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.
- 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.