Rosemary and mint mouthwash - You can use this just like any mouthwash - swig, swish, gargle - but unlike alcohol-based mouthwashes (which can dry out the inside of the mouth and actually unbalance the natural 'flora') this is gentle while still being effective. The glycerine acts as a natural sweetener. 25g (1oz) fresh rosemary or 10g (1/2oz) dried rosemary 25g (1oz) fresh mint or 10g (1/2oz) dried mint, 1 litre (13/4 pints) boiling filtered or mineral water, 30ml (1fl oz) vegetable glycerine, 10-12 drops peppermint essential oil, 5-10 drops myrrh essential oil. Make an infusion with the herbs and the water; allow to cool and stir in the glycerine. Add the essential oils and pour into a sterilised bottle. Shake before use and discard any that remains after 2 weeks. (Don't swallow it - though it won't do you any harm if you do.) TIP: You can also successfully freshen your breath in the following ways: chew a little fresh parsley. (This herbal garnish is rich in chlorophyll, a green plant compound that kills the bacteria that cause bad odour.) Or, chew on a dried clove, some fennel seeds or a juniper berry. Rinse your mouth with water that contains chopped watercress.
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