Friday, March 4, 2011
Frugal tip Friday - for your Mouthwash!
This past week one of my favorite shops Westerly Natural Food Market has been closed due to electrical issues. You know those places that you go to that become sort of staple in your life? The ones that always have what you need and usually great discounts? This is that store to me! The first time I walked up to it on Tuesday and saw the gates down and the sign saying electrical outage, I was just stunned, lol I just stood there like "What? Really? How can it be closed right now?" I hate to think of what will happen if a 2012 scenario (2012 like the movie, not what will most likely actually happen) happened! One of the items that I was looking forward to getting was our mouthwash that we use everyday. Its not like any other mouthwash, its not like a Listerine or even a Tom's of Maine, this stuff is super awesome. Its called Perio-Wash, and my sister has been using it for awhile too now and her dentist actually commented that her teeth were looking really good compared to before when she wasn't using it! And the mouthwash is made of glycerin, filtered water, many essential oils, like rosemary, tea tree, cinnamon among others. I did the only logical idea that came to mind, I went to Whole Foods to find it. And guess what? they were out! I confusingly asked the man putting away vitamins and he went to check, yup none in stock. I was in trouble! This may sound crazy that I was that upset, but since a few years ago, I am a stickler with taking care of my teeth. I felt like I had some gum receding issues awhile back, but since I've been taking care so much, my teeth have been taking care of me back! I brush and mouthwash twice a day, and floss once a day and my teeth and gums feel a hundred times better! I figured I make so many of the other things we use, why not make our own mouthwash? How hard can it be?? I looked on the back of other natural mouthwash bottles and remembered the ingredients. Here's what you need:
a closeable bottle
tea tree oil
rosemary essential oil
oil of oregano
cinnamon essential oil
clove essential oil (optional)
aloe scraped off of the leaf from our big aloe plant (optional)
First take your bottle, I used a bottle that was 16 ounces, and fill 3/4's way full with filtered water. Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin. Add 15 drops of oil of oregano, 15 drops of tea tree oil, 10 drops of cinnamon oil, and 10 drops of rosemary oil. Mix. Add in 1 1/2 tablespoons of baking soda. Close bottle, and shake until mixed. And you've made your own mouthwash! There is a great website where I found some interesting possible ingredients - http://www.squidoo.com/natural-mouthwash. There is some very interesting info if you have a moment!
We take a swig once in the morning and once at night, and this bottle usually lasts up between a week or two. This mouthwash tastes pretty good too!!! The best thing about this mouthwash is that compared to other all natural mouthwashes at upwards of 10$ per bottle, making your own will save you money because you only have buy these oils and ingredients maybe once every few months. Its amazing how long the oils last since you are only using drops for each bottle.
Happy Frugal Tip Friday!