When my dentist told me that my gums were a little inflamed and that I should use a mouthwash, I thought of those foul-tasting, vile-colored things you get at most stores. As I’m in Mexico at present, my choice of natural mouthwash products from a health food store was probably nonexistent.
I asked my dentist if there was something more natural I could use, perhaps involving salt. Generally, Mexican medical specialists know more about herbs, homeopathy, and natural remedies than their North American counterparts, and this dentist was no exception.
“Certainly,” he said. “Make a strong manzanilla tea — how do you say that in English?”
“Chamomile,” I said.
“Ah yes. Make about a liter and add a coffee spoon of salt.”
I tried to think what a coffee spoon would be. “Oh, a teaspoon?”
“Yes, thank you. Use it 3 times a day till your gums are better, then use it whenever you want.”
So I mixed up a quart of this Mexican natural mouthwash, and it is helping. And it tastes okay.