DIY Herbal Lemon Spice Mouthwash


Making your own mouthwash is a great way to improve your oral health
(and breath), avoid unnecessary (and sometimes scary) ingredients, all while saving money. The ingredients below were carefully chosen for their proven germ fighting benefits.

  • Apple cider vinegar is antiseptic and is often recommended by naturopathic professionals as a solution to bad breath.
  • Lemon essential oil is anti-viral, astringent, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and bactericidal.
  • Peppermint essential oil is a well known antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent, as well as an excellent breath freshener.
  • Clove essential oil  is freshening, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and an analgesic.


4 ounce glass bottle
4 ounces distilled water
1 teaspoon raw organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
9 drops lemon essential oil
6 drops peppermint essential oil
6 drops clove essential oil

Add essential oils to clean glass container and add about 2 ounces water. Next add apple cider vinegar and mix well. Add remaining water until bottle is nearly full and shake well. Avoid direct sunlight by storing in a dark area (like your medicine cabinet).

To use: Shake before each use and avoid swallowing. This is a favorite mouthwash recipe of mine (it’s a tad “spicy”) and I use it occasionally (alternated with an apple cider vinegar-free peppermint version) to promote oral health. As with anything, consult with your dentist before use.

*tip: Although essential oils last a very long time (most bottles contain hundreds of drops) and have a multitude of holistic health, and cleaning uses, you might feel the initial cost of buying essential oils is a bit steep. If you’re on a budget, you can still make a great mouthwash recipe using peppermint essential oil instead of the other oils. Try starting with 12-18 drops per 4 ounces of mouthwash to start.

Will you be trying this DIY mouthwash recipe out? Give it a try and and let me know what you think!


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