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!
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.
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.