This homemade mouth freshener spray uses the perfect combination of essential oils and water for instant fresh breath without the use of alcohol.
Typically after eating, we pop a peppermint candy, a piece of gum, or a spritz of mouth freshener spray into our mouth.
Even though this can be effective at temporally freshening breath, they do not come without some negative effects. A lot of these candies and gums are loaded with artificial flavors, dyes, and sugar.
Have you ever read the warning label on the back of breath sprays? The first ingredient is generally alcohol which can dry out the mouth and actually make the problem worse.
You can make a very simple mouth spray with essential oils that will leave your mouth fresh, will not dry out the mouth, and can boost the immune system at the same time. Talk about a win-win!
What Causes Bad Breath Even After Brushing?
Sometimes our breath can smell even shortly after brushing. The most common cause of bad breath is food lodged in between teeth or something that you ate.
Certain foods like onions, garlic, and broccoli can leave a lingering smell and taste in the mouth. In some cases, bad breath can be a factor of dehydration.
How to Avoid Bad Breath?
The best way to avoid bad breath is by brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing once daily, and drink plenty of water. Using a homemade mouthwash along with a breath spray may help too.
Avoid eating foods like garlic, onions, dairy, and fish. These foods can be hard to “cover-up” and may leave the breath unpleasant.
Essential Oils for Bad Breath
The obvious ones here are peppermint and spearmint. Minty oils are definitely great essential oils to use when trying to freshen your breath, but there are other ones that can be effective too.
- Wild Orange
- Tea tree
The best part about making your own breath spray with essential oils is that not only will they freshen and cleanse the mouth, but some oils can actually help boost the immune system as well.
Adding essential oils like cinnamon, clove, orange, or lemon to your spray will be effective if you have a sore throat or if you are not feeling your best.
DIY Mouth Freshener Spray
All you need to make your own mouth freshener spray is essential oils, water, salt, and a glass spray bottle. To get started, choose an oil or oils from the list above.
The essential oils you choose will depend on your preference of taste. Some of the oils on the list are hot oils and must be diluted before use. If using a “hot oil” in the breath spray, start with 1-2 drops first, and add more as needed.
Adding a small amount of salt will help preserve the spray and extend the shelf life. A pinch of sea salt will do! Using distilled water will also help to extend the shelf life.
Essential Oil Breath Spray
You can use a single oil or make a blend of oils to add to your breath spray. If you are making this for kids, you may want to avoid minty oils, clove, and cinnamon. Instead, kids may like a citrus spray the best.
For a 2-ounce spray bottle, add 10 drops of essential oils for adults and 5 drops of essential oils for kids. Adjust the amount of essential oils accordingly for your preference.
This breath spray or taking any essential oils internally is not for children under 12.
How to Make Mouth Freshener Spray
- Add 5-10 drops of essential oil into your glass spray bottle. It is best to use an amber colored bottle to extend the shelf life of your essential oil spray.
- Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water.
- Shake well to combine and spritz in mouth after eating or when you need to freshen the breath.
Essential Oil Blends for Mouth Spray
When choosing essential oils for your mouth spray, be sure to choose essential oils that are safe for internal use.
- 8 drops peppermint
- 2 drops cinnamon
- 8 drops spearmint
- 2 drops peppermint
- 4 drops wild orange
- 3 drops cinnamon
- 3 drops clove
- 8 drops wild orange
- 2 drops lemon
How to Use Your Homemade Breath Spray
Shake well before each use to make sure all of the ingredients are well combined. Then, spritz directly into the mouth to freshen breath and cleanse the mouth.
DoTERRA Onguard Mouth Spray
If you have doTERRA onguard essential oil, this oil blend would be perfect to use in your freshener spray. Not only will it freshen the breath, but it will also help to boost the immune system.
DoTERRA onguard is known as the protective blend, and it is a unique blend of wild orange, cinnamon, clove, rosemary, and eucalyptus.
This spray would be good to have on hand if you are experiencing throat discomfort or aren’t feel your best. Simply spray into the mouth several times a day for a natural immune boost.
Young Living Thieves Mouth Spray
Similar to doTERRA’s onguard, young living has a blend called thieves. The main difference between these two blends is that doTERRA uses wild orange and young living uses lemon.
Thieves can also be used to boost the immune system naturally and cleanse the mouth. If you have thieves or onguard, you can use 10 drops of the blend in your 2-ounce glass spray bottle to make your mouth spray.
Can Kids Use Essential Oil Mouth Spray?
I don’t recommend kids using essential oils internally under the age of 12; however, some people do. Use your own discretion and talk with your healthcare provider before doing so.
If you decide to use this spray with your children, you can dilute it further by using 2-5 drops of essential oils instead of 10.
- 2-ounce glass spray bottle
- 8 drops of wild orange and 2 drops of lemon essential oil, or choose from the list above.
- Distilled water
- Add the essential oils to the glass spray bottle.
- Top off with distilled water.
- Shake well.
Add just a pinch of sea salt to extend the life of the breath freshener.