Home Remedies for Bad Breath

Home Remedies for Bad Breath
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Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is embarrassing and can take a toll on your confidence level. Bad breath can be due to a number of reasons such as eating odorous foods, smoking, dry mouth, medical conditions, gum disease, and sinus conditions.

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is embarrassing and can take a toll on your confidence level. Bad breath can be due to a number of reasons such as eating odorous foods, smoking, dry mouth, medical conditions, gum disease, and sinus conditions. However, the primary cause of bad breath is the bacteria that build up on the back of your tongue or between your teeth. Here are a few home remedies to solve this problem.

1. Fennel (saunf): Fennel contains antimicrobial properties that combat bad breath.
• Slowly chew a tablespoon of fennel to freshen your breath and stimulate saliva production in your mouth.
• Immediately after eating foods with strong odors, freshen your breath by chewing fennel seeds mixed with the seeds of other aromatic spices like cloves and cardamom.
2. Lemon Juice:
Curing bad breath with a lemon rinse has been used for generations. The high acidic content in lemons prevents growth of bacteria on your tongue and gums. Just stir one tablespoon of lemon juice into a cup of water and rinse your mouth with it thoroughly. You can also add a bit of salt to it and rinse your mouth before going to bed. This remedy will help to solve the problem of dry mouth which is one of the main reasons behind bad breath.
3. Cinnamon
Cinnamon contains cinnamic aldehyde, a kind of essential oil that not only just cover up bad breath, but it also actually reduces the amount of bacteria in your saliva. To treat bad breath follow this remedy twice daily.
• Boil one teaspoon of cinnamon powder in a cup of water.
• You may add some bay leaves and cardamom too.
• Strain the solution and use it as a mouth rinse to refresh your breath
4. Parsley :
It adds more than green to your lunch plate; it's also a breath-saver, because it contains chlorophyll, a known breath deodorizer. So pick up that sprig garnishing your plate and chew it thoroughly. Or toss a few handfuls (even add some watercress to the mix) in a juicer. Sip the juice anytime you need to refresh your breath.
5. Fenugreek (methi): Fenugreek has properties which heal the conditions caused due to bad breath and respiratory tract problems. The herbal tea made from fenugreek seeds is beneficial for the bad breath and body odor.
• Boil a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in a cup of water.
• Strain and drink this tea.
6. Cloves: Cloves have powerful antiseptic properties that are very helpful in getting rid of bad breath.
• The easiest method is to pop a few pieces of cloves into your mouth and chew them thoroughly. This will eliminate bad breath in a few minutes.
• You can also make clove tea by putting three whole cloves in two cups of hot water and letting it steep for 20 minutes, stirring from time to time. You can drink the tea or use it as a mouthwash twice a day.
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