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Homemade Mouthwashes

Dr Catherine Rossi

Dental surgeon

As soon as the oral microbiota becomes unbalanced, the gums start to bleed, and it is the sign of a periodontal disease. While waiting for a diagnosis and care by your favorite dental surgeon, here are some recipes for homemade mouthwashes… (read more)

Our mouth is home to a colony of bacteria, called the oral microbiota, by analogy to the intestinal microbiota, with which it is in close synergy. The balance between the different bacterial strains is fragile and sensitive to multiple endogenous and exogenous factors. The first sign of this imbalance is inflammatory. While waiting to treat the cause of this pathology that is taking hold, a mouthwash with anti-inflammatory virtues will be welcome. If, in addition, this mouthwash is made with natural products, the immune and regeneration potential will be maintained. As a complement to brushing, and while waiting for a diagnosis and care from your favorite dental surgeon, here are some homemade recipes.

Clove Mouthwash

Cloves have anesthetic, antibacterial, virucidal and antiseptic properties. Infuse 3 cloves in warm water (25 cl), filter and use the resulting lotion to make a mouthwash. This recipe can also be used to soothe toothache.

Baking Soda Mouthwash

Bad breath can really be a nuisance. To fight this problem, trust the many virtues of baking soda. Its use is simple: make a gargle for 3 minutes after brushing with a teaspoon of baking soda diluted in a glass of tempered water. You can also add a drop of peppermint essential oil. Rinse your mouth after gargle.

Cider vinegar mouthwash

Cider vinegar has its place in all pharmacies. To have healthy gums, make a mouthwash with the following mixture: 25 cl of warm water for a teaspoon of cider vinegar. Rinse your mouth after having made this homemade mouthwash. This remedy has the effect of reducing inflammations and regulating the blood circulation of the gingival mucous membrane.

Saltwater mouthwash

It has been demonstrated by scientists that saltwater mouthwash has a beneficial action after tooth extraction or gum care. In particular, it would limit inflammation. Dilute one teaspoon of salt in 25 cl of tempered water. Make a gargle 3 times a day for 3 minutes.

Coconut Oil mouthwash

In a teaspoon of organic coconut oil, add:

– 1 pinch of Gencix powder www.gencix.com

– 1 drop of saro essential oil (Cinnamosma fragrans)

– 1 drop of lavender essential oil (lavendula angustifolia)

– 1 drop of tea tree essential oil (melaleuca alternifolia)

– 1 drop of essential oil of clove (eugenia caryophyllata)

– 1 drop of essential oil of noble laurel (Laurus Nobilis)

Put it in your mouth and do what Ayurvedic medicine calls “oil pulling”, that is to say that this mixture is kept in the mouth and pulsed between the teeth until it emulsifies, for 10 minutes. Spit out this mixture into a tissue which will be thrown away so as not to block the drains of the sink. Treatment to be done every evening after flossing and brushing for 3 weeks.


After a tooth extraction, it is not advisable to make mouthwashes in order not to break the healing clot by shaking the product in the mouth. It is therefore preferable to keep the mixture in the mouth for one minute without shaking it.

It is also not recommended to make daily mouthwashes, because it destabilizes the oral flora will no longer have its self-healing capacities.  A mouthwash, even a natural one, has a therapeutic purpose. Its use must therefore be complementary to dental care and limited in time.