How to Make Herbal Mouth Rinse

Teeth have always been a sensitive subject for me (pun intended!). I have a confession to make… I have Dentophobia- the fear of dentists. This stems from childhood and while I don’t have terrible teeth I'am always looking for the best way to take care of them.


One day, when I was having some tooth pain, a friend told me about Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Tooth & Gum Powder, and I got really excited. This launched my search for beneficial herbs for teeth. Since then, I've found an Ayurvedic Herbal Toothpaste from Auromere, and a Holistic Dental Therapeutic Rinse from Dr.H & Co called Heal.

Most of us know about cloves for toothaches, charcoal for whitening, and coconut oil pulling for overall health. But there's a myriad of other herbs that are good for teeth, who knew!

Here's a list of some herbs that are all helpful for teeth in some way. I encourage you to do your own research on the benefits of each herb, as well as how best to use them.


Acacia Arabica/Babool

Aloe Vera

Bayberry Bark








Goldenseal Root


Indian Licorice Root

Indian Medlar/Bakula Tree


Myrrh Resin

Neem Bark





Porcupine Flower/Vajradanti

Prickly Ash




Slippery Elm


Tea Tree

Toothache Plant


White Oak Bark


Yerba Mansa

Bonus (because they're not herbs): Bentonite Clay and Hydrogen Peroxide

How to make Herbal Mouth Rinse or Paste


  • Aloe Vera Juice for rinse
  • Bentonite Clay for paste
  • Distilled Water

Herbs: Include any or all of the following. You can use crushed, powdered, or whole herbs, however, powdered works best.

  • 3 parts White Oak bark
  • 3 parts Comfrey root
  • 3 parts Peppermint leaves
  • 3 parts Horsetail
  • 1 part Prickly Ash Bark
  • 1 Part Slippery Elm Bark
  • 1 Part Cloves
  • 1 part Bayberry
  • 1 part Calendula
  • 1 part Sage
  • 1 part Thyme
  • 1 part Plantain Leaf
  • 1 part Rosemary
  • 1 part Stevia Leaves
  • 3 drops myrrh essential oil (per 8 oz)
  • 2 drops tea tree oil (per 8 oz)
  • 2 drops peppermint oil (per 8 oz)
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt (per 8 oz)


  1. Place herbs and barks (not essential oils) into a pan on the stove.
  2. Pour in enough water to completely cover the herbs.
  3. Brings to a brisk boil, then reduce, let simmer for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Strain liquid through cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer. Add essential oils & salt.
  5. For rinse: combine the liquid with equal parts of aloe vera juice. Use 1-2 tablespoons for each rinse, spit out, do not swallow, and shake before use!
  6. For paste: combine the liquid with bentonite clay until it makes the desired consistency, then brush teeth as normal.

Store in a jar with a lid. Use within 7-10 days, longer in the refrigerator.

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