Xylitol is an all-natural, white crystalline sweetener that is not only produced in small quantities by our own bodies, but is found extensively in nature in small amounts. xylitol is an excellent alternative to artificial chemical sweeteners, and you can buy it inexpensively by the pound from health food retailers. Although it looks and tastes like sugar, xylitol is known for its dental protective qualities. There are xylitol mouthwashes available commercially, but they tend to be expensive. You can make this all-natural, inexpensive mouthwash using xylitol to sweeten it and to help protect your teeth. The mouthwash contains no alcohol or other chemicals, which can sting tender mouth tissues.
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Things you need
- 3 cups distilled water
- 2 tsp fresh mint leaves
- 1 tsp fresh rosemary leaves
- 1 tsp anise seeds
- 1 tsp (or more to taste) powdered xylitol
- Coffee filter
- Heatproof jar
- Jar or bottle
Pour 3 cups of distilled water into a heavy saucepan. Distilled water is preferable to ordinary tap water because it doesn't contain any impurities. Add 2 tsp of fresh mint and 1 tsp of rosemary leaves and 1 tsp anise seeds.
Bring the pot to a boil and simmer the solution for 20 minutes to extract the oils from the herbs.
Remove the pot from the heat and cool the contents to room temperature.
Strain the solution through a paper coffee filter into a heatproof jar. Add 1 tsp (more or less to taste) of powdered xylitol and stir to dissolve completely.
Pour the xylitol mouthwash into a bottle or jar and cap it tightly. Use it as often as you like as a healthy, refreshing mouthwash. Store the unused portion in a cool location.
Tips and warnings
- If you make a larger quantity, add 1 tsp of tincture of myrrh to the mouthwash. It's a natural preservative.
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