Bad Breath and Herbal Tips for a Fresher Breath
Bad breath or halitosis is a common medical
predicament that has plagued people from ancient time. Ancient
Egyptians were indeed in such predicament before (due to the
widespread nature of dental diseases). In light of this, pellets
that are made of a concoction of frankincense (sap derived from
tree of the genus Boswellia), myrrh (sap derived from tree of
the genus Commiphora), cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) and honey
were developed by them as breath-freshener.
For most people, bad breath is a passing
inconvenience rather than a disease.
For some, the odor gets so offensive to the
extent that they avoid talking to people in close proximity. It
gets more embarrassing when friends or your date found out about
your deep and ‘smelliest’ secret. It is like getting a slap on
the face when they point out (hopefully not in full public view)
that your breath smells like a rotten egg. And no, popping in a
mint-flavored gum or using a peppermint mouth spray does not
solve the problem. They do give a temporary fix in masking the
The famous quote ‘You are what you eat’
cannot be more right. For spice-, garlic-, onion- and
cheese-lovers, the chance of being afflicted with repulsive bad
breath is high. Heavy smokers will also turn people off with
their revolting breath.
Additionally, your foul-smelling misery
could also be due to certain conditions such as tooth cavity,
gum disease, dry mouth (xerostomia) or a respiratory illness
(sinusitis or tonsillitis). The list goes on.
But wait, you may have to cross out all the
possible culprits mentioned above.
Why is it so? Well, you may have missed one
factor that people always take for granted. It is negligence of
Let us face the reality. We
mirror-worshipping mortals tend to pay more attention to vanity.
We tend to fuss on how (pretty or handsome) we look. Sadly, the
last thing that comes to our mind is probably oral hygiene. A
neglected oral hygiene shows up in your breath and may well be
the root cause to the dreadful stink.
So, what can you do?
Brush your tongue after your teeth-brushing
moments – it helps to get rid of the tongue-residing bacteria
that can cause bad breath. More importantly, floss your teeth –
you do not want to leave food residues stuck between your teeth.
By not doing so, you will create a wonderful ‘paradise’ for the
bacteria to ‘party on’ (bacteria will feed on the residue and
release foul-smelling by-products).
On top of that, you can exhale more
confidently by using some of the herbs below.
The practice of oral hygiene via the use of
natural herbs dates back to the time of ancient Greece and Rome.
The Greeks chose (or rather chewed on) anise (Pimpinella anisum)
seeds. On the other hand, the Romans kept their breath fresh by
chewing the leaves of parsley (Petroselinum crispum). Apart from
its reputation as an aroma-enhancer in food, parsley is a great
neutralizer to reduce the smelly breath.
Munch on cardamom (Electteria cardamomum)
seeds. This will leave a delicate and enticing aroma which
lingers in your breathe. If the idea of chewing on herbs does
not appeal to you very much, try brewing tea using fenugreek (Trigonella
One of the most valued herbs in Ayurveda is
neem (Azadirachta Indica). To put a stop to your episodic or
even persistent bad breath, use neem-based oral products to rid
off mouth-thriving bacteria, prevent tartar or plaque build-up
and restores freshness in your breath. Neem leaf extracts are
in those products but some Indians still
chew neem twigs as part of maintaining a fresh breath.
Well, all the best in keeping your breathe
minty fresh, the herbal way.