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SteviaPeppermint

 




Stevia Mint Mouthwash
VN, GF, SF

Yield: approx. 275 ml (1 1/4 cups)

This recipe is easy to make and has a pleasant sweet mint taste.

Ingredients

1 cup stevia tea OR
1 cup purified water with 5 - 8 drops liquid stevia extract
2 tsp (10 ml) ionic silver, 5 ppm
1 - 2 tbs vodka
5 - 10 drops peppermint essential oil

Purpose In Recipe

Stevia: plaque retardant; flavour enhancer (sweet)

Ionic silver: germicidal; "known to kill 650 different kinds of pathogens" (Monnol)

Vodka: emulsifier; astringent

Peppermint oil: flavour enhancer; breath freshener

Directions

Combine stevia tea (or water with stevia extract) with the ionic silver. In a small, separate dish, thoroughly mix vodka and peppermint essential oil. Add to stevia mixture, and blend well. Pour into a container and keep by the sink. Use as part of your regular oral hygiene routine along with brushing and flossing. Shake well before each use.

To Make Stevia Tea

Place 1 tsp. loose bulk stevia herb in a jar. Pour 1 cup boiled water over herb and cover jar tightly. Allow to steep for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain through unbleached coffee filter to remove fine particles. Allow to cool before adding rest of ingredients.

Notes

The stevia tea option is more work than using the liquid extract, though it may be slightly more cost effective and will result in a mouthwash that has a pleasant light green colour. Stevia herb is less potent in its sweetness than the liquid extract.

Using liquid stevia extract in water instead of the tea is a much faster and easier option. The mouthwash will be clear instead of green. With this option you can adjust the stevia to suit your palette. Be cautious with the amount at first. Stevia extract products can vary in their potency depending on the brand you use; adding too much can ruin the flavour of your mouthwash.

If you have a sensitive palette, start with five drops of peppermint essential oil and add more if needed. To review safety and precautions in using essential oils please visit Em's Place.

This all natural mouthwash is so easy to make and tastes great! Some natural germicidal ingredients typically used for oral hygiene have a very bitter taste. Ionic silver solves this problem quite nicely as it is virtually tasteless. This recipe can be made in larger batches to save time, though I suggest starting out with this small 275 ml batch until you have adjusted the flavours to your personal liking.

Recipe by: Robin Russell

Recipe published: Spring, 2006

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Above photos: left: stevia leaves (Stevia rebaudiana); right: peppermint leaves.

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