Mouthwashes, in general, are an antiseptic solution intended to reduce the microbial load in the oral cavity, although other mouthwashes might be given for other reasons such as for their analgesic, anti-inflammatory, or anti-fungal action.
Additionally, some rinses act as saliva substitutes to neutralize the acid and keep the mouth moist in xerostomia (dry mouth).
Cosmetic mouthrinses temporarily control or reduce bad breath and leave the mouth with a pleasant taste.
Now, one does not have to rush to a store to purchase the commercially produced mouthwash as a user-friendly one can be easily made from products in one’s kitchen cabinet.
Here is what you need:
1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon
1/2 to 1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons of honey
1 cup of warm water
A jar or bottle with a tight-fitting lid.
Put the cinnamon, lemon juice, baking soda (optional), and honey into a bottle or jar with a tight-fitting lid. Pour 1 cup of very warm water (not too hot) into the jar and stir well in order to melt the honey and mix the ingredients. When you need to freshen up your breath, shake the jar/bottle a bit and swish/gargle 1-2 tablespoons for 1 minute.
Marcia Wright, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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