Although we all have the tendency to be embarrassed by our bad breath,everyone has experienced it at some point in their life.
Bad breath, or Halitosis as it is medically labeled, is triggered by the release of gases from microscopic bacteria living in your mouth, on your tongue and around your gums.
Although saliva is supposed to cleanse the mouth, many people often suffer from dry mouth and therefore cannot properly clear it of these tiny bacteria. There is also the problem of stinky (but delicious) foods like garlic, onions and coffee. Bad breath has a bad rap but there are plenty of easy ways to naturally treat it, some of them dating back millennia.
Both green and black tea leaves contain an antioxidant compound known as polyphenol. This compound just so happens to kill nasty bacteria, more generally, it makes your mouth an inhospitable place for new bacterial growth. Although drinking tea works wonders (always without any added sugar or milk), chewing the rehydrated leaves after drinking your cup of tea can exponentially help to reduce any sign of bad breath.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Long known for many other health benefits, apple cider vinegar can be used to balance out an imbalanced pH, thus also reducing a common root cause of stinky breath. We should also reassure you, that you don’t need to take shots of vinegar, or swish it around in your mouth. Instead, a much more pleasant experience is to use unfiltered apple cider vinegar, mixing one tablespoon with a glass of water.
Tea Tree Oil
Antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal, tea tree oil can really help to brighten up your mouth. It is already a common ingredient within many natural toothpastes, but can be easily added to whatever brand you already use by adding a tiny amount to your toothbrush before use.
Another benefit to drinking lemon water in the morning (there are dozens!), is that lemon water is a great way to target bad breath. Its acidity is able to cut through the bacteria and make your mouth an inhospitable place for smelly breath. Plus, if you add a bit of salt water to the mix, and use it as a mouthwash, it makes the oral environment even less pleasant for bad breath causing bacteria.
If cinnamon and cardamom are on the list, it only makes sense that cloves would be too. Cloves go beyond just offering surprisingly fresh breath however, as they have long been known to have medicinal qualities. As cloves are not really chewable in their natural state, they can always be steeped in tea for a refreshing drink
Fennel seeds have been used for centuries to cure bad breath. Fennel has antimicrobial properties, which target the nasty creatures living in your mouth producing the noxious odors. Fennel seeds have a strong, powerful flavor, which is able to freshen your breath without using over-the-counter mouth washes or breath fresheners. In the morning, try chewing on a small teaspoon worth of seeds, which should slowly release their bright flavor and destroy any lingering night time bad breath
Baking soda is a great ingredient to have in your refrigerator, as it acts as a natural deodorizer. Following this same train of thought, it is often a primary ingredient to many natural toothpastes. It zaps out bad breath causing bacteria, and neutralizes the acidic nature of the mouth for a healthier and more stable microfloral environment.