Gargling with an essential oil is useful for helping various oral health issues, but it’s important that the essential oil is diluted in olive oil (or another base oil) before being added to the water as the essential oil doesn’t dilute in the water itself and is too concentrated to be in direct contact with the delicate lining of your mouth.
There are two recipes here, one is for acute oral health conditions, where you would use a higher dilution for a period of a few days while the condition clears, for example: sore throats; coughs; chest infections; mouth ulcers; laryngitis; gum disease; halitosis and oral thrush.
If you want to use the gargle as part of your day to day mouth care routine, then use the lower dilution recipe, this would be suitable to use after cleaning your teeth for general mouth health & fresh breath.
Mouth Gargle Recipe – dilution for intense treatment:
All you need is a trusty egg cup (or any little container to hold enough water for a mouth full),
- two drops of myrrh essential oil (or lavender essential oil – or one of each)
- half a tea spoon of olive oil (3ml)
- some water (enough for a mouthful),
Add two drops of myrrh to the olive oil and blend evenly. Fill the egg cup or small container with water, and add the mix of olive & essential oil, then take the water into your mouth, and gargle for as long as you can. Do not swallow.
Mouth Gargle Recipe – dilution for general every day use:
Use the following recipe for a natural mouth wash after cleaning your teeth:
- one drop of myrrh or lavender essential oil – use peppermint essential oil for an extra fresh feeling.
- one tea spoon of olive oil (6ml)
- some water (enough for a mouthful).