How to Make Your Own Herbal Mouthwash

herbal mouthwash recipe

By Erin McIntosh

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Making your own herbal mouthwash is as easy as making tea, and allows you to avoid artificial colors, flavors, fluoride, sweeteners and other chemicals often found in commercial products.

Using rose tea offers a wonderful astringent base to help tone your gums and keep them healthy, while the addition of tinctures lets you control and customize the medicinal potency you need, depending on your current oral health.

Today I’m going share 2 recipes with you: a medicinal herbal mouthwash and an everyday herbal mouthwash.

Medicinal Herbal Mouthwash

This mouthwash is perfect during times when your gums need a little extra care. The anti-bacterial and astringent herbs in this recipe help disinfect, soothe inflammation and tighten tissue. I like to use this one as a medicinal preparation, rather than as a daily rinse.

1 cup organic Rose bud or petal tea, brewed strong and cooled to room temperature

1 oz organic Echinacea tincture

½ oz organic Calendula tincture

¼ oz organic Goldenseal tincture

¼ oz organic White Oak Bark tincture

¼ oz Myrrh tincture

Everyday Herbal Mouthwash

This is a great recipe to use each day after you brush your teeth. The calendula, white oak bark, and myrrh are anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and astringent to clean and protect.

1 cup organic Rose bud or petal tea, brewed strong and cooled to room temperature

½ oz organic Calendula tincture

¼ oz organic White Oak Bark tincture

¼ oz Myrrh tincture


Mix all ingredients together in an amber bottle and store in the refrigerator for one to two weeks, unless it starts to get funky sooner. The alcohol and refrigeration should preserve it for quite a while, though I don’t know for sure how long since I use a batch up quickly when needed – usually within a week.

If your teeth are sensitive to cold, you can mix it with a little hot water to warm. Swish a mouthful or two each day for 30 seconds and then spit out. For a fresher flavor, add a few drops of peppermint flavoring extract.

About the author:

Erin McIntoshErin McIntosh is part of the team at Mountain Rose Herbs, an Oregon-based company that prides itself on providing high-quality certified organic herbs and spices with a strict emphasis on sustainable agriculture.

Erin has studied herbalism, botany, and ethical wild-crafting at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies. She spends her days making botanical illustrations, playing in the garden, creating culinary gems, and formulating medicine in the magnificent Oregon Cascades.

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  • Evgeniy

    Hi Erin,

    Don’t you think that alcohol from tinctures would outweigh the benefits of the rest of the herbs and other ingredients? I believe alcohol is known for it’s damaging effects and rinsing with alcohol doesn’t sound very beneficial. Your thoughts?

    Kind regards,

  • Chandra Leigh

    I’m going to find out what benefits alcohol can produce, if any and take that into consideration. (maybe it’s good for washing away rust… 🙂