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DIY Dill Seed Mouthwash with Peppermint and Orange Peel

Dill is not just for potato salad and salad dressings! You can make your own Dill Seed Mouthwash quickly and easily, right at home. Whether you are looking to fight morning breath or periodontal disease, this homemade mouthwash using only gentle and natural ingredients is sure to become part of your family’s daily routine.

finished dill seed mouthwash with blue background

It sounds a little crazy, right? Using that same stuff you season fish with, as mouthwash? I thought so too. Until I did a little digging. Dill is actually in the same plant family as anise and fennel, so if you taste the seeds on their own, they have a similar sweet flavor. I actually thought the dill seeds on their own had quite a mouthwash-like zest!

According to Proactive Health, “Dill seeds are often called ‘meetinghouse seeds’ because they were chewed during long church services to keep members awake or kids quiet. The seeds were also chewed in order to freshen the breath and quiet noisy stomachs.” (Reportedly, Hippocrates made mouthwash with dill seeds).”

I hope you love this dill seed mouthwash. It is perfect if you are seeking an alternative to store-bought mouthwash filled with harsh substances that may do more harm than good!

Just a reminder that I am not a medical professional. I just love herbs, and this is something I made for my own personal use. Definitely check with your dentist about any dental concerns you may have. You can read my full medical disclaimer if you have any other questions.

Dill Seed Mouthwash Recipe

Try out this DIY dill, peppermint, and orange peel mouthwash recipe that’s easy to make and bursting with flavor and herbal goodness.

peppermint dill seed and orange peels in little bowls, taken from above

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon dill seed tincture (1:2 ratio of crushed dill seeds and high ABV grain alcohol of choice. I use Everclear.)
  • 1 tablespoon dried peppermint leaf
  • 1 tablespoon dried orange peel
  • 2 cups of water

If you prefer to use fresh peppermint leaf or orange peel, simply double the amount.

I do not recommend swapping these herbs for essential oils, as they are not safe to ingest.

Optional Additions:

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How to Make a Dill Seed Tincture

1.Crush the dill seeds lightly using a mortar and pestle or a rolling pin.

crushing dill seeds with mortar and pestle

2. Place the crushed seeds in a clean, glass jar.

3. Pour the alcohol over the seeds, making sure they are completely covered.

pouring alcohol to make dill tincture

4. Seal the jar tightly and shake it well.

5. Store the jar in a cool, dark place for 6 weeks, shaking it once a day.

dill seed tincture in mason jar

6. After 6 weeks, strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a clean bottle.

straining dill tincture

7. Your dill seed tincture is ready to use. Store it in a cool, dark place and use as needed.

Dill Seed Tincture

This tincture is also good as a digestive tonic to ease nausea and gas pains (Have you ever craved dill pickles during a pregnancy? This could be your body trying to tell you to use dill to ease your morning sickness!). A tincture makes your dill have a much longer shelf life, and should last for 5 years or more.

How to Make Dill Seed Mouthwash

Here’s a simple recipe for a DIY mouthwash using dill seeds, peppermint leaf, and orange peel.

Instructions:

1.In a small saucepan or tea kettle, bring water to a gentle boil.

silver electric tea kettle

2. Add your peppermint and orange peels and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes.

orange peel and peppermint

3. Strain tea and remove from the heat and let it cool down to room temperature.

dill tincture and peppermint orange peel tea

4. Add in 1 TBSP dill tincture to the mixture.

adding tincture to tea

5. Pour the mixture into a clean glass jar or bottle.

pouring dill mouthwash into bottle

6. Enjoy your Dill Seed Mouthwash!

Storage and Shelf-Life:

Store the mouthwash in the refrigerator and shake well before use. This should last for about a week. Discard any unused mouthwash after 10 days.

To Use:

To use, swish a small amount of the mouthwash in your mouth for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then spit it out. This mouthwash is gentle enough for daily use, if desired.

finished mouthwash from above

Potential Oral Health Benefits of Dill, Peppermint, and Orange Peel

Dill

While there is limited scientific evidence to support the claim that dill seeds can specifically help with halitosis (bad breath), they may have some beneficial effects on oral health that could indirectly improve bad breath.

Dill seeds contain carvone, limonene, and phellandrene, which have antimicrobial properties that may kill bacteria that can cause bad breath. Additionally, chewing on dill seeds can help to stimulate the production of saliva, which can help to wash away food particles and bacteria that contribute to bad breath.

However, it’s important to note that bad breath can have many different causes, including poor oral hygiene, dry mouth, gum disease, sinus infections, and certain medical conditions. While dill seeds may provide some relief for mild cases of bad breath, it’s important to address the underlying cause of the problem to effectively treat it under professional care.

dill herb and dill seed

Peppermint

Peppermint is a common ingredient in mouthwash due to its natural antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. It contains compounds like menthol, menthone, and limonene, which can help to kill bacteria in the mouth that can cause bad breath and gum disease.

In addition to its antibacterial properties, peppermint can also help to freshen breath and provide a cooling sensation in the mouth, which can be especially refreshing. It has a pleasant flavor that many people find appealing, which can also make it a popular ingredient in oral care products.

Peppermint and orange peel are anticariogenics that ward off cavities and reduce the rate of oral bacterial growth (information from The Herbal Academy Mastering Formulations Course).

Orange Peel

Orange peel is often used in mouthwash recipes because it contains natural compounds such as limonene and citric acid that can help to freshen breath and fight bacteria in the mouth. It also has a refreshing taste and aroma that can help to mask unpleasant odors. Additionally, orange peel is rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants that can help to promote overall health.

mouthwash and toothbrushes

FAQs about Making DIY Dill Seed Mouthwash

In addition to a good daily oral care routine, there are several natural ways to take care of your oral health. Here are a few examples:

  1. Oil pulling: Oil pulling is an ancient practice that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil (such as coconut oil) in your mouth for 20 minutes, then spitting it out. This practice is thought to help remove toxins and bacteria from the mouth and promote healthy teeth and gums.
  2. Choosing a good toothpaste: We prefer fluoride-free toothpaste in our house! I personally use David’s (and it comes in recyclable packaging!).
  3. Eating a healthy traditional diet: A diet rich in vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C and calcium, can help to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Avoiding sugary and acidic foods and drinks can also help to prevent tooth decay and erosion.
  4. Chewing dill seeds: Chewing dill seeds can help to stimulate saliva production, which can help to neutralize acid and wash away food particles that can contribute to tooth decay.
  5. Drinking plenty of water: Staying hydrated is important for overall health, including oral health. Drinking plenty of water can help to flush away bacteria and food particles from the mouth and promote saliva production.

While commercial mouthwashes sold at grocery stores can be effective at killing bacteria and freshening breath, some people may choose to avoid using them due to concerns about the potentially harmful chemicals they contain.

Commercial mouthwashes may contain other potentially harmful ingredients, such as artificial sweeteners, preservatives, fluoride, and dyes.

Additionally, some studies have suggested that long-term use of certain types of mouthwash may be linked to an increased risk of oral cancer. However, the evidence is not conclusive, and more research is needed to fully understand the potential risks.

For these reasons, some people may choose to use natural or homemade alternatives to commercial mouthwash. These natural ingredients may be less likely to cause irritation or other side effects. However, it’s important to note that natural alternatives may not be as potent as commercial mouthwashes and may not provide the same level of protection against bacteria and dental problems.

Ultimately, the decision to use commercial mouthwash or a natural alternative is a personal one and may depend on individual preferences and concerns. It’s always a good idea to talk to your dentist or doctor if you have any questions or concerns about good oral health.

Mouthwash is an oral care product that is designed to help kill bacteria and freshen breath. The way it works can vary depending on the specific ingredients in the mouthwash, but in general, mouthwash works by:

  1. Killing bacteria: Many types of mouthwash contain antimicrobial agents, such as essential oils or alcohol, that can help to kill bacteria in the mouth that can cause bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay.
  2. Reducing plaque: Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth and can lead to cavities and gum disease.
  3. Freshening breath: Mouthwash can help to freshen breath by masking odor-causing compounds in the mouth and providing a clean, minty scent.

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finished mouthwash from above

Herbal Dill Seed Mouthwash with Peppermint and Orange Peel

Yield: 2 cups

A zesty herbal mouthwash that is gentle and effective!

Materials

  • 1 tablespoon dill seed tincture (1:2 ratio of crushed dill seeds and high ABV grain alcohol of choice. I use Everclear.)
  • 1 tablespoon dried peppermint leaf
  • 1 tablespoon dried orange peel
  • 2 cups of water

Tools

  • Jar
  • Strainer
  • Funnel
  • Electric Tea Kettle

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan or tea kettle, bring water to a gentle boil.
  2. Add your peppermint and orange peels and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Strain tea and remove from the heat and let it cool down to room temperature.
  4. Add in 1 TBSP dill tincture to the mixture.
  5. Pour the mixture into a clean glass jar or bottle.
  6. Enjoy your Dill Seed Mouthwash!

Notes

Keep mouthwash refrigerated.

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11 Comments

  1. This sounds great! Store bought mouthwash is so strong that it stings sometimes. I’m definitely going to try this!

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