Every wondered about the warnings on mouthwash bottles not to swallow the ingredients?
Most conventional mouthwashes are alcohol based and have a high alcohol content.
There have been studies done confirming the association between this ingredient and oral cancers*
Some of the other common ingredients like saccharin and formaldehyde (yes. Formaldehyde!) have been indicated in eye, nose and throat irritation and as triggers for migraines.
Many also contain synthetic colourings
So what to use instead to bust the bacteria naturally?
Here’s a great little recipe that Belinda from Happy Health shared recently. It’s too good not to share!
3/4 C water
2 drops doTERRA peppermint oil
2 drops doTERRA spearmint oil
Place all ingredients in a jar and give them a little shake.
Swill in your mouth after brushing morning and night for minty fresh breath!
The doTERRA oils are safe to ingest so if you accidentally swallow a little bit, it’s completely fine! Despite this, the reason you want to spit this rinse out is because the aim of using the mouthwash is to kill and clear bacteria from your mouth before you go to bed and when you wake up. This prevents them taking up residence further down in your gastrointestinal tract.
An added bonus…peppermint oil also promotes optimism, and strength in the face of emotional or difficult times. Spearmint is the oil of confident speech, clarity and courage. How could they not start your day in a positive way!
If you want to give this mouthwash a try or are interested in purchasing some oils to detox your home, head to mydoterra.com/ecole or reach out via my website or Facebook page.
2 tablespoons rice malt syrup (you can use dates or honey if you prefer)
5 drops doTERRA peppermint oil
pinch of salt
Place the cashews and coconut into your processor and blend until the mixture resembles a coarse flour. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until the mixture is well combined and sticking together. Use your hands to press and shape the mixture into balls and place into the fridge to set.
Two relatively new foodie haunts situated only 10 minutes from each other in South Melbourne and St Kilda, you should make the trip if you haven’t already.
You might even be lucky enough to meet Lola like some of my friends were at the first one!
My first Thursday treat for this holidays was a visit to Lola Berry’s new South Melbourne Market smoothie haven, Happy Place. We were faced with a typically wintery June day so took the warm Beetroot and hibiscus latte option as a smoothie alternative! It was pink. Enough said. A point of difference from the last beetroot latte I had in Mornington… a little sweeter thanks to the hibiscus, and similarly delicious. I blogged about my visit to Store Fifteen here. We also tried a couple of delicious raw treats. Have you been to Lola’s Happy Place yet? What’d you think?
After a little wandering and a South Melbourne traipse. I was swiftly collected by my friendly, car-less (not careless!) buddy Sara. We could both barely contain our excitement for our first (but probably not only) visit to Matcha Mylkbar.
Green everything ensued. We happily picked menu items to share (hooray for vegan meals enabling sharing!) and split a green bunned burger and gnocchi. My expectations were met in abundance! Not overpriced for the area, generous portions without overdoing it and mylk lattes to finish.
If you haven’t tried making your own nut mylk….I’ve shown you how to give it a go here.
Where to try next? Have you got any brilliant tips for new places in Melbourne to try? Help me out foodie friends!