6 great home remedies to fight bad breath

No matter how many times you brush your teeth or how many sticks of spearmint gum you chew, this morning’s onion bagel just won’t take a hike. We’ve all been there, until you discover that the solution it is much simpler than you think!

It is very common problem! Nearly more than 50% of the general population suffer from bad breath.

The etiology of bad breath involves many extra-oral factors like nasal inflammation, diabetes or acid reflux. However, the most common source of bad breath is the mouth itself (90%).

According to the WHO (World Health Organization) statistics, in some developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, 80% of the population use traditional medicine to meet their needs for primary health care. Including bad breath, so lets explore some of my recommended remedies

And here is the deal. What you need is in your kitchen😎

1. Salty water rinses

The use of salt for health care purposes has a long history. Ancient Egyptian and Greeks used it for similar purposes, and already knew –at least the 7th century BC– that it had anti-inflammatory effects.

How does a salt water mouth rinse work to reduce dental bacteria? It temporarily increases the pH balance of your mouth, creating an alkaline environment in which bacteria struggle to survive.

Method: Add ½ a teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water. Rinse your mouth every two to three hours for the first few days after surgery, then use it three to four times a day thereafter.

Other uses: Soothe and heal mouth sores, help a sore throat or even a common cold, and provide emergency dental hygiene in the event you don’t have your regular mouthwash or tooth paste handy.

2. Cinnamon

As natural remedies for bad breath goes, cinnamon can be one of the most effective. This is because there is an essential oil in it called ‘cinnamic aldehyde’. This property helps to kill the bacteria in the mouth and covers up the bad smell in your breath.

Method:  Chew on cinnamon sticks twice a day. An option B is adding cinnamon powder into a pot of boiling water, and adding bay leaves and cardamom seeds. Strain the water to remove the excess leaves and seeds and use the water to rinse your mouth twice a day. 

3. Using Apple Cider Vinegar

It may not seem as the most appealing idea; however, using the vinegar as a natural remedy for bad breath is another great alternative to try. This is because it is known for balancing pH levels, making it a perfect solution to your bad breath problems.

Method: Add 2 tablespoons of the vinegar to a glass of water and gargle for at least 30 seconds before spitting it out. Do this before any meals that you have and feel it work wonders for your digestive system and for treating your bad breath.

4. Munch on a green plant

Parsley, basil, mint, or cilantro all work as bad breath remedies because they contain chlorophyll, a pigment that neutralizes odours.

5. Hydrate

A common cause of bad breath is a dry mouth. The more lubricated your mouth is, the easier it will be to wash away bacteria that causes a bad smell.

Method: sipping on water throughout the day is a great way to maintain your overall health, but it also keeps bad breath at bay. This is especially effective if you have a tendency to wake up with morning breath.

6. Thyme oil

Thyme oil can destroy more than 60 different bacterial strains. The infectious organisms causing bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay are no match for its key ingredient, thymol. This active component is also used as a dental varnish that protects the teeth from decay.

Method: put 50 grams of thyme to boil in water for 10 minutes and use it as a mouth rinse for 30 seconds.

Important note. The use of thyme extract in either pregnant or breastfeeding women as well as children less than 30 months old is not recommended.

Just before bringing the curtain down: Do not forget that brush your teeth, tongue and floss regularly to reduce odorous bacteria in your mouth.

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