, covered container in the refrigerator and use every day. It should keep indefinitely.

4 natural remedies for dental care

2. Spicy, minty mouthwash

  • 250 ml (1 c) water
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) whole cloves
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) ground cinnamon
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) peppermint extract
  • 10 ml (2 tsp) parsley

    1. In a small pot, bring the water to a boil over medium heat. Remove the pot from the stove and stir in the cloves, cinnamon, peppermint extract and parsley. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes.

    2. Strain off the solids. Pour the liquid into a clean, tightly covered container and store in the refrigerator, where it will keep indefinitely. Use as a gargle and mouthwash.

3. Bacteria-fighting citrus mouthwash

  • 175 ml (3/4 c) vodka
  • 30 drops lemon essential oil
  • 25 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 300 ml (1 1/4 c) distilled water

    1. Place the vodka and the lemon and bergamot essential oils in a sterilized 500 millilitre (16 ounce/one pint) glass bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Shake the mixture vigorously to combine.

    2. Add the distilled water and shake until well blended. Leave in the refrigerator for one week to mature, shaking from time to time.

    3. To use, shake the bottle and mix one part of the mixture with three parts lukewarm distilled water in a small drinking glass. Rinse. Do not swallow the mouthwash.

4. Toothpaste

  • 125 ml (1/2 c) baking soda
  • 10 ml (2 tsp) salt
  • 15 ml (3 tsp) glycerin
  • 10 or more drops peppermint or wintergreen flavouring
  • 1 drop food colouring (optional)
  • Warm water

    1. In a small bowl, mix the baking soda and salt. Add the glycerin, flavouring and, if desired, one drop blue or green food colouring. Add warm water, a drop at a time, until the texture and consistency seem right. Spoon the mixture into a clean squeeze bottle or any convenient, clean container with a tight lid.

    2. You may have to adjust the amount of glycerin to arrive at a consistency that suits you. This toothpaste will keep indefinitely in a covered container.

1 minute tip: fast, hardworking mouthwash

It uses the standard three percent hydrogen peroxide sold in drugstores. Hydrogen peroxide, however, may irritate sensitive teeth or delicate tissue in the mouth, so this rinse should not be used more than three times a week.

  • In a cup, mix 30 millilitres (two tablespoons) of hydrogen peroxide solution with 30 millilitres (two tablespoons) of water.
  • Swish the mixture in your mouth for 30 seconds, then spit it out — don't swallow it.
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