Four of my sisters/sisters-in-law are here for a visit! Hurray! We’re gonna have one full and happy house this week. And, I’m sure we’ll be eating enough sweets to make this recipe a necessity after the week is over.
“For there was never yet philosopher
That could endure the toothache patiently”
Leanoto, Much Ado About Nothing
Toothaches are miserable. So miserable, in fact, that I willingly use this mouthwash whenever I feel one starting because it’s very, very effective for me.
Its effectiveness is only rivaled by its nastiness.
How’s that for convincing? You really should try this. It’s nasty!
Sometimes, despite regular brushing, flossing and dental visits, I get a toothache.
Despite its nastiness (or maybe because of it) this mouthwash works and that makes it worth it.
It contains sanguinaria root, which a study shows is effective against plaque, and myrrh, which is traditionally used for its anti-septic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. (And, um, the myrrh adds the bitter, nasty effect.)
Recipe for (Nasty) Sanguinaria Mint Mouthwash
1 T. myrrh
1 heaping T. bloodroot (Sanguinaria root)
3 T. dried mint leaves
1 1/2 cups vodka
Glass quart-sized jar with lid
- Cut bloodroot up into small pieces
- Place herbs in glass jar and cover with vodka
- Cover tightly and shake well.
- Leave at room temperature and shake daily for two weeks.
- After two weeks, strain herbs and pour liquid back into jar.
- Fill jar the remaining way with filtered water.
To use, brush teeth then swish mouthwash for at least a minute. Don’t eat or drink for 30 minutes.
If you have a really bad toothache or abscess, swish hourly for a couple minutes. This has helped heal abscesses, but since an abscess can lead to serious problems, make sure to contact your health care professional.