Halitosis is a nice way of saying “BAD BREATH.” Today, most people are well aware of how their breath smells to others. You can hardly miss the advertisements on TV, radio, newspapers, and magazines extolling the advantages of one breath mint over all others.
Halitosis, or bad breath, can be caused by many things. The most common cause is gastrointestinal problems; indigestion, intestinal sluggishness and constipation. (It was something you ATE.) But tooth decay is another leading cause. It only takes a tiny little cavity to provide a place in the mouth for germs to thrive and multiply. Gum disease will also cause halitosis. Some conditions of the nose, throat, respiratory tract, or stomach that are part of chronic infection, or local upsets like chronic tonsillitis, lung diseases, chronic bronchitis, chronic gastritis, and sinusitis, can cause bad breath, as well.
Not so surprisingly, a good, healthy, and balanced diet will help to prevent halitosis. The diet should rely heavily on seeds, nuts, grains, vegetables, and fruits and include less white sugar, white bread, meat, and eggs.
Halitosis Home Remedies
1. The most effective and most used natural remedy for halitosis is the herb fenugreek. Make tea from the seeds of this plant to help control bad breath.
2. Eating avocado will help to clean the intestines and thus prevent many cases of halitosis.
3. Chewing guava and guava leaves will not only help relieve bad breath, but it will also help stop bleeding of the gums.
4. Parsley chewed raw or made into a tea used as a mouthwash or gargle will stop bad breath in its tracks. Other herbs to consider taking daily are nettle, peppermint and dill. Read more here at EvergreenHerb.com
5. The natural juices from any fruits and vegetables will naturally neutralize your breath and kill the germs that are causing halitosis.
6. Drink more water throughout the day to fight off bacteria in the mouth that are causing bad breath. Saliva is the body’s built-in cure for removing this bacteria.
7. Studies have found that probiotic supplements help replace odor-causing oral microbes with beneficial varieties, in effect eliminating bad breath. Probiotic strains like Lactobacillus Salivarius directly target harmful bacterial strains in the mouth reducing sulfur compounds that cause bad breath.
8. Eat more raw foods like carrots, celery, and apples. These crispy fruits and vegetables are rich in fiber and help in the fight against bad breath.
9. Small mouth infections can be treated with diluted tea tree oil. Add a little water or olive oil to the tea tree oil and rub it on your gums for minor mouth sores that can cause bad breath.
10. Essential oils from cloves, cinnamon and mint make excellent remedies for fighting bad breath. Cardamom is a popular Arabian spice well known for its antiseptic properties. Take the whole pod, remove the seeds and chew them after every meal to sweeten the breath. Read this article for more information on how to use essential oils for bad breath.