Our family now uses natural oral care. We eat for oral health and make remineralizing toothpaste. Next up: homemade mouthwash.

Herbal Homemade Mouthwash Make a natural homemade mouthwash at home using antimicrobial, soothing herbs and essential oils.

Equipment – Pint size mason jar with lid – Dropper bottles

Materials – 1 tsp whole cloves (or ground cloves) – 2 TBSP dried peppermint leaf – 2 TBSP dried plantain leaf – 1 TBSP dried rosemary leaf – 8 oz rum or vodka at least 80 proof

– 15 drops peppermint essential oil (or cinnamon leaf essential oil) – 5 drops tea tree essential oil optional

Instructions – Place the herbs in a pint size mason jar. – Pour the rum or vodka into the jar with the herbs.

– Cover tightly and place in a cool dark place for 2-3 weeks, shaking about once a day to help the herbs infuse. – After 2-3 weeks, use a cheesecloth or a very fine mesh strainer to strain the herbs out of the tincture.

– Discard the herbs and pour the tincture into small dropper bottles or another glass jar to store. – Add the essential oils, return lid and shake well.