Bad breath is among us and nothing sours a conversation faster than smelling someone’s dinner or coffee while you talk to them. Your saliva is full of oxygen that takes care of the bacterium that causes your stinky breath, for most. After a meal or drink you can have foul odors that lingers on until you do something about it. Below you can explore homemade remedies to help fight the fight so you can continue to enjoy your garlic and coffee.
Three of the best herbs to use include; Parsley, Anise Seeds and Peppermint:
- Parsley is among the easiest to utilize and probably the best for Halitosis. Keep a bunch of parsley in the fridge and after a meal or coffee pop some in your mouth to munch on. If you are eating out don’t waste that spring on your plate, munch on it after your meal. The chlorophyll is a powerful breath freshener.
- Anise Seeds taste like licorice and as a tea will give you a fresh mouth. Boil a teaspoon in a cup of water and steep for about 5 minutes, strain the seeds. You can drink this as a tea or gargle it as a mouth wash. Chewing on anise seeds will do the trick to. Anise not only will kill off that bacteria but it will aid in digestion as well.
- Peppermint is one of the most popular. Peppermint is easy to come by in many forms and makes a nice tea or candy. The candy is easy to place in your pocket or purse for those times you are on the go. The antiseptic properties of peppermint will kill off the bacteria in no time.
Tea tree oil is a natural anti-microbial that can be added to your washes as long as you do not swallow them. Tea tree oil pairs well with other essential oils and herbs for anti-bacterial properties
Mouthwashes are easy to make and maintain. So why not start the fight right.
Dissolving 2 tablespoons of baking soda into 1/2 cup of water and then adding your herbs of choice. Add a couple drops of tea tree and about 2 to 5 drops of peppermint oil, clove oil, or other essential oil of choice that fights bacteria. Bottle it up and shake it well before each use. Gargle with it after brushing or after meals. Below I have included links to sources for recipe ideas and herb list to pick which one will best work for you.
- 2 tablepoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 drops tea tree oil
- 2 to 5 drops of peppermint oil, or other essential oil of choice that fights bacteria.
If you wish to use parsley in your wash steep it in your baking soda/water mixture until desired flavor is acquired.
For better conversations keep your breath fresh with one of these remedies. Herbs can be easily obtained if you don’t grow them yourself so why not give it a try and dump the chemicals and cost that are associated with commercial mouthwashes.