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 it’s impossible to sneak off for a quick brushing of the teeth. Also known as Halitosis, the culprit could be anything…maybe a tasty dish loaded with garlic or “funky mouth” from jugs of morning coffee.

Whatever the reason, what we want is a fast fix that gets rid of foul, embarrassing odors and effectively brightens things up.

Here’s a How-To Collection of simple, all-natural items to help remedy the problem (chew for best results).


  • Anise: A couple after each meal, aids digestion too.
  • Cardamom
  • Fennel
  • Dill: Masks foul odors.


  • Cinnamon sticks: Break off a little chunk to nibble on, helps kill the bacteria in saliva.
  • Cloves: Only one is needed! Has antibacterial properties that get the job done.
  • Parsley: (chew well) There’s a reason why many restaurant dishes include a sprig of parsley for garnish ;).

In a pinch and none of the ingredients listed above are available? Sipping a glass of ice water with added lemon juice or wedges can do the trick.

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

Another recipe to try:

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

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

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

If constant/chronic Halitosis isn’t caused by smoking or diet choices, consult a doctor since dental issues or other physical problems could be the culprit.

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    • ana

    These are such great and helpful tips. Thank You!

    • Stephanie

    I love the cinnamon mouth wash! Thanks!

    • geraldine

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

    • Greg

    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

      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.

    • Stella

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

      • Flossie

      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.

    • seepeeset

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

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