Mouthwash is a handy tool for disinfecting the mouth and freshening the breath, but it has some downsides as well. A DIY Mouth Rinse recipe is a perfect alternative for the many people who avoid mouthwashes due to alcohol. The majority of the commercial brands contain alcohol in it. On the other hand, some people avoid it due to artificial colors, fluoride, and other additives.
Still, there are some people who just want a more cost effective and natural way to use your oils to support your oral health in a safe and cost effective way. We enjoy this DIY Mouth Rinse Recipe so much I wanted to share this with you.
Benefits of the ingredients
Many teeth-whitening products and toothpastes include baking soda because it has the ability to remove minor stains from the teeth. Baking soda is made up of a chemical compound that acts as an abrasive that can help to remove teeth stains, helping your smile look whiter. When using baking soda for teeth-whitening purposes, be aware that too much baking soda can damage tooth enamel—the coating that protects your teeth.
Oil and water don’t mix well and in addition to the salt adding a little flavor the minerals in the salt water will help to evenly distributed the essential oil throughout the mouth rinse as well as extend the shelf life by minimizing bacterial growth… not that it will be sitting very long! (you may even want to make a larger batch)
Peppermint is commonly used in oral health products for mint flavoring, and to help freshen breath. On its own, Peppermint essential oil can be used to freshen breath, and makes the perfect addition to a homemade mouth rinse.
A member of the mint family, Patchouli is a fitting companion for Peppermint oil and baking soda in this DIY Mouth Rinse recipe, as it is used in many scented products for its distinct aroma. It also has freshening and deodorizing properties as well.
DIY Mouth Rinse Recipe
Ingredients ½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt (either ionized or pink Himalayan)
I am far from the Goddess in my own Kitchen, but when I have something fresh on hand I am fearless with finding a way to use it… so here is my quick recipe for the fresh raspberries I am pulling from my garden. I hope you enjoy this Fresh Raspberry Jam as much as I do.
Raspberries – use fresh berries in good condition, ideally with some slightly unripe berries as they will contain more pectin.
Sugar – regular granulated sugar is best but you can also use brown sugar… I use 1/2 of the volume of raspberries to reduce the sugars content and bring out the natural sweetness of the berries
Lemon juice – use freshly squeezed lemon juice. The juice is vital, it aids in the setting of the jam. ( today I used a lime, because that is what I had on hand)
Wild Orange Essential Oil – With multiple health benefits from internal use and an uplifting, energizing aroma when used aromatically. This is Cold Pressed/Expressed from the Orange rinds (peel). Main Constituent is Limonene (Limonene acts as an antioxidant in the body, absorbing and removing damaging free radicals before they can injure cells. Dietary limonene may help lower your risk of certain cancers and signs of aging by reducing the amount of oxidative stress on your body).
My most trusted Wild Orange Essential Oil is from doTERRA
To begin, place two small saucers or plates in the freezer. You will use these to test when the jam is set.
Sterilize the jars by heating them in the oven. Full directions are in the recipe below.
Wash and thoroughly dry the raspberries. Add the raspberries, sugar and lemon juice to a large saucepan and mix well with a wooden spoon.
Turn the heat on low, stir until the sugar dissolves and then increase the heat to a rolling boil. 3. Boil for 10 minutes stirring frequently. Turn off the heat and spoon a little of the jam onto a chilled saucer.
Let it stand for 30 seconds to cool, then run your finger through it. If it wrinkles, it is ready. If it is still quite liquid, put it back on the heat and boil for a further 1-2 minutes, and retest.
Allow the Raspberry Jam to sit for 10 minutes before carefully ladling into jars. This helps the chunks of fruit to disperse evenly throughout the jam.
Don’t you just love learning about new essential oils? Well, Green Mandarin essential oil is known for supporting healthy digestive and immune systems when used internally.* Also a cool thing to know is that Green Mandarin essential oil is pressed from the unripened fruit of the mandarin tree, while Red Mandarin essential oil comes from a more mature fruit. This oil has some pretty amazing properties which include being anti-coagulant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antitumor, antiviral, expectorant, laxative, and sedative.
Primary Benefits of Green Mandarin oil
Supports healthy nervous, digestive, and respiratory systems when consumed*
Known for its soothing and uplifting aroma
Internal use helps maintain healthy immune function*
This has been such an amazing oil for us as of late because we have just recently lost some pretty special people in our lives. The aromatic scent of Green Mandarin oil is bright, fresh and has been effective for soothing strong emotions such as anger, grief, and shock. It can also be sedating and calming to the nervous system while promoting courage and quiet strength.
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in four fluid ounces of liquid or take in a capsule. You can also use a flavoring in cooking or salad dressings.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.
This oil is Kosher certified.
Green Mandarin oil is regarded as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA so you can dilute 1 drop of oil in 1 tsp. of honey or in a 1/2 cup of yogurt, although this oil is not recommended for children under 6 years old. And when using Green Mandarin oil topically use with caution and in greater dilution for children and the elderly or health compromised. All essential oils that are dated or oxidized oil may irritate highly sensitive skin, so be sure to note the expiration date on the bottom of every bottle you get directly from doTERRA. Because this is a a citrus oil for topical application I always recommend dilution for proper absorption and safety.
Incorporate Green Mandarin essential oil in your home as a food preservative or dilute it in a spray bottle to clean the surfaces of your kitchen.
You may experience the benefits of this oil when taken internally as it may help soothe the nervous system.*
Incorporate into your oral hygiene routine to promote healthy-looking teeth.
Take one to two drops to help support healthy immune function and response.*
Diffuse Green Mandarin oil with Basil, Sandalwood, Lavender, or Spearmint to create a positive, uplifting environment.
Other Possible Uses
This oil may help with cellulite, circulation, constipation, diarrhea, digestive system disorders, dizziness, fat digestion, fear, flatulence, gallbladder (gallstones), heartburn, insomnia, intestinal spasms, irritability, limbs (tired and aching), liver problems, lymphatic system congestion (helps stimulate drainage), obesity, parasites, sadness, stomach (tonic), stress, stretch marks (smooths when blended with lavender), swelling, and water retention (alleviates edema).*
Body Systems Supported include Emotional Balance, Digestive System, Immune/Lympatic System, & Skin and Hair
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight and UV rays for at least 12 hours after applying product.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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Aromatic Features of Green Mandarin oil
Type: Top Note (5-20% of the blend)
Scent: Bright, citrus, fruit, slightly sweet and herbal
Internal use of Green Mandarin is known for its soothing properties for the nervous system and can be supportive of healthy digestive function.* Limonene, one of the main chemical components of Green Mandarin essential oil, is renowned for its surface cleansing properties. Limonene may also help support cellular function, along with γ-Terpinene. Green Mandarin oil may provide antioxidant support and help support cardiovascular health when taken internally.* Create a bright and energized environment while diffusing the sweet, refreshing aroma of Green Mandarin oil throughout your home or workplace.
One of my favorite ways to use the citrus oils from doTERRA is in my yogurt. Here is a recipe for the Green Mandarin. Use this oil to make a healthy breakfast that uplifts your mood and brightens your day!
It has long been debated even to this day of the safety issues regarding the internal use of essential oils. After 15 years of personally using essential oils for my own health and wellness, extensive research and training, and aromatherapy certification, I am confident in sharing with you that pure essential oils, are safe to use internally with the proper dosage and direction. Like anything you would consider taking over the counter, you would not leave it unattended for children to get to and you would not use too much of it.
Remember essential oils are 70 times more concentrated than their herbal equivalents and you need to remember that when it comes to the body’s balance and response… less is more. This is one of the many reasons that we have identified essential oils as being more affordable. Because you can experience the effect with just a couple of drops.
As a Special Note: I am only making my recommendations for doTERRA Essential oils as I know and trust them to be the most Pure and Effective essential oils (consistently) available in our market. This among other reasons is why I have chosen to represent doTERRA and help others learn about these amazing oils. But please know I don’t care whether you set up your own account with our HHS Tribe or from someone else, we are just happy you are here learning more about these essential oils for your Health, Happiness, and Home.
the FDA has clearly delineated which oils are safe and which are not. For the exhaustive FDA-approved list of Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) oils that you can check out here.2
Among the single oils doTERRA offers currently, 37 are safe for internal use. Using the oils for internal purposes means that you go beyond putting them on your skin to ingest them for their specific benefits to various organs or cells. There are several ways to take oils internally; you can cook with the oils, take them in beverages, or put them in a veggie capsule to swallow.
Using oils internally is a method that is best used only when you have specific area of concern that can only be met by ingesting the essential oil. Keep in mind that you only need a drop or two at a time to reap the benefits of the oil. For example, supporting healthy digestion is a benefit that comes from taking Ginger internally.
Below we have outlined some of the main reasons why you would use an essential oil internally, and which oils are specifically meant for that purpose.
To support the immune system and its function.* The immune system is our number one defense against outside threats. Many oils are good for maintaining your immune system when taken internally. These oils include Cassia, Cilantro (which also supports the response of the immune system), Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Copaiba, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lime, Marjoram, Melissa, Myrrh, Oregano, Roman Chamomile, Tangerine, Thyme, Vetiver, and Wild Orange.
For supporting the health of the respiratory system.* Some of the oils in this category may surprise you a little, but their internal benefits clearly include helping the respiratory system for a variety of reasons. On the list are Black Pepper, Cardamom, Copaiba, Fennel, Lemon, Lime, Myrrh, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Thyme. Of these, both Peppermint and Cardamom help with clear breathing.* Black Pepper and Lemon help the respiratory system particularly when seasonal threats are high.*
To obtain antioxidants to protect against free radical damage.* Free radicals are harmful molecules created as your body breaks down food or by being exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation. Once in your body, free radicals can wreak havoc on your cells. The antioxidants found in the following oils may help to protect your cells:* Black Pepper, Copaiba, Juniper Berry, Lime, Oregano, Petitgrain, Wild Orange, Ylang Ylang.
To aid in the normal digestive process.* Our digestive systems serve us by taking in nutrients, eliminating waste, and absorbing and using the nutrients we eat. The digestive system is constantly at work for us, and the following oils help keep it functioning normally: Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cassia, Cilantro, Copaiba, Coriander, Frankincense, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, and Tangerine.
May help ease indigestion or an occasional upset stomach.* Everyone faces digestive issues at times. But, with essential oils, you have the power to combat indigestion or even an upset stomach. Oils like Cardamom help with indigestion, while Ginger (also helps with gas and bloating), and Spearmint can aid in case of nausea or upset stomach.* Interestingly, Myrrh when taken with honey and water can also help ease the stomach.*
Supports the cardiovascular system.* It is very beneficial to your health to take good care of your cardiovascular system. As you may remember from school, the cardiovascular system is responsible for transporting oxygen, nutrients, hormones, and cellular waste throughout your body. The engine of it all is the heart, the body’s hardest working organ. Even when you’re resting it pumps over five liters of blood through your body every minute. Oils that can help include Bergamot, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Marjoram, Thyme, Lime, and Helichrysum. More specifically, Black Pepper, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Fennel, and Thyme all help assist in healthy circulation as well.
To provide cleansing to internal bodily systems.* Sometimes the body just needs to cleanse and renew. Oils to include in your next cleansing smoothie or tea include Cilantro, Helichrysum, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Thyme (specifically for the gastrointestinal and digestive systems), and Wild Orange.
Calms or supports the nervous system.* From your brain to your nerves, the nervous system is complex, but taking care of it doesn’t need to be. In addition to getting good sleep, providing vital nutrients, and getting exercise, essential oils can help support the nervous system. These supporting oils are Bergamot, Copaiba, Helichrysum, and Marjoram. Oils that are calming to the nervous system are Cilantro, Clary Sage, Copaiba, Lavender, and Petitgrain.*
Although these are some of the main reasons to take oils internally, there are many more reasons. What follows here is a list of any unique uses essential oils possess when used internally. In cases where there are recipes, we have also linked you to them to give you more options in consuming each oil.
Tips for Safely Ingesting Essential Oils
It is important to realize that people consume essential oils all day without even realizing it. Where do you think your processed foods get their flavor from! Virtually anything that is naturally flavored most likely contains essential oils.
If you follow these practical tips for safe internal oil use, you should be fine:
Most people can tolerate gentle oils like frankincense, lemon, and orange essential oil taken directly under the tongue for quick access into the bloodstream, but this is not a long-term strategy. Limit use to a few days at a time and always discontinue use if irritation or reflux occurs.
Hotter oils like oregano, thyme, and clove oil should ALWAYS be diluted with a carrier oil. One (1) drop (or less) per teaspoon of coconut oil and a little bit of raw honey is not only usually safe for most people, but super tasty!
Putting 1-2 drops in a capsule will help you avoid esophageal irritation and any more should only be for the therapeutic use of an acute issue and only under the guidance of a trained Aromatherapist and your Health Practitioner. Again, this is not supposed to be a daily habit. This strategy can be enjoyed up to twice a day if you’re trying to fight a specific health condition, but no more than 3-4 weeks at a time. Long term use of anything is never advised as it can potentially cause liver damage and your body may develop resistance.
Supports gastrointestinal health.* (If you’ve ever wondered how the digestive system differs from the gastrointestinal system, the gastrointestinal tract is the path that food travels, while the digestive system is a broader term that includes other structures like the pancreas and gall bladder.)
Basil is a culinary must-have that has been used to enhance the taste of food of cultures across the world. This herb is part of the mint family and is great for adding a fresh, herbal flavor to meats, pastas, and entrées.
Though Basil oil is known for its culinary benefits; it also has a variety of uses for both the mind and the body. The basil plant and Basil oil is rich with linalool, a naturally occurring chemical, which is beneficial in decreasing feelings of tension when applied to the temples and reducing anxious feelings when diffused. See the link below for to learn more about the benefits of Basil Essential Oil.
Pinch of sugar (optional, to cut acidity of tomatoes)
4 summer squash
8 radishes, very thinly sliced
4 shallots, very thinly sliced
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1½ cups shaved parmesan
1 cup sunflower seeds
Using a mini food processor, puree the tomato; you should have about 1/2 cup. In a small bowl, whisk together tomato puree, minced garlic, champagne vinegar, olive oil, and Basil essential oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add sugar to taste if desired.
Trim ends from zucchini and summer squashes. Using a spiralizer fitted with the small shredder blade, cut the zucchini and squash into spaghetti-like spiral strands, using kitchen shears to cut the curls every 3 or 4 rotations.
Transfer zucchini and squashes to a large bowl. Add radishes, shallots and cherry tomatoes. Add the vinaigrette to taste and toss to evenly distribute. Top with parmesan shavings and sunflower seeds and serve immediately.
Calms tension and nerves proving very
powerful during anxious moments
Add to moisturizer or spray bottle
for spritz to face for invigorating boost
Lessens feeling of stress apply
topically , help to sleep
Mean Green Immunity Roller
Super Strong- SUPER Charged- Immune Supporting Roller Blend. ADULT STRENGTH!!! * add all the oils in a 5ml roller bottle and top off with a carrier oil. You will need: 10-drops Cilantro, 10-drops Thyme, 10-drops Oregano, 10-drops Melissa
Emerald Showers Roller
– Mood Boosting Roller! * add all oils in 5ml roller bottle and top off with carrier oil. Safe for the whole family! You will need: 2-drops Basil, 5 drops-Bergamot, 5-drops Green Mandarin
Detox and Cleanse Roller
Roll over Liver in the AM & PM to detox & reset and support your healthy liver. *add all oils in a 5ml roller bottle and top off with carrier oil. Healthy Adult blend (consult with Dr. before using if you have a compromised liver). You will need: 5-drops Cilantro, 5-drops Coriander, 3-drops Rosemary, 2-drops Thyme, 2-drops Cardamom
Green Clean Spray
Hand and Surface Sanitizing Spray!! Make in a recycled 15ml bottle or double the ingredients and make in a 30ml spray bottle. *add all oils in bottle and top off with water or alcohol (rubbing alcohol or vodka is a good choice). You will need: 10-drops Oregano, 10-drops Tea Tree, 10-drops Rosemary
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