Halitosis, commonly called bad breath, can cause embarrassment. It not only undermines your confidence, but can also leave you in an awkward situation. It occurs from the accumulation of bacteria in the oral cavity, and the bacterial activity on food debris and the coating of the tongue, plaque and gum diseases. About 25 per cent of people worldwide are said to have chronic foul breath. From the Ayurvedic perspective, the root causes for halitosis are poor digestion, dry mouth, gum problems, tooth decay, poor oral hygiene, respiratory issues and certain foods.
Besides skipping onions and garlic, swishing mouthwash after every meal, or brushing and flossing your teeth until they shine like pearls – there other effective herbal remedies for bad breath.
Water works as the perfect natural mouthwash. Keep sipping water all day – it will keep your mouth clean and odor-free as it removes the trapped food particles and bacteria. Swish a small amount of water around your mouth for at least 20 seconds to help keep mouth fresh naturally.
Fresh fruits that are rich in Vitamin C such as guava, lime, orange and gooseberry help in cleaning your mouth. Also, chew on natural breath fresheners like fresh peppermint, parsley, basil or spearmint leaves, instead of gum. These greens contain chlorophyll that banish the barnyard smell. Also avoid fish, eggs, meat, poultry or sugary foods.
3. Lifestyle Changes
How to get good breath for life? Quit smoking and other tobacco products as this will increase your risk of getting gum diseases. Don’t skip your meals as it encourages bacteria growth. And, try some stress relief activities such as deep breathing, meditation, etc.
4. Oil pulling
Oil pulling is a natural treatment for bad breath that works wonders from the first time. Swish 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or sesame oil between your teeth for around 15-20 minutes for an affect that’s better than flossing and gentler on your gums.
5. Essential Oils
Their antiseptic and natural antifungal properties help kill fungi and bacteria in the mouth. Mix equal parts of tea tree oil, lemon oil and peppermint oil in a glass of water. Use this as a natural, alcohol-free mouthwash for fresh breath. Gum massage using these essential oils is also a great way to heal this problem by boosting circulation and making the gums healthy.
Fennel seeds help cure digestive problems, which is one of the main reasons for bad breath. Chew a teaspoon of fennel seeds post meals.
Cinnamon contains cinnamic aldehyde that cures bad breath and reduces bacteria in saliva. Mix half teaspoon of cinnamon, one and a half teaspoon of honey (which also has antibacterial and anti-microbial properties) and the juice of two lemons and a cup of warm water. Fill it in a bottle and keep aside for few hours. Use two tablespoons to gargle. Repeat regularly.
Increase the production of saliva in your mouth so give stinky breath bacteria the stinkeye. All you have to do is boil a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in a cup of water. Allow it to simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Strain and drink regularly.
This miracle spice contains oils that have antiseptic properties and anti-microbial effects, that help get rid of foul breath. Chew a few pieces after meals or boil two cups of water and add four cloves. Allow it to steep for 20 minutes and stir occasionally. Strain the tea and drink regularly. You can also use this concoction as a mouthwash.