Have The Bad Breath Blues? Good To Know Simple Cures

It happens to the best of us, the dreaded Bad Breath Blues when there’s no mint in sight and you’re not at home to do a quick brushing of the teeth. Maybe you had a tasty garlic dish for lunch or your mouth tastes funky after all that coffee you drank…whatever the reason, you want a quick fix.

IngredientsYou can remedy the problem with these simple, all-natural ingredients (chew them for best results).


  • Anise: A couple after each meal, helps with digestion too.
  • Cardamom
  • Fennel
  • Dill: Masks the odor.


  • Cinnamon sticks: Break off a small chunk to nibble on, helps kill the bacteria in your mouth.
  • Cloves: All you need is one! Has antibacterial properties that help get the job done.
  • Parsley: (chew well) There’s a reason why many restaurants add a sprig of parsley for garnish ;).

In a pinch and you don’t have any of the items listed above? Squeeze juice from a lemon into a glass of water and sip. If you’re dining out, request ice water with lemon wedges and sip after your meal.

Homemade Mouthwash/Spray: Add 5 cinnamon sticks to 1 cup of water, cover and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes then remove from heat. Strain out the cinnamon, carefully pour into a glass mason jar and allow to cool to room temperature (uncovered). Once it’s cool, seal with a lid and use as needed by rinsing your mouth with the mixture. You can also carry in a small spray bottle and spritz as needed.

Another recipe to try:

3 cups boiling water
3 tsp fresh peppermint leaves
2 tsp fresh coriander
1 tsp anise seeds

  • Mix all ingredients, cover and let sit for 25 minutes. Once cool strain the liquid and bottle in a sterilized jar.

Tip: Be prepared! If you work for a company that doesn’t allow chewing gum, or you don’t want to find yourself caught again without mints to save the day…several of the items above can be kept in a small sealed packet that will fit in your wallet (the spices will last for at least a year and a little goes a long way).

If you suffer from chronic foul breath that isn’t caused by smoking or diet choices, consult a doctor since you could be suffering from dental issues or another physical problem.

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What Readers Are Saying: 8 Comments
  1. ana says:

    These are such great and helpful tips. Thank You!

  2. Stephanie says:

    I love the cinnamon mouth wash! Thanks!

  3. geraldine says:

    I love. These tips. I’m going to try the cinnamon spray. How long will that keep before you have to change it.

  4. Greg says:

    Dip tooth picks in cinnamon oil. Let soak for a while. Suck on cinnamon soaked toothpick to aid bad breath, cigarette craving, and the urge to eat junk food.

    • Flossie says:

      Reminds me: Back in junior high and high school band, we used to swipe each other’s reeds before a concert and dip them in cinnamon oil! Led to lots of squeaks and squawks.

  5. Stella says:

    What do with cloves? Chew. Boil, Make a spray etc?

    • Flossie says:

      My greatgrandmother always kept a clove in her mouth, tucked down between cheek and gum — wherever it was comfortable. She used a single whole clove and gently rubbed off the small round blossom (if still present) before popping it in her mouth. She’d leave it there for hours. In addition to giving her sweet breath, it helped numb any tooth or gum pain. I believe clove oil has antibacterial prperties.

  6. seepeeset says:

    Cinnamon, cardamom,clove,all c’s are super and useful

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