Natural Mouthwash to Treat Gingivitis, Also Excellent for General Mouth Care
This homemade mouthwash is my personal favorite. I can't recommend tea tree oil highly enough. Not only is it anti-bacterial, tea tree oil is also anti-inflammatory, which helps reduce swelling. Natural mouthwash Is best for gingivitis or for treating canker sores. It's also anti-viral and anti-fungal.
1 cup water
4 drops peppermint oil - good flavor, and has mild antibacterial properties
4 drops tea tree oil - excellent antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal properties
pinch of sugar
In a small water bottle, add 1 cup of water, 4 drops of peppermint oil, 4 drops of tea tree oil, and a pinch of sugar or another sweetener if desired. Shake well. Store at room temperature or refrigerate. It's not necessary to keep mouthwash chilled, though.
To Use: After brushing and/or anytime, swish liquid around in your mouth for several seconds, the longer the better. Think about getting the liquid all around your mouth, between your teeth and gums. Then spit it out. Never swallow mouthwash.