Mouthwash is now a staple in all homes and even in hygiene kits when you are on the go. It is so ubiquitous that it is one of the things you easily take for granted—but did you know you can get an even more powerful mouthwash than your garden variety oral rinse?
For instance, consider a mouthwash made with grapefruit seed extract. Since grapefruit seed extract provides a naturally occurring, nontoxic, and powerful antiseptic, it’s sure to kick your mouthwash up a notch. For a basic antiseptic mouthwash, add five drops of grapefruit seed extract to a glass of water, and gargle this mixture thrice daily. But grapefruit seed extract does not just keep your mouth fresh and clean, it also helps you prevent and solve other issues.
If you are experiencing the following conditions, make sure to follow the grapefruit seed extract-based treatment while also using the extract as an antiseptic mouthwash:
1. Mouth ulcers. Mouth ulcers are very painful round or oval sores on the mucous membrane of the oral cavity. These are usually caused by damage to the mouth—for instance, from accidental biting or from sharp food. Recurrent mouth ulcers may also be caused by hormone levels, stress, toothpaste additives, and even quitting smoking.
For mouth ulcers, just use ten drops of grapefruit seed extract mixed in a glass of water, and repeat this procedure multiple times daily. Next, use cotton swabs to directly apply the grapefruit seed extract on the sores—just add two drops in a tablespoon of water, dab the cotton, and wipe on affected areas.
2. Halitosis. Another common issue is halitosis or bad breath. This can be caused by bacteria inside your mouth, gum disease, decaying teeth, or problems with your digestive tract. This could be a very humiliating condition, but don’t worry—you can use the extract for this as well.
Depending on the gravity of your bad breath problem, add five to ten drops of grapefruit seed extract to a glass of water and gargle. Repeat this frequently over the day to maintain your fresh breath. Note that while all the other treatments here are strictly for external use only, you might have to take the grapefruit seed extract internally if the problem is with your lower digestive tract.
3. Cracked lips. A minor problem that grapefruit seed extract could also solve is cracked lips. This could be caused by dehydration or issues with temperature. Just add a few drops of the extract to a tablespoon of oil, dab some cotton, and gently apply on affected areas. The same solution can be used in treating conditions like sunburn or glacial burn on the lips.
4. Mucous membrane problems. Ulcerative stomatitis can also be treated by using the grapefruit seed extract. This is the inflammation of the mucous membrane in the mouth and the lips. This is caused by infections, nutritional deficiencies, and allergic reactions, among others. To treat, add ten drops of the extract to a glass of warm water for an oral rinse. Repeat this several times during the day for faster results.
5. Fungal infections. Thrush, which is a fungal infection of the oral region, can also be treated using grapefruit seed extract. Thrush is caused by the agitation of microorganisms that are usually present in the human body. These microorganisms are normally regulated by the immune system.
The infection flares when there are problems with the immune system’s regulatory functions. These infections could range from minor to life-threatening if left unchecked. Use an oral rinse of five to ten drops in a glass of water, and repeat this at least thrice daily. Since this is common with infants and children, make sure you add some flavor to mask the taste of the otherwise bitter extract if it is intended for them.
6. Herpes Simplex. Lastly, Herpes Simplex is also treatable using grapefruit seed extract. Herpes Simplex or Cold Sores present with blisters on the lips, due to a reactivation of a dormant Herpes virus. To treat, mix several drops of grapefruit seed extract with a tablespoon of oil. Use a cotton swab to apply the mixture to affected areas, and repeat this process at least thrice daily. Wait overnight to see if the mixture has managed to bring down the blistering. Repeat the procedure the next day if necessary.