Sage is one of the oldest medicinal plants. It comes from the Latin word Salver meaning to be in good health, to cure. There is an ancient Chinese proverb, “He who grows sage in his garden does not grow old.” Sage is known for it’s antimicrobial and antifungal activity. In a recent study dental plaque was reduced by 92% after a single dose of sage extract compared to just 10% in controls.

This recipe can be used as a daily mouth wash as well as a gargle when your throat gets itchy and you feel an upper respiratory tract infection coming. If you include the hydrogen peroxide as an ingredient it will have a strong anti microbial as well as a mild whitening effect on the teeth.

Remember that this is an all-natural recipe without preservatives so the shelf life is only about 2 weeks. Use a non-metal pot to make an infusion as sage and metal are not compatible. Salt is added to make the pH of the mouth more alkaline to discourage the growth of harmful bacteria.


  • 1 cup of dry or fresh sage
  • 2 cups of hot water
  • 1 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide, over the counter medical grade (Optional)
  • Glass or Ceramic pot with strainer
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Plastic container with lid for storage


  • Steep the sage leaves in hot water for 5 minutes
  • Strain to remove the leaves
  • Let it cool and pour into a storage container with lid
  • Add salt and hydrogen peroxide,
  • Shake to mix
  • Use the mouthwash twice a day for 30-60 seconds each time. Can also be used as a gargle

Remember, mouthwash is not a substitute for professional cleanings. Visit your dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings and a check up. To book a consultation or cleaning with Dr. Dayan online or in her Beverly Hills office, please call 310-205-0900 or email us at You can also visit our website and read her informative health blog.

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