Bad Breath Herbal Remedies – A Healthier and More Cost Effective Choice

by Jerem on March 25, 2013

Natural Cures Herbal Remedies

Bad breath causes most people to cringe. Not only is it a big social blunder, it can also indicate other more serious health issues such as gum disease, periodontal disease, liver or kidney disease, and respiratory infections. If you have persistent bad breath, you should consult your dentist or other health care providers. However, the most common cause for bad breath is the accumulation of excessive bacteria in the mouth. And this can be easily taken care of with simple herbal remedies. (Of course there are herbal remedies for the other, more serious causes as well, but that will have to be the subject of another article).

Some of the best known bad breath herbal remedies include the herbs rich in chlorophyll, such as the parsley, basil and coriander. Chlorophyll is a powerful mouth freshener and also has a deodorizing effect. These herbs can be eaten raw as well as alternatively adding them to certain recipes. You can also make a tea out of them, pouring boiled water over either fresh or dried leaves and letting them steep for a few minutes, then straining the leaves out.

Dill is also a well-known herbal remedy for bad breath and can be used like a breath mint. Just chewing a few dill leaves can instantly make your bad breath disappear. You can also make a tea by boiling dill leaves in water and steeping.

Anise seeds are also included in the bad breath herbal remedies group. To make a mouth wash out of it, just add a pinch of anise seeds to water and rinse your mouth after every meal. Of course, this should not substitute your regular brushing after every meal. Brushing your teeth is also an important step towards getting fresh breath.

Sage is another very effective bad breath herbal remedy that can also help heal oral infections. To make a tea out of it boil one teaspoon of chopped fresh sage leaves in water. Steep it, strain and drink the tea slowly to get the best effect.

Myrrh is another superb herbal remedy. It is an antibacterial herb, which kills the bacteria present in the mouth. Mix 5-10 drops in a glass of water and use it as a mouthwash. Adding a few mint leaves to the tea will enhance its freshness. Gargle it for ten seconds and spit it out.

Chewing fennel seeds is another common and time-tested breath freshener.

And finally peppermint. Just add two tablespoons of crushed/chopped peppermint leaves, and its blossoming tops in a cup of water and boil it for ten minutes. Strain it and drink.

All of these herbs are great for curing bad breath caused by excess bacteria buildup in the mouth. However, as already mentioned, there are other, more serious causes of bad breath as well. If it persists, you may need to take a more aggressive approach to cure the underlying problem.

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