Have you been told that you have bad breath? Have you made sure that you have good dental hygiene and would like to explore some alternative ways to prevent or cure bad breath? Here are some alternative treatments that you can try to take care of your bad breath problems.
Many individuals would rather cure bad breath from the comforts of home where it is less embarrassing. Some home remedies may not be scientifically proven so always explore and do research before trying any of them.
What Causes Halitosis or Bad Breath?
There are a number of causes of bad breath, including:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Gum disease (e.g. gum boils, abscesses, spongy gums, gingivitis)
- Multiplication of odor-causing bacteria in the mouth and digestive tract
- Chronic sinus infection
- Certain medications (especially those that cause dry mouth as a side effect)
- Some foods can cause bad breath (garlic, onions, anchovies, high protein diet)
- Poor digestion and sluggish liver
How to Know if You Have Bad Breath
Sometimes bad breath is noticed by an unpleasant or bitter taste in your mouth.
You can also check the smell of your saliva by licking the skin on your inner wrist and then smelling it. If it has an offensive odor, then the chances are that your breath is not as sweet as you would like it to be!
However, it is also possible to suffer from bad breath without being aware of it. If you notice that people tend to step away from you when you speak, turn their heads or cover their mouths, then bad breath may be a problem.
The best way to find out is to ask someone who you can trust to tell you the truth.
How Chlorophyll Helps Bad Breath
You have been told time and again that you should chew parsley to overcome bad breath. Perhaps you have even eyed the restaurant garnish on your plate, but somehow or other, it just didn’t look all that appetizing.
After all, what could possibly be gained by following up a good meal with nasty tasting parsley? Well, if you suffer from bad breath – and the odds are good that you do – parsley is actually a well-known remedy in the fight against the putrid smells coming from your oral cavity.
At the root of the matter is chlorophyll, a chemical compound that is found in each green leaf. As a matter of fact, it is the very agent that causes leaves to turn green in the first place. Within plants, it serves to transform sunlight into energy the plant can use; when ingested by humans, it has the effect of cleansing the body and neutralizing odors. Additionally, it promotes a healthy gastrointestinal tract.
This of course explains why chlorophyll laden parsley is such a frequently mentioned substance. Not only will the ingestion of this plant help your digestive health and overall well-being, but it will also neutralize the odors found in the mouth.
In some cases it has been discovered that ineffective digestion of food leads to partially whole foods that putrefy in the digestive tract rather than being broken down. This inevitably leads to foul smells that escape via the throat and mouth.
Since chlorophyll aids in digestion and gastric workings, the foods that are not properly digested are reduced to a bare minimum. Osteopaths are known to strongly urge their patients to take chlorophyll supplements prior to eating, and then again when having finished enjoying their meal. While without the supplements this might translate into an awful lot of parsley, with the supplements this is as easy as swallowing two to four capsules with a glass of water.
Of course, while you may have escaped the need to chew on your parsley, there are some downsides to the use of chlorophyll supplements. For one, dosages that will work for you vary, and what might be a useful dosage for your friends or family members might not work for you. Secondly, and those who are a bit squeamish cite this as the most common reason, the presence of chlorophyll in your gut will turn your feces green.
To some, this is quite a shock, and there are those consumers who simply cannot deal with the side effects. Mind you, this is not dangerous and does not hint at an unhealthy imbalance of any kind, but it can be somewhat disconcerting nonetheless.
If you are ready to give the natural odor neutralizer a try, opt for high quality caplets that contain a higher concentration of chlorophyll. Observe the expiration date, since this is an organic compound, and they do have the tendency to go bad past their expiration dates, or at least greatly decrease in effectiveness. Ask your holistic practitioner for a recommendation with respect to brands and dosages.
Natural Remedies for Bad Breath
Sage is another herb used to freshen your breath. This is good for when you suffer from a sinus infection and have excess mucus or saliva in your mouth. Sage is used to reduce gingivitis another source for bad breath.
Cloves are known to purify the mouth and have been used in mouthwashes.
Myrrh Essential Oil
Myrrh as an essential oil can be used to cure bad breath, gingivitis, colds and sinus infections all of which can contribute to bad breath.
You can make up a lemon mixture that is sipped all day and is reported to make a good cure for bad breath. Take one fresh lemon and add a little sugar to the juice from it. Add a pinch of salt and then dilute it with water.
You can make a natural gargle that will rid you of bad breath by taking 3 parts of fresh peppermint leaves to 2 parts of water. You then grind this mixture in a blender until you have a thick liquid. Gargle one cup of this mixture every day for an entire week.
By the end of the week your breath should be fresh. Make sure you store the mixture in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container because if you don't it will spoil. You will need to make a fresh batch every other day.
This is an herb – or, more correctly, a spice – that carries cineole, which acts as an antiseptic. Chew a couple of seeds to make your breath smell spicy and clean your mouth.
A derivative of this familiar flora, eucalyptol, is actually utilized in commercial mouthwashes. It likewise contains cineole. Crush 1-2 oz. of the leaves and add them to a cupful of vodka; steep for a few days and filter out the leaves, or merely leave the leaves in. Use as a mouthwash as required to battle bad breath. If you can not get a hold of eucalyptus leaves, the same technique works utilizing other herbs, like any combination of spearmint, Rosmarinus officinalis, ginger, lavender, Eucalyptus amygdalina, basil, cinnamon, nutmeg, or fennel.
If you like licorice, give anise a taste. It's an ancient cure for bad breath. You could also chew on the seeds, or construct a decoction by simmering three teaspoonfuls of anise seeds in a cupful of water for 3-5 minutes. Cool off, strain, and utilize as a mouthwash.
Another chlorophyll-rich herb, drinking dill tea or chewing on a couple of dill seeds after a meal freshens up breath.
Raising mints in pots is rather easy, and snipping off a couple of leaves and chewing them helps to make your breath fresh.
Make sure that when you use these alternative methods that you are not ignoring good dental hygiene.
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