D.I.Y. : Sage Mint Mouthwash

I frequently like to go for running in my local neighborhood in Hollywood. We’ve been getting a lot of rain here over the last month, and everywhere you look there are green and blooming beauties!

Look! A sagebush!

I almost went whizzing by a lovely cluster of sage plants. I wasn’t 100% sure it was sage, but as soon as I crushed one of the leaves between my fingers and inhaled the scent, there was no mistaking it…it was sage. So I took a little handful home after saying a “thank you” to nature and promising to donate again to the Griffith Park Foundation.

Previously, my only experience with sage was frying the leaves in a bit of brown butter and serving that with butternut squash. Certainly a great use of a noble herb, but I wanted to try something different. After reading that sage is naturally antiseptic and anti-bacterial, I thought it might make a really nice herb in a mouthwash.

Fresh sage leaves waiting to become a “mouthwash tea”

To make my herbal mouthwash, I simply steeped a handful of (washed) sage leaves in 1 cup of hot water for 48 hours. Then I strained out the leaves, added a few drops of liquid vanilla stevia and 2-4 drops of organic peppermint oil. Shake up all the ingredients in a jar and you’re done.

You can adjust to the peppermint oil to your taste…but be careful. It is STRONG and you only need a few drops.

Every night and morning I look forward to “swishing” with my great-tasting, all-natural mouthwash that only cost pennies to make.

McKenna Rowe is the Founder of Chakra 5 Mobile Yoga, an experienced team of corporate yoga instructors that provides mobile yoga classes on location and by appointment at businesses, schools and organizations throughout greater Los Angeles. Call us to start your corporate wellness program today: 310-853-3885.

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