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Make Your Own Mouthwash

Make Your Own Mouthwash

These delightful mouthwashes will help to eliminate bad breath and promote overall mouth and gum health.


This takes about 15 minutes to prepare, and two weeks to infuse. The infused brandy will keep indefinitely, in a glass jar with a screw top.

1 cup brandy infused with sage, thyme, and myrrh powder
1 cup distilled water
1 teaspoon lemon juice

1. To make the infusion, place 1 teaspoon each dried sage, thyme, and myrrh powder in one cup brandy. Cover tightly and let set for 2 weeks.

2. Strain, add the water, and shake to blend.

3. Pour a few tablespoons into a glass, and add the lemon juice. Swirl to blend, swish around the mouth, and spit.

Makes 2 cups.


Make this strong antibacterial infusion using antiseptic plant materials such as cloves, rosemary, and myrrh to keep your breath fresh and your mouth healthy. Infuse the herbs overnight and itís ready to use by morning.


1 ounce cloves or powdered myrrh OR 2 to 4 ounces goldenseal or rosemary
2 cups boiling water

1. Place the plant materials in a pint mason jar and cover with the boiling water.

2. Let steep overnight, then strain.

3. Swish around in the mouth and then spit out.

Read more: Health, Natural Remedies

Adapted from Better Basics for the Home by Annie Berthold-Bond (Three Rivers Press, 1999). Copyright (c) 1999 by Annie Berthold-Bond. Reprinted by permission of Three Rivers Press.
Adapted from Better Basics for the Home by Annie Berthold-Bond (Three Rivers Press, 1999).

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12:37AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

thank you

12:36AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

thank you

7:30PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

Thanks, Annie.

5:38AM PST on Dec 26, 2011

thank you so much for tips. my folder is getting so full of them! thanks for this site.

2:58PM PST on Dec 9, 2011

You can also just put a bit of salt in water, too. My dentist told me to stop using Lysterine and do that instead and I think it works pretty well.

10:57PM PST on Dec 8, 2011

Thanks Annie.

7:17AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

Thank you

12:20AM PDT on Oct 7, 2010

I have a slightly different homemade herbal mouthwash recipe:

My family loves it!

10:22AM PDT on Jul 16, 2008

I use hydrogen peroxide with natural lemon & a few other helpfuls

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