Each week for the past month I have systematically “hippied-out” my apartment.
I like to think of it as a holistic revolution…
I started with my shower supplies: African shea black coal soap with lavender essential oils, and fair trade shampoo &conditioner with coconut oils. Rosemary-mint essential oil hand soap as well as bee pollen. It makes me feel way more clean as well as my conscience to know that my money is going to a good cause.
Next comes oral care.
I already switched out for some tea tree toothpaste, which I have to admit isn’t very tasty. (Once done I’ll find a Tom’s something or another.) Now, I’ve run out of Listerine and I got inspired…
Why not make that mouthwash from my Aromatherapy class?
So, here is the recipe:
1 cup distilled water or Sage herbal tea.
1 tsp. Raw honey or Sage Honey
2 drops (gtts.)Peppermint essential oil
2 gtts. Spearmint essential oil
1 gtt. Anise essential oil
1 tsp. Fresh lemon juice (optional)
The key with this is to measure out the honey first, add and mix in your essential oils, and mix it up well with the Sage Tea/ warmed distilled water. I found that the heat from the steeped tea helped with dissolving the honey faster and infused the entire kitchen with a beautiful aroma.
There is no way you will come down with anything if you gargle with this mixture on a regular basis.
Be sure to keep yours stored in a glass container as the essential oils will break down plastics, and lemon juice leeches toxins from bottles as well. I keep mine in a liter sized milk jug. Shake well before each use and swish for about 30-60 seconds. For best freshness, make a new batch weekly.
Overall it cost me around $35.00. But wait before you say anything, and ask yourself how much money you spend on mouthwash and co-pays at urgent care in a year for mouth related infections?
Spending only $35.00 once a year, is much cheaper than all of that. It is the price of one co-pay! All you’ll have to do is buy extra sage tea and maybe some fresh lemons if you choose.
Peppermint essential oil is an analgesic, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, expectorant, febrifuge, nervine, stomachic, vasoconstrictor, decongestant, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, antifungal, and digestive.
Spearmint is basically the same since it is a Mentha genus.
Anise essential oil is an anti-epileptic & anti-hysteric, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, aperient, carminative, cordial, decongestant, digestive, expectorant, insecticide, sedative, stimulant and vermifuge.
Honey is an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.
Sage tea is good for pain, colds, diabetes, high cholesterol, inflammation, and sore throats.
Let me know if you try it! It is oh-so minty fresh. Blows Listerine and Scope so much out of the water!
Recipe from Aromatherapy: Soothing Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate, and Heal (2002) by Valerie Gennari Cooksley, R.N. Co-Founder of the Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy.