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Natural cure for bad breath

Updated on July 27, 2009

Bad breath can be an embarrassing problem. No-one wants to repulse everyone they talk too. Especially not if you are trying to chat up a good looking guy or girl.

Bad breath can come from 3 places, your mouth is most common, but it can also be your nose cavity or stomach. I recommend experimenting with the different natural remedies we recommend until you find the natural cure for bad breath, which works best for you. If however the problem persists, you might have some kind of stomach problem, for which you should consult your GP.

How can one test for bad breath, after all it might just be in your head. One way to test is to cup your hands over your mouth. Exhale through your mouth and inhale through your nose. You can smell it, if there is a problem. Another test is to floss and then smell the floss afterwards.

First the basics
You should brush at least twice a day and floss after every meal. If you don’t floss food gets stuck between your teeth and rots.

When you brush, make sure you brush your tongue, as bacteria can grow on there, if you don’t.

Natural cures for bad breath

Chew mint leaves: I have a mint plant in my garden and this is my favorite natural cure for bad breath. You can also make a mint and honey tea. It tastes great and freshens up your breath.

Lemon juice: Squeeze a fresh glass of lemon juice then gargle with it.

Try some spices: There are a few spices that can improve your breath. Examples are cloves, fennel and aniseed. Carry some around in a bag with you and chew them after a meal.

Rinse your mouth: If you can’t get to a toothbrush or mouthwash, just rinse your mouth out with water.

Eat 3 meals a day: If you are on a diet and you skip meals that can cause bad breath.

Chew parsley: Parsley is a natural breath freshener. Pick some and chew on it periodically.

bad breath test
bad breath test

Some things to avoid

Onions, chili peppers and Garlic: These spices leave oils in your mouth. They can spoil your breath for up to 24 hours. Brushing your teeth will have no effect on getting rid of the smell.

Cold meats: Spicy meats like pastrami, salami and pepperoni also leave oils behind for 24 hours.

Strong cheeses: Cheeses like blue cheese, Stilton and Roquefort are a no go. As a mater of fact you need to be careful with all diary products.

Drink water: Drinks like beer, wine, coffee and whisky should be avoided. They attach to the plaque on your teeth and then the smell stays there for days.
Hopefully you can find a natural cure for bad breath that will put an end to it for good. Maybe you have a remedy that wasn’t mentioned here. If so please leave a comment and share it with us.

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    • denisemai profile image

      Denise Mai 

      6 years ago from Idaho

      Wow. I did not know that chewing cloves, fennel, or anise seed would cure bad breath. Good tips.

    • urmilashukla23 profile image


      6 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Great article and advise. Chewing mint leaves is a good one.Thanks for posting it. Voted up and shared.


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