So i was dilly dallying around trying to figure out what on earth i could use all my fresh mint for, as my plant is growing INSANELY and i needed to use SOME of it (i hardly made a dent) and i found some articles on the web about making minty mouth wash. Turns out i had everything i needed to make it in my garden and kitchen! Of course, i didn’t really follow a recipe, i more like combined a bunch of stuff based on my intuition and on what info the web supplied me with, but the result is better then it seemed it would be!
The main ingredients i used were cloves (sadly, the name brand kind in my spice cabinet, but oh well), mint (don’t ask what kind, peppermint i think is close, but mint), and rosemary also from my garden (my middle name is rosemary, which prompted me to go a little overboard with the rosemary, as usual). However, i decided to add a little bit of parsley for tooth health and to keep it fresh (ever wonder why they put it on your plate at resturants?) as well as like a leaf of lemon balm and a leaf of pineapple sage and the tiniest bit of thyme, pinch of basil, because why not? I never really follow the less is more thing, so i just decided to try it all in one go, next time ill have learnt my lesson and use less. But i had to try it all at once at least once lol.
To make it is really simple, boil some water(2.5cups), add the fresh leaves (like however many u want, don’t put more then a tbsp of cloves in, they are stronnggggg) and stuff in (some sources say while it comes to a boil, some say before, some say after, it really doesn’t make too much of a difference i don’t think. but i threw it in when it started to boil), and let simmer for like 15-30 mins (i let it boil and steam the leaves with a lid off, then lid on, then half on for about 20 mins, i was just testing it out tho), and whala, let sit and cool down, strain the leaves n gunk out, and put it in a bottle. Now you have organic non chemical gross alcoholic mouthwash.I let it sit in the pot and cool down for like 2 hours because i had to go out for a bit, but when i came back it was nice and cool and i found a bottle and put it all in there. it smells and looks great! Iv never even used mouth wash, and I’m sick of fluoride in my toothpaste so i will defiantly use this a ton!
However, for 2.5 cups i only got like 1.25 cups back, and it tastes reeallyy strong. I assume for weaker stuff, you would just either put less in or let it steep for a shorter amount of time then 2-3 hours. i would go with the steeping time, although it was really strong smelling in the first place.
One important thing to note that i found out, is not to inhale the steam too much while boiling, because it made me kind of light headed and hungry, but i don’t think it should be too much of a concern. Also please keep in mind that you should probably spit it out when done, because just because its a bunch of herbs who knows what they all do together or all the possible effect, so unless you know be careful! Oh and if its kinda brown and dark and u used cloves in it, maybe it will stain. I do not know. I will find out. Your teeth most likely are perfectly fine, just use caution as usual! no need to worry!! Maybe don’t let small children use as well. just to be on the safe side. Im sure any amount of research would turn up what you need to know!
ahh warnings, so annoying, its just a bunch of herbs. totes safe!
One last part of this post, What are the metaphysical properties of these herbs?
Well rosemary is a sign of remembrance, and i could also say friendship. It stimulates your brain and such, good for mental alertness. by using this mouthwash, your brain might be stimulated (especially if you rub the top of your mouth with your young) and memory inhanced. Romans and greeks used rosemary tied into their hair to study and do tests! Good for purification and healing as well. So think memory and health for Rosemary!
Mint is just such a great herb, its invigorating and refreshing, and such is good for such things as promoting energy, communications and vitality. Its also very green and reminds me of prosperity or healing, and it spreads everywhere very fast, dispersing its energy effectively. growing so so green and fresh! Think mint, Think energy. Also has to do with talking sweetly (breath mints), luck and prosperity/abundance!
Parsley is such a beautiful light green, and tastes kinda weird to me, but oh well. Its a very lucky herb, kind of looks like a clover and reminds me of ireland. It is the kind of plant that guards against contamination (i.e. on food dishes) but also metaphysically, it can keep ‘contamination’ out of your mind for an unyeilding thought process. And it is considered a herb of lust and fertility and prosperity! I think this blends the rosemary and mint together a bit, smoothing it over with some looovvveeeee.
And finally, cloves. I don’t know much about cloves other then they are rare and from a evergreen tree from Indonesia and that they are supreme for oral care. According to some good sources that i use as reference regularly, cloves are good for mental clarity, protection and money, but also some lusty love, apparently used to attract the opposite sex. Considering this is mouthwash for your mouth, maybe you will speak more smoothly to the opposite sex? Oh, and your mouth will taste great!
So, along with being a supreme oral care concoction, tasting quite refreshing and being super firkin easy to make, the herbs used ALSO help you with your mental processes and memory, as well as possibly attracting luck, prosperity and lusty love into your life? Well helping your mouth out too? Imagine how much your mouth is gunna love you for this. Organic mouthwash for the win!
Ill post more the more i advance my concoction, and let ya all know how it works out for me and my family!
Comment below anything ya want! Beware i like to argue! (that is a challenge)