Listerine has a new Green Tea variant + my Ginger & Mint Green Ice Tea | 9Lives
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September is Oral Health Month and a good time to re-evaluate our own routines. Are you taking care of your teeth and gums in the best way possible? Did you know that brushing alone only cleanses 25% of your mouth?

Listerine has launched a new Green Tea variant that combines essential oils and green tea extract with fluoride to protect your teeth. It also helps to prevent plaque, a major cause of gum disease, and leaves you with fresher breath. You can use it twice a day to strengthen your tooth enamel and prevent cavities, or rinse after meals to freshen up and cleanse.

I’ve always been a big fan of Listerine mouth wash. I honestly find it leaves my teeth feeling cleaner than it would have if I just brushed, and I love that intensely refreshed feeling after rinsing. The new variant delivers all of this, with a minty, botanical taste that I really like.

Top tips for oral health:

  • Brush twice daily. Don’t over-brush or brush too hard as this can damage your gums.
  • Floss once a day. Unfortunately, there is no way around this one. Just do it.
  • Use a mouth wash to double cleanse your teeth, remove plaque and strengthen your teeth. You can also rinse with mouthwash after meals to prevent tooth decay.
  • Replace your toothbrush 3 – 4 times per year.
  • See an oral hygienist every 6 months to give your teeth a deep cleanse. Many medical schemes cover this so check if it’s part of your offering.
  • Visit your dentist every six months or at least once a year.
  • Avoid sugary foods and drinks.

My Ginger & Mint Green Ice Tea

Sugary drinks like sodas and fruit juices can contribute to tooth decay so it’s best to swap them out for sugar free alternatives. I created this healthy, sugar-free alternative that you can try out during the summer months. Green Tea is a packed with powerful antioxidants, while ginger and mint help to aid digestion.

Makes 1 liter

Preparation time: About 5 hours with cooling time.

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3 – 4 bags of green tea

2 tablespoons Agave syrup, or to taste

A thumb-size piece of ginger

1 – 2 limes

A large bunch of fresh mint

1 Cucumber

1 Pineapple


Toothpicks to serve


Add your green tea bags to 1 liter of boiling water. If you like your green tea nice and strong, use 4 bags.

Mix in 2 tablespoons of Agave syrup into the hot tea. Grate the ginger and add to the warm tea mixture. Allow to cool, then pop into the fridge for a few hours until you’re ready to serve.

Once your tea mixture has cooled, add the juice of 1 to 2 limes. Taste as you go until the balance between sweet and acidity is just right. Add a good bunch of mint leaves. Set aside.

Garnish each glass with a thinly sliced pineapple ring and a sprig of mint.

Halve your cucumber and use a vegetable peeler to create long ribbons. Roll the ribbon up and stick it onto a toothpick. Add three rolls to a toothpick and place it into the glass.

To serve, add ice cubes to your tea mixture. Divide the tea mixture between your glasses, pouring it through a sieve to catch any small ginger pieces.


This post was sponsored by Listerine


I am a lifestyle blogger from Cape Town trying to find the best ways to spend my time, take care of my body and express myself. I am slightly obsessed with fragrances, sneakers, Jamie Oliver and Masterchef Australia. Oh, and I probably drink way too much wine.


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