Neem Mouthwash: The Benefits + DIY Recipe

This natural, homemade mouthwash is made with one of my favorite ingredients, neem. In India, neem mouth wash is used for dental health for centuries. The tender branches of neem tree were used as a tooth brush and this habit is still prevalent even today, though it is sadly diminishing.

All of us know that, each and every part of neem is used a medicine. Especially, this homemade mouthwash made with neem, is very effective in treating gum related diseases. There was a study conducted about the effect of neem as a mouth wash. Forty five subjects with gum related problems were selected and they were divided into three groups. The first group were given saline mouth rinse twice daily.

The second group were given medicated mouthwash twice daily and the third group were given neem mouthwash. The results proved that neem mouthwash and medicated mouthwash showed significant reduction of bleeding and other dental diseases. Though both had the same results, the neem mouthwash had no side effects when compared to the medicated mouthwash.

Making our own homemade mouthwash can be equally effective like a store bought neem mouthwash. To make the homemade mouthwash, collect fresh neem leaves, separate the leaves and the stalk. Don’t throw away the stalk, cut them into small pieces. Boil water in a pan with crystal salt and the cut stalks of the neem.

Once it comes to a rolling boil, add the fresh leaves and switch off. Let it cool, strain and bottle. I felt this method of boiling only the stalks and adding the leaves at the end, reduced the bitterness of the mouthwash. This mouthwash can be stored in the refrigerator and used regularly. People with swollen gums, mouth ulcers,  mouth odor and bleeding gums will greatly benefit this homemade mouthwash.

Try to use this homemade mouthwash regularly for few days, both morning and night to get the best results. When we use this mouthwash, there will be a slight bitter taste but that will go away, if you rinse your mouth again with water. To use, rinse the mouth with 1 tbsp of mouthwash after brushing twice daily.

Homemade Neem Mouthwash Recipe

1. Clean the fresh neem leaves in water and separate the stalks and the leaves. Cut the stalks into small pieces.

2. Boil water in a pan with crystal salt and neem stalks.

3. Once it comes to a roaring boil, add all the leaves at once and switch off.

4.  Cool and strain and bottle it. Use this mouth rinse regularly both morning and night for best results.


  • If you boil the leaves, the mouthwash will turn very bitter.
  • Try to use fresh leaves, for best results.
  • You can double the quantities to make a big batch and store in the refrigerator.


  1. Anonymous
    January 30, 2014 / 6:38 am

    how long do leaves steep? where did you get neem leaves? how long does it last in jar?thanks

  2. ramya
    January 30, 2014 / 8:11 am

    Hi,Steep the leaves till the water cools down. I got the neem leaves from our farm. It lasts for a few days, if kept in the refrigerator.

  3. Anonymous
    June 8, 2014 / 12:23 pm

    Is the recipe gonna work if using dried leaves without stalks? How long it will last in the refrigerator?

  4. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    June 8, 2014 / 1:59 pm

    Hi,I am not sure how effective the dried leaves will be, but give it a try. It will last for 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator…..

  5. Rubyslpr
    January 16, 2015 / 7:56 pm

    I have organic neem oil. Can this be used? What would the ratio be of oil to water? Thanks.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 18, 2015 / 3:07 am

      Neem oil has a very strong odor and it will be very unpleasant to use it in mouth wash, try dried neem leaves…

  6. Anggun
    July 26, 2015 / 4:08 pm

    does it have bitter taste?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 29, 2015 / 2:27 am

      Yes, it is bitter but since we are not boiling the leaves it is not so bitter that you can't use it…:)

  7. Anonymous
    August 22, 2015 / 6:18 pm

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 26, 2015 / 12:49 am

      This neem mouth rinse will be very effective in treating mouth sores…

  8. Unknown
    February 21, 2016 / 3:41 pm

    May I use powder neem is instead of dried neem leaves?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 19, 2016 / 6:37 am

      Yes you can use pure neem powder too…

  9. Shaukat Khan
    November 6, 2016 / 11:44 pm

    Namastey. I live in UK so we don't have Neem leaves here. so in what proportion should I use Neem oil to water. Please give me the full recipe.Ali Khan

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