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Bad breath is big business because it is a huge problem. Americans spent a total of $6.7 billion on mouth-freshening products in 2018, according to Euromonitor International, a market-research firm. But you know better: you want a more natural way to solve this problem. Today we’ll look at how to use herbs for bad breath.
What causes bad breath
Like acne or flatulence, chronic bad breath could signal the presence of another condition:
- chronic sinus
- liver problems
- lung infections
In this case, you should have a talk with your doctor to investigate what’s going on in your body.
But the most common causes of bad breath are:
- gum disease
- lack of hydration
- drinking coffee
- eating pungent foods (onion and garlic)
- oral bacteria
How to know for sure you have bad breath
There are many people who don’t actually realize they have bad breath. Maybe they got used to it, or maybe they are just not perceptive.
Here are some ways to find out if your breath stinks:
- you have bad taste in your mouth
- your floss smells after using it
- use a tongue scraper and smell what you scraped. you can do this withe the back of a spoon too, if you don’t use a tongue scraper)
- lick the back of your hand and smell it
- wipe your tongue on a cotton ball and smell it
- ask someone you trust
- ask your dentist
Common methods for getting rid of bad breath
Breath mints and mouthwash are only temporary solutions with which you often find yourself back at square one.
Mouthwash usually contains alcohol, which exacerbates the problem, by drying the mouth. Even sugarless mints don’t do that well at masking foul-smelling odors. It is an embarrassing condition to have, and could keep you from having a meaningful relationship.
Flossing and drinking plenty of water regularly usually do the trick. But what if you want something that works faster? Or what if you can’t stand the taste of synthetic mouthwash?
Well, you could make your own. All you need to do is look in your own kitchen for a natural home remedy.
Parsley combats garlic well, and it is also effective against the putrid aftertaste of coffee. Save these decorative sprigs from your dinner till after you are done.
Peppermint tea refreshes your mouth, but it's best to choose pure peppermint tea as it is caffeine-free. If it is mixed with other types of tea, this may not be the case. Its odor-killing prowess may be taken away by caffeine as it is a diuretic.
Anise seeds boiled in water for a few minutes are an easy home remedy, which you can gargle or drink. This licorice-flavored herb has been used for thousands of years as a breath freshener.
Dill leaves are full of chlorophyll that is a powerful breath freshener. You can boil them in water and use concoction as a mouthwash or just chew on a few dill seeds.
Cloves steeped in warm water make a pleasant, aromatic mouthwash that works well against bacteria.
Sage tea is highly soothing for mouth sores and curing bad breath as it has breath-freshening properties like peppermint.
Bad breath (halitosis) testers
If you think you might have bad breath and want to check it periodically, you can keep one of these testers in your purse.