Smellin’ Fresh (Refreshing DIY Mouthwash)


Peppermint and Tea tree are great essential oils for oral health. They are antiseptic which help kill bacteria and treat pain. Beyond that, they are also effective in combating bad breath and preventing cavities. Here’s a natural recipe you can take to help avoid the buildup of plaque. It keeps your breath smelling fresh and your teeth and gums healthy.


1/2 cup Filtered or distilled water
2 tsp Baking soda
2 drops Tea Tree  essential oil
2 drops Peppermint essential oil


Combine all ingredients. Make sure to shake well before each use. Swish around 2-3 tsp of this DIY mouthwash.

Essential Oil Properties In This Recipe

Tea Tree Essential Oil:

Aroma: Fresh, potent, spicy-camphoraceous, rather pungent smell and warm.

Pairs Well With: Basil, bergamot, black pepper, chamomile german, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, myrrh, nutmeg, oakmoss, oregano, peppermint, pine, ravensara, rosewood, rosemary, thyme, and ylang ylang

Properties: Antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, fungicide, insecticide, antiseptic, bactericide, balsamic, cicatrisant, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant, and sudorific.

Peppermint Essential Oil:

Aroma: Fresh, herbaceous, sharp and strong mint/menthol smell.

Pairs Well With: Basil, benzoin, black pepper, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, niaouli, pine, ravensara, rosemary, tea tree

Properties: Analgesic, anesthetic, antiseptic, antigalactagogue, antiphlogistic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cephalic, cholagogue, cordial, decongestant, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hepatic, nervine, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific, vasoconstrictor and vermifuge.


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