Green Tea, Liquorice & Lemon Mouthwash

Liquorice roots have an intensely sweet flavour, yet they don’t contain any actual sugar, and are actually good for teeth, helping to slow the growth of bacteria and formation of plaque. Green tea inhibits the bacteria responsible for mouth odour, and both are anti-inflammatory, soothing sore gums. Use this mouthwash once a day to help freshen breath and help keep tooth decay at bay.

For the tincture:

2 liquorice sticks
5 tsp green tea leaves
about 200ml vodka, or to cover

For the mouthwash:

2–4 tsp green tea leaves
8 drops lemon essential oil
1 tsp glycerine

To make the tincture:
Peel the liquorice into shavings as you would a carrot, using a very sharp vegetable peeler (but see Tip below). Combine with the first quantity of tea leaves (5 tsp) in a glass jar. Add enough vodka to cover the herbs completely. Cover and keep in a cool dark place for 10–14 days. Then strain the mixture, reserving the liquid.

To make the mouthwash:

Using 2–4 tsp green tea leaves, make up a pot of green tea and leave to stand for 2–3 minutes. Strain a 200ml measure of the green tea, then pour this into the liquorice tincture to dilute it. (When you do this, the tea should be no hotter than 80–90˚C/176–194˚F – definitely not boiling.) Stir in the lemon essential oil and glycerine and bottle.

USE Use as a mouthwash/gargle once a day as needed. Do not swallow.

CAUTION: Contains alcohol.

STORAGE Will keep for 6 months in the refrigerator.

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