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Essential Oils To Freshen Your Breath

Updated on October 4, 2014

Essential Oils for Bad Breath

Suffering from halitosis or bad breath? If your answer is yes, don’t worry or freak out. You are not the only one suffering from that condition. There are many people who are tormented with their bad breath, despite the fact that they are flossing and brushing their teeth regularly. Doctors and other health care professionals say that people who suffer from halitosis and bad breath despite observance of proper dental hygiene be suffering from underlying sicknesses in the body. If you already visited your physician or had an over-all check up and found your body to be in tip-top shape, you might want to try breath freshening essential oils to get rid of your bad breath.

Causes of Bad Breath, Bad Breath Cures & Halitosis Remedies

Some Underlying Causes of Halitosis

A lot of diseases and sicknesses can present their symptoms indirectly through bad breath. These medical conditions include post nasal drip, digestive orders, respiratory tract infection, chronic bronchitis or uncontrolled diabetes. However, underlying medical conditions may not always be the case. Some people who suffer from bad breath simply do not practice proper dental hygiene or they also have dry mouth or gum diseases.

What Causes the Odor?
Food particles that are stuck in your mouth or dead cells are responsible for causing your mouth to emit foul odor. These particles accumulate in your mouth making the environment inside the mouth conducive for bacteria growth and multiplication.

If you are fond of drinking alcoholic drinks, you may be prone to bad breath because alcohol reduces the production of saliva. When this happens, the mouth becomes dry which is one cause of bad breath or halitosis.

Being under high levels of stress can also contribute to bad breath. Being stressed affects the digestive in such a way that the body and mouth suffers from an insufficient supply of important enzymes. Being lactose-intolerant can also trigger bad breath.

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Mouthwash to Combat Bad Breath

There are numerous brands of mouthwash out there, all of them promising to give you fresh, minty breath after every gargling session.  Although some of these mouthwash are really effective, there are also some that has very short effects.  Some mouthwash brands lose its effect just minutes after usage. 

If you have already tried every brand of toothpaste and mouthwash but still suffer from bad breath, maybe its high time for you to switch to breath freshening essential oils.  Not only do are they safe and natural to use, they are also cheaper than the commercial brands available in the market.

Curing Bad Breath the Natural Way
Why don’t you try using a toothpaste or mouthwash that has essential oils as its main ingredients?  Medical researches have shown that plant oils can help in eliminating foul odors from the mouth.  One study compared the effect of a standard OTC mouthwash with an organic mouthwash that had tea tree oil, peppermint and lemon as its main ingredients.  The result of the study showed that the level of sulphur compounds (responsible for making the mouth smell unpleasant) was significantly lower in the mouth of the person who gargled with essential oils.

Nevertheless, it would be better to buy prepared organic mouthwashes than to make one yourself to promote cleanliness and sterility.  You can also ask your dentist first before switching to organic mouthwash with essential oils.

Using an organic mouthwash like those that are only composed of essential oils can reduce the chances of having dry mouth. 

Using Natural Herbs
You can chew on a small sprig of parsley, peppermint, rosemary or tarragon to freshen your breath. Ditch the sweet and artificial stuffs like candies and bubblegums.  It’s better freshening your breath the natural way.

How to Make Your Own Organic Mouthwash
Interested in making your own natural mouthwash?  Simply try this “recipe”:
Dilute 4-5 drops of lavender oil in 5ml brandy and 125ml of warm water.  Mix the ingredients well and then use it just like an ordinary mouthwash.  Make sure that you have already finished brushing and flossing your teeth before using the mouthwash.  Swish the mixture inside and around your mouth for 2-3 minutes or as much as you can tolerate.  Do not swallow the mouthwash.

Tips to Prevent Bad Breath

  • Floss and brush your teeth daily.  Maintaining good dental hygiene will surely make your mouth clean and bacteria-free.
  • Drink a lot of water.  Making your mouth and body hydrated will give you lesser chances of developing bad breath.
  • Visit your dentist at least twice every year.  Have your teeth cleaned regularly to avoid having plaque build-up.
  • Brush not only your teeth but your tongue and inner cheeks as well.

Foods to Avoid
You can also steer clear from certain foods if you want to get rid of your bad breath.  Try not to eat foods that are high in fat, sugar, or spices.  Eating spices (especially those that emit a very strong odor) might be a great factor in giving you bad breath. Avoid eating garlic and onions and try to observe if your halitosis lessened after doing so. 

If your bad breath seems to disappear after you have avoided those spices, you might have to clear your diet from garlic, onions, etc. If you are a sweet tooth, you can also be prone to bad breath especially if you are not very fond of brushing your teeth.  Eating a lot of sweets will make your mouth a very conducive place for bacteria to thrive.

Healthy Living

You should eat more fruits and vegetables to help you get rid of bad breath.  Eating organic foods rather than junk foods will lessen your chances of getting bad breath.  If you are a smoker, you should quit that habit or else you will have to endure having your mouth smell like an ashtray for the rest of your life.

You can use breath freshening essential oils to make your mouth cleaner and fresher, without having to spend a lot of money and worrying about harmful side effects.  If you already found an organic mouthwash that you like, it would be best if you show it to your dentist before using it.

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    Bad Breath Treatment 7 years ago

    Excellent hub! I also want to add that a recent study has shown that regularly using a mouthwash that contains alcohol can multiply your risk of cancer NINEFOLD if you are a smoker! (Oral cancer).

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    Mama Sez 8 years ago from Canada

    Very well said TheresaAnn...I love you hub.