Green Tea, Liquorice and Lemon Mouthwash

Liquorice roots have an intensely sweet flavor, yet they don't contain any actual sugar, and are actually good for teeth, helping to slow the growth of bacteria and formation of plaque. Green tea inhibits the bacteria responsible for mouth odor, and both are anti-inflammatory, soothing sore gums. Use this mouthwash once a day to help freshen breath and help keep tooth decay at bay.

Courtesy James Wong
Show: Grow Your Own Drugs Episode: Exotic Plants
TOTAL TIME: 240 hr 10 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: 240 hr
Cook: --
YIELD:
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

TINCTURE:
  • 2 liquorice sticks
  • 5 teaspoons green tea leaves
  • About 3/4 cup vodka
MOUTHWASH:
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons green tea leaves
  • 1 teaspoon glycerine
  • 8 drops lemon essential oil
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Directions

For the tincture: Peel the liquorice into shavings as you would a carrot, using a very sharp vegetable peeler. Combine with the tea leaves in a glass jar. Add the vodka or enough to cover the herbs completely. Cover and keep in a cool dark place for 10 to 14 days. Then strain the mixture, reserving the liquid.

For the mouthwash: Make up a pot of green tea with the tea leaves, and let stand for 2 to 3 minutes. Strain 3/4 cup of the green tea, then pour into the liquorice tincture to dilute it. (When you do this, the tea should be no hotter than176 to 194 degrees F/80 to 90 degrees C, definitely not boiling.) Stir in the glycerine and lemon essential oil and bottle.

Use as a mouthwash/gargle once a day as needed. Do not swallow.

The mouthwash will keep for 6 months in the refrigerator.

Notes

The content of this program is for entertainment purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a professional healthcare provider before trying any form of therapy or if you have any questions or concerns about a medical condition. The use of natural products can be toxic if misused, and even when suitably used, certain individuals could have adverse reactions.

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