It is surprising that on my quest to live an all-natural lifestyle, I have just recently started using a homemade mouthwash. In the past, I have loved buying that unnaturally blue and green mouthwash. I loved the minty taste that lingered in my mouth afterwards. However, like most store bought products, there can be many harmful ingredients in these mouthwashes. I decided to quit using store-bought versions a few years ago to minimize my exposure to toxins.
Harmful Ingredients in Traditional Mouthwashes
A very small handful of the toxins you can find in traditional mouthwash include:
- Sodium fluoride– We get a steady supply of fluoride through most toothpaste, mouthwash and even in our city water. We are told that this prevents cavities, however, ingesting too much has been linked to neurological problems. As a general rule of thumb, I like to rely on my diet and body to keep myself and my teeth healthy, not chemicals.
- Formaldehyde (Quaternium-15) – A probable carcinogen and can cause general irritation to the body. This is found in many cosmetic products.
- Alcohol – Some research suggests that alcohol in mouthwash may be linked to developing oral cancer. Increased exposure to alcohol can also dry out the mouth. Harmful bacteria that would normally be washed away by saliva may be able to survive better in these new, drier conditions.
- Dye – This serves no purpose in the elimination of bacteria or bad breath. It is strictly marketing. People associate the color blue with “cool and refreshing” or green with “minty”. It hardly seems worth it as many of these dyes have been proven to be carcinogens.
Benefits of Homemade Mouthwash
For me, there are many benefits to homemade mouthwash. These include:
- It costs close to nothing. Purchasing “natural” mouthwashes in the stores can get pricey, and I would still be skeptical and read the label.
- You are in control of the ingredients.
- You can mix up the flavors with different essential oil combinations. (Aura Cacia is one brand of essential oils I buy often.)
- No carcinogens are being introduced to your body.
- Neutralizes odors in the mouth
- Alkalizes and re-balances your oral pH
I have been using the following homemade mouthwash recipe for the past week or so, and I am never going back. This leaves my mouth feeling very fresh and clean, and I have peace knowing that this is just one more area I can reduce my exposure to toxins and carcinogens.
Homemade Mouthwash Recipe
- Combine all ingredients together and shake.
Don’t feel like making your own mouthwash? Below are some I recommend:
Toms Of Maine Mouthwash,Peppermint,Baking Soda
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