Bad breath • Natural home remedies

Halitosis is the medical term for chronic bad breath, which usually is a signal of a problem within your body.  

Bad breath - Image of Cardamom pods to freshen

Some possible origins are:

  • Allergies
  • Dental issues, like gingivitis or poor hygiene
  • GERD
  • Infections of the mouth, nose or throat
  • Liver disease
  • Medication side effect (some medications that can cause halitosis are nitrates, certain chemotherapy medication and tranquilizers)
  • Oral cancer
  • Smoking
  • Stomach disorder
  • Tongue bacteria
  • Xerostomia (dry mouth)

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • Dry mouth
  • Coated tongue.
  • Unpleasant smell

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

Treatment would depend on the cause of chronic bad breath. If home remedies and an improved diet does not solve the problem, consider visiting a doctor for diagnosis.

SELF TREATMENT

Others have made claims of efficacy for the following suggestions and treatments, but this information is provided as anecdotal information for your further research.

DIET

Sometimes, foods you eat will cause short-term bad breath, but you need to look deeper for the cause of chronic halitosis. A good diet is necessary for a healthy digestive tract, which will affect the smell of your breath. It is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent starting point.

FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING

  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Bone Broth
  • Coconut oil
  • Fermented foods
  • Fiber-rich foods
  • Foods that require chewing (to keep saliva flowing)
  • Guava
  • Raw vegetables
  • Yogurt

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID

  • Alcoholism can cause bad breath
  • Anchovies
  • Cauliflower
  • Coffee
  • Garlic
  • Mints or gum with sugar
  • Onions
  • Processed sugars
  • Strong cheese
  • Strong spices
  • Tobacco in any form
  • Too much protein overall and regularly
  • Tuna

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Apple cider vinegar and water as a mouthwash
  • Ginger tea
  • Green tea
  • Fennel
  • Stinging nettle tea
  • Turmeric

HERBS AND SPICES

For chewing

  • Cloves
  • Fennel seeds
  • Aniseeds
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Mint
  • Cilantro
  • Cardamom pod
  • Salt water gargle/mouthwash

ESSENTIAL OILS

As mouthwashes, add a drop or two in a half cup of water; do not swallow

  • Clove
  • Eucalyptus
  • Myrrh
  • Peppermint oil and a pinch of baking soda
  • Pine needle
  • Sage
  • Tea tree oil

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

HYDRATION

Hydration and a moist mouth is important to keep breath fresh. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½ ounce to 1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

If you are clean inside, your breath will benefit.  That exercise is beneficial is undisputed. There is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can do without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.  Exercise, along with good food and pure water, are the foundation for a healthy body.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend. Do what works for you to keep mellow.

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • A spoonful of hydrogen peroxide in water as a mouthwash
  • Activated charcoal for teeth cleaning
  • Brush and floss teeth after eating
  • Brush with baking soda to make the Ph level of your mouth less acidic.
  • Brush your tongue when you brush your teeth
  • Chew on some clean lemon or orange rind
  • Chew on some spices like cloves, fennel or anise seeds
  • Diatomaceous earth, internally for detoxification
  • Eat parsley
  • Eat regularly (3 x a day) to avoid the production of ketones which are the result of fat burning
  • For good dental health, avoid fizzy drinks and acidic fruit juices, and limit sugar intake.
  • Get regular dental cleanings and check-ups
  • If you have braces, be sure to get all food out after eating
  • Keep your mouth moist
  • Oil pulling (an Ayurvedic technique: swishing oil around your mouth for 20 minutes)
  • Replace your toothbrush often
  • Rinse your mouth after eating if a toothbrush is unavailable.  Preferably, brush after every meal.
  • Stay hydrated
  • Stop smoking
  • Try using a fiber supplement to help detox the digestive system.

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

  • Chinese Medicine
  • Homeopathy (https://www.drhomeo.com/mouth/homeopathic-medicines-for-bad-breath-halitosis/)
  • Acupuncture

CAUTIONS

If you cannot cure your bad breath with these remedies, be sure to consult a doctor to discover the underlying cause.

PREVENTION

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get quality sleep
  • Practice good dental hygiene
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