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#ygkChallenge: Use Natural Mouthwash!

Visit A Dentist, National Oral Health MonthWelcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. Consider this your official and personal invitation to join us in completing a small but meaningful achievement. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston a slightly better place to live, work and play. And of course, we also hope that you will feel proud of your contribution and achievement.

This week’s challenge encourages you to:

Use Natural Mouthwash! As I mentioned last week, April is National Oral Health Month so this week I encourage you to make your own mouthwash. Store bought oral rinses often contain synthetic flavourings, aromas, and colours, not to mention a number of harsh chemicals. A study published in the Dental Journal of Australia in 2008 actually found a link between long-term use of alcohol containing mouthwash and an increased risk of oral cancer. Creating your own is easy and cost effective. I like this recipe by Jacob and Betsy Jabs found online or in their book diyNatural Household Cleaners. Ingredients:

  • ½ cup filtered or distilled water
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil

Combine the above ingredients into a container and mix. “Baking soda will settle to the bottom of the jar when not in use, so be sure to shake mouthwash before each use.  Swish about 2-3 teaspoons of this homemade formula in your mouth for a minute or two”. Happy rinsing!

Sign up and commit to completing this week’s challenge by commenting below with an “I’m in“, “challenge accepted“, “en garde” or something along those lines. Further, help us spread the word via Twitter and Facebook by sharing the link and encouraging the participation of your friends and family. By joining together in our weekly challenge, we hope to accomplish big and positive things for our community.

Thanks to mmmcrafts for today’s photo.

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Alanna Kuhn

Alanna Kuhn has retired as a contributor to Kingstonist. She is a Naturopathic Doctor and co-owner of Kingston Natural Route Health. She regularly contributed to Kingstonist's weekly #ygkchallenge, encouraging Kingstonians to explore healthier lifestyle options.

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