- Alternative & Natural Medicine
6 Natural Mouth Fresheners You Can Eat
Bad breath is something everyone hates. There are many mouth fresheners available in the market to fight bad breath. However, there are also some natural mouth fresheners available in the plant world that can fight bad breath more effectively than the artificial ones. Here is a list of 6 such natural mouth fresheners you can use instead of an artificial one.
Mint is an aromatic herb which is used for a variety of culinary and medicinal purposes in the eastern cultures. One of its medicinal property is that it can kill bad breath causing germs in the mouth and giving out cool breath. Most of the mouth fresheners you find in market contain mint or menthol (an organic synthetic compound extracted from mint).
2. Cardamom Pods
Cardamom is a form of spice native to India, Bhutan and Nepal. It has an intensely aromatic and resinous fragrance. It also has a strong and unique taste. Cardamom occurs in the form of pods and is majorly used for culinary and medicinal purposes in the eastern cultures. One of the properties cardamom has is that it can fight the toughest mouth odor. Chewing on a cardamom pod (you don't want to swallow it) for a few minutes can definitely rid bad breath.
Not many people are aware that cinnamon is a good naturally available mouth freshener. It is obtained from the inner bark of certain trees of the family Cinnamomum. It is used as a spice in either sweet or spicy food. Its flavour is due to its aromatic essential oil. Apart from having medicinal applications and curing snake bites, it can be used as an effective mouth freshener.
Basil is another herb which is used as a spice and a natural mouth freshener. The herb is native to India, but can be found in cuisines all over the world especially in Italian and Southeast Asian cuisines. There are many varieties under the Basil family. Depending on the variety, the aroma and taste may differ a bit. Certain types of basil are also used for religious and medicinal purposes, especially in India. Apart from being an excellent herb, it is an excellent antioxidant, antiviral and antimicrobial. The aroma and antimicrobial properties make it an excellent mouth freshener.
Most people know about the strong aroma and taste of a clove. The clove is used in toothpaste for a reason. Clove oil if applied to a cavity in a decayed tooth can relieve tooth ache. It also contributes to stronger teeth and fresh breath. It need not be necessarily used in the form of toothpaste or oil. Chewing one bud of clove can keep your breath fresh for a very long time. However, caution must be taken against chewing too many buds. Cloves have an extremely strong flavour. Hence, one bud is sufficient to keep your breath fresh.
6. Fennel Seeds
Fennel seeds can be easily confused with aniseed (or anise seed) as they look identical. Both are some times used interchangeably in culinary as they smell and taste similar too. However, fennel tends to have a sweeter aroma and taste. Its sweet flavour comes from a compound called anethole, which is found in aniseed as well. Fennel is very commonly used as an after-meal breath freshener in countries like India and Pakistan.
Most of these natural mouth fresheners are easily available in a store near you. Now that you know you can use some of these natural fresheners, why go for an artificial one?