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                           Oral Hygiene


RECIPE: PEPPERMINT MOUTHWASH

This simple mouthwash is similar to commercial brands, containing minty freshness and just a touch of alcohol. However, it does not contain the many colors and chemicals found in those store-bought brands. This recipe's minty freshness is all natural.

Note: This recipe contains alcohol. Keep out of reach of children.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 ¾ cups filtered water
  • 1 Tbsp. vodka
  • 2 Tbsp. xylitol powder or 6 drops liquid stevia
  • 8 peppermint essential oil
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a pint jar or other container.
  2. Shake well to combine.
  3. Store in a tightly sealed container.
HOW TO USE PEPPERMINT MOUTHWASH:
  1. Pour one to two tablespoons into a small cup and transfer to mouth.
  2. Swish the liquid around for as long as desired; spit out and rinse mouth with fresh water.

RECIPE: ALCOHOL-FREE HERBAL MOUTHWASH

Using vinegar rather than alcohol to provide refreshing zing and preserving quality, this recipe is great for the whole family. With peppermint zing and the anti-bacterial properties of tea tree oil, this mouthwash is sure to leave your mouth clean and fresh.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 tsp. dried peppermint or two peppermint tea bags
  • 5 tea tree essential oil
  • 2 Tbsp. xylitol powder or 6 drops liquid stevia
  • 2 tsp. raw apple cider vinegar
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Bring water to a boil and pour over dried herbs or tea bags. Steep 5 minutes. Strain herbs off or remove tea bags. Cool to room temperature.
  2. Combine tea and remaining ingredients in a pint-sized jar or other container. Shake well to combine.
HOW TO USE HERBAL MOUTHWASH:
  1. Shake mouthwash before using.
  2. Pour 1-2 Tbsp. of mouthwash into a small glass and transfer to mouth. Swish mouthwash around for as long as needed before spitting out and rinsing with fresh water.


RECIPE: HOMEMADE BREATH-FRESHENER SPRAY

Conveniently-sized, this effective little spray will quickly become a day bag essential. Infuse with botanicals to create either a spicy clove and cinnamon flavor, or a fresh eucalyptus and peppermint spray.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 cups distilled or boiled water
  • 1 tsp. zylitol powder (optional, to sweeten)
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar or vodka (to preserve)
  • 1 Tbsp. cloves (for Spicy Cinnamon-Clove flavor)
  • 1 cinnamon stick (for Spicy Cinnamon-Clove flavor)
  • 1 Tbsp. dried eucalyptus leaf (for Fresh Eucalyptus-Peppermint flavor)
  • 1 Tbsp. dried peppermint leaf (for Fresh Eucalyptus-Peppermint flavor)
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Choose a flavor profile: Spicy Cinnamon-Clove or Fresh Eucalyptus-Peppermint. Use the ingredients for that specific flavor in the following steps.
  2. Add cloves and cinnamon sticks or eucalyptus and peppermint leaves to a pot and cover with 2 cups of water.
  3. Simmer gently to infuse spices, about 1 hour, and let water reduce down to 1 cup.
  4. Pour through fine mesh strainer into a clean jar and let cool.
  5. Add apple cider vinegar and zylitol.
  6. Pour into an 8 oz spray bottle, or several smaller spray bottles, and shake well.
TO USE:

Spray directly in mouth as often as needed.

SHELF LIFE AND STORAGE INFORMATION:

Store in the fridge when not using. Product should last approximately 1 month.

SAFETY INFORMATION:

    • Test for sensitivities by spraying only a small amount to start out.


RECIPE: CLAY-BASED TOOTHPASTE

Similar to a popular brand of clay-based toothpaste, this recipe is simple enough to throw together quickly but good enough to make again and again. Add your favorite essential oils – just be sure to lower the amount if using cinnamon oil, a notoriously hot oil. The sweetener in this recipe is optional, but makes it taste more like commercial toothpaste.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 Tbsp. food-grade bentonite clay
  • 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 4 drops stevia extract or 3/4 tsp. xylitol
  • Essential oil of choice: peppermint essential oil, or 10 drops sweet orange essential oil, or 6 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil
  • Water, as needed
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Combine clay, salt, sweetener, and essential oil in a small, sealable container. Mix together gently with a fork until well combined.
  2. Add water, one tablespoon at a time, to achieve a very thick paste-like consistency. Mix thoroughly to incorporate all ingredients evenly into the paste.
  3. Cover tightly and store in a cool place for up to 1 month.
HOW TO USE CLAY-BASED TOOTHPASTE:
  1. Dip dry toothbrush into paste or, to be extra cautious of contaminating paste, wash hands thoroughly and then dip clean, dry finger into paste.
  2. Spread on toothbrush and use as you would commercial toothpaste.

RECIPE: REMINERALIZING TOOTHPASTE

With this recipe, toothpaste goes beyond simply cleaning. While the mineral content of the teeth is largely determined by the mineral content within the body, brushing with added minerals helps to bring these nutrients straight to where they are needed most.

INGREDIENTS:
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 6 drops stevia extract or 2 tablespoons xylitol, finely ground
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, softened
  • 25 drops Concentrace mineral drops
  • 20 drops peppermint, sweet orange, or lemon essential oil
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Combine baking soda and sweetener in a small bowl, mixing well with a fork until completely combined.
  2. Add in the coconut oil and mix until crumbly.
  3. Mix in essential oils and add water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, until a thick paste-like consistency is achieved. (You should use 2 to 4 Tbsp. of water total).
  4. Transfer toothpaste to airtight container.
HOW TO USE REMINERALIZING TOOTHPASTE:

    • Dip dry toothbrush into toothpaste.
    • If the paste dries out simply rehydrate using one teaspoon at a time of water.


RECIPE: GINGER TOOTH POWDER

This tooth powder recipe is great for people who don't care for mint flavor.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 Tbsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp. xylitol
  • ½ tsp. ginger powder
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Mix ingredients well and powder in a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle.
  2. Store in a sealed jar.
HOW TO USE GINGER TOOTH POWDER:
  1. Scoop approximately ¼ teaspoon tooth powder into your hand.
  2. Using a wet brush, scrub up the powder from your hand and brush as usual.