Colorado’s Own Oregano: A Recipe for Bee Balm Mouthwash

16 thoughts on “Colorado’s Own Oregano: A Recipe for Bee Balm Mouthwash”

    1. Hi Sara! I also prefer alcohol free, especially where kids are concerned. To tell you the truth, though, this recipe may not be particularly kid-friendly, due to the strong taste. You could make it a little more enticing by maybe leaving out the salt, adding a few drops of peppermint oil, and steeping some stevia leaves in with the bee balm. Stevia is a natural sweetener that also has antibacterial properties, so don’t worry-it won’t hurt those little teeth!
      Thanks for reading!


  1. I tried this, you weren’t kidding about the oregano flavor and smell! But it is soothing. I think I may try it with the peppermint oil as well.


  2. I made the mouthwash. I agree with another person that posted that it was quite strong using the salt. Does this have to remain chilled?


    1. Hello! Yes, the salt is quite strong, I agree! This is meant to be more of a temporary, medicinal mouthwash, something to treat canker sores or severe sore throat. As such, it is quite potent! Although the amount of salt and thymol in the mouthwash should deter most microbial growth, I do recommend refrigerating this if you plan on using it for more than one week. Also, for more of a daily mouthwash, you can completely omit the salt. The bee balm tea itself offers plenty of activity against mouth-borne germs. Thank you so much for your feedback and for trying the recipe! -Lindsay


  3. Hi, I’m courteous how this would work out if one made the tea and then water bathed it after. I wonder if it would be shelf stable for a while?


    1. Hi Heather! Do you mean if you prepared the tea using a sterile, canning method? Like where you put your material in a sterile jar, seal it, then boil it? Then yes, it would definitely be shelf stable until you opened it, after which you would want to refrigerate it and use it within a week or so.

      Another more shelf-stable option would be to make a bee-balm vinegar rinse, but it takes a little longer to prepare. Fill a jar halfway with dried bee balm. Fill the whole jar up with apple cider vinegar. Let it sit in a cool, dark place for six weeks (shake it every once in awhile). Strain out the herb material and store the liquid in a dark container for up to a six months. Thank you for your question, I hope this helps!


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