There may be very few problems, related to personal hygiene which can cause more embarrassment and social isolation than Halitosis, which is a terminology used to define bad breath emanating from a person’s mouth.
Halitosis puts the suffering person in a really awkward and embarrassing position so much so that in many cases the sufferer starts avoiding large public gatherings and may even get trapped in an isolated world of his own.
Though it’s not a medical condition which can cause pain or any sort of discomfort to the affected.
Halitosis, however, can have deep, and long-term effects on the life of an individual ranging from depression, inferiority complex, and other psychological disorders (which may be caused by the negative or harsh comments) made by the people around, so it is something that really needs to be looked into and the affected person needs to be provided with assistance rather than being mocked and laughed upon.
Though there are lots of remedies available for the treatment of Halitosis depending on the actual cause of the problem which may be due to several things. These include:
- Excessive consumption of acidic and odorous foods (such as cheese, garlic, onion, cauliflower etcetera)
- Smoking can be a big reason for bad breath
- Poor oral hygiene practices such as an inadequate use of dental hygiene products including toothbrushes, toothpastes and mouthwashes etc.
- Gum diseases
- Sinus conditions or other chronic issues
In this article, we are going to look at 7 home remedies for bad breath, this will work like magic and you don’t need to turn to a doctor. So without much ado, let’s look at some home remedies that work:
Cinnamon has cinnamic aldehyde, an essential oil which is quite effective not only against bad breath but also in fighting the bacteria present in the mouth. For treating bad breath through Cinnamon, the following procedure needs to be followed at least twice a day:
- Add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder in a cup of boiling water.
- Then add some cardamom or bay leaves in the cup.
- After straining the solution, it can be used as a mouthwash as well
Here’s another way of making a cinnamon mouthwash from lifehacker.
Cloves have antibacterial properties which are really effective against bad breath and give a refreshing effect upon use.
- Using clove for treating bad breath is as easy as it gets, just pop a few pieces together and chew for a while, and notice the bad breath disappear in a minute or so.
- An alternative could be to make clove tea. For this purpose, add a teaspoon of cloves in a cup of boiling water and allow the cloves to dissolve for 5-10 minutes. The clove tea is then ready and can to be used twice a day for mouthwash.
#3 Use of different kinds of Teas for eradicating bad breath:
Both, herbal and normal teas can be used for the removal of bad breath. The antioxidant polyphenols found in green and black teas discourage bacterial growth responsible for bad breath.
Going for Herbal tea and/or green is a third option in the use of teas for the said purpose. A very good option is sage tea. Simply add one teaspoon of Sage tea in warm water and leave it for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes strain the mixture and your Herbal tea is ready. The herbal tea can be consumed numerous times a day for keeping breath fresh.
Here’s a quick video I found on YouTube that teaches you how to make tea with loose herbs.
#4 Baking Soda:
Another product which is easily available in homes and is very effective against foul mouth smell is baking soda. What baking soda actually does is it helps in the balancing of acids which are responsible for bad breath. Baking soda also fights oral bacteria which cause bad breath.
There are two ways to use baking soda to serve this purpose, they are:
- In a glass of hot water, mix half-teaspoon of baking soda and use the mixture for mouth rinsing daily, till you achieve the desired results.
- Baking soda can also be turned into a paste and used as an alternative to toothpaste. The results will be as effective as that of any good quality toothpaste available in the market.
#5 Apple Cider Vinegar:
Due to its slightly acidic characteristics, apple cider vinegar comes as a good option for bad breath removal.
- Just add one tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and have it before every meal. The acidic vinegar will also facilitate digestion along with curing bad breath.
- Second and simpler option is to simply add apple vinegar in a cup of water and perform gargles, which shall ensure the removal of foul breath.
#6 Lemon Juice:
Lemon Juice has been used for centuries now for treating bad breath and is a tried and tested method. The acidic nature of lemons as well as their strong, pleasant odor helps in fighting against the bacteria accumulated in the mouth.
For bad breath treatment, add a tablespoon of lemon juice and a pinch of salt in a cup of water and rinse the mouth with it. This method will help cure dry mouth which will eventually contribute in eradicating bad breath.
#7 Using Fennel for foul smell treatment:
Fennel has antimicrobial properties which are really effective in fighting bacteria causing foul smell plus it has also naturally been used as a mouth freshener since ages.
- Just chew 2-3 fennel together to freshen your mouth and encourage saliva production.
- Fennel can also be used for making a fennel tea which is really effective against bad breath. To make fennel tea, just add a few fennels in a cup of hot water and leave it for 5-10 minutes after which the tea is ready to be consumed.
All these home remedies for bad breath have been tried and tested and have produced in most cases. However, if your problem with bad breath remains even after trying all these natural treatments, you may need to visit a dentist or a medical practitioner to check if there are some other more serious issues which need medical assistance behind your bad breath.