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MiEssence Mouthwash

The perfect mouthwash to use after you’ve brushed your teeth with the MiEssence certified organic toothpaste is of course the MiEssence mouthwash.  No, I really can’t claim to be unbiased, but I do truly believe it.  I started using the toothpaste and the mouthwash almost two years ago, and still love them.

When it comes to unsafe, artificial chemicals, mouthwashes can be loaded.  The first and most obvious is alcohol.  Many mouthwashes contain very high percentages of alcohol.  This article published at the UPI (United Press International) website on January 12, 2009 is even titled  Alcohol in mouthwash may raise cancer risk.

In addition, the following caution, “Coal-tar-based dyes such as FD&C Blue 1, used in toothpastes, and FD&C Green 3, used in mouthwash, have been found to be carcinogenic in animal studies when injected under skin,” can be found in the National Geographic GREEN GUIDE: The Dirty Dozen Chemicals in Cosmetics.

I’ve started this blog with MiEssence Toothpaste and MiEssence Mouthwash because these are products we put in our mouth and they can therefore be very dangerous if they contain unsafe artificial chemicals.  The entire area of flesh inside of our mouthes is “mucuous membrane”  which secretes and absorbs fluids in the mouth.  The act of brushing the hard enamel surface of our teeth tends to scratch and tear at the gums, often causing bleeding.  Then we have a direct opening into our bloodstream.  Not to mention swallowing.  Some portion of our toothpaste and mouthwash cannot help but be swallowed into our digestive system when we put them into our mouthes.

If you only choose one or two products to switch over to organic, I suggest you choose toothpaste and mouthwash.  Any chemical burden occurring in the mouth has direct access to the interior of our bodies.  It needs to be safe and pure.  Here is a list of the ingredients in MiEssence Mouthwash:   certified organic aloe vera leaf juice, certified organic thyme leaf extract, sea salt, certified organic cinnamon leaf essential oil, certified organic clove bud essential oil, myrrh essential oil, sclerotium rolfsii gum, certified organic peppermint essential oil, aqua (water), certified organic sage leaf extract, certified organic spearmint essential oil, stevia rebaudiana extract, and bitter orange fruit extract.  It has an intense, tingling flavor and can be diluted with water to taste.  Mine has lasted for many months because I use it diluted 50/50 with water.

Your mouth will feel clean and refreshed and you will have peace of mind that your mouthwash contains no artificial chemicals when you use MiEssence Mouthwash.

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MiEssence Toothpaste

When I brush my teeth in the morning, it reminds me how important what we put in our mouth is to our overall health.  Just the act of brushing the teeth itself is vital to both health and social harmony.  But the product we put on the toothbrush can be beneficial or not.  It can also be harmful in subtle ways.

I was pretty young when I realized that brushing my teeth with something that was sweet was probably not the right thing to do.  If we are told not to eat candy because “it will rot your teeth,” how can sugar in our toothpaste be right?  So I started looking for a toothpaste without sugar.  At one point, I remember using just plain old baking soda as an option, but that tastes pretty nasty.

Then some toothpastes started using artificial sweeteners.  But I never did trust those chemicals in sodas or in toothpaste.  Turns out my instincts were right, of course.  It was a blessing when Tom’s of Maine came out with their “natural” toothpastes.  At first, it was hard work to even find them, but worth the effort.  Little did I know that even these natural products had some questionable ingredients.

When I first found the MiEssence brand in the summer of 2007, it was the facial moisturizer that first caught my eye.  But as I tried the other products and found that they too worked well and contained only beneficial ingredients, I set out to try everything.  Early on, I tried the MiEssence Lemon Toothpaste; and I still use it two years later.

It’s not sweet at all (no sugar or artificial sweeteners) and it gets my teeth squeaky clean like baking soda (which is an ingredient).  My teeth truly feel cleaner and I know that it contains only beneficial, USDA certified organic ingredients.  Toothpaste heaven!

For reference and to allow you to do further research, here are some terrific resources:

Brushing up on the safety of toothpaste ingredients is an article published in May of 2005 which talks about the research done by the Environmental Working Group on toothpaste ingredients.

At their Safe Cosmetics Database website, EWG posts safety ratings of all types of of personal care products including toothpaste.   If you do a search on “toothpaste” at that site you will find two unsafe ingredients used in toothpastes, and 606 individual toothpaste products listed with their safety ratings.  The three flavors of MiEssence toothpaste, Lemon, Mint, and Anise, are all listed with zero out of ten “hazard” points.  And MiEssence is the ONLY brand with a zero hazard ranking in this category.

We sell all three flavors of MiEssence toothpaste on our storefront website, http://www.MyrtleBeachOrganics.com.

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