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Aromatherapy: Bad Breath & Halitosis Cure

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

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As we all know, bad breath (halitosis) is a socially embarrassing issue, with a huge list of causes: everything from dry mouth, oral decay, medicines, excessive smoking, dentures, and gum disease. Luckily, as a problem with many causes, there are also many cures.

Many remedies have been tested for stopping halitosis, most of which are temporary. The best way to tackle bad breath for the long haul is to target the underlying cause. This can be done by improving oral hygiene, getting rid of gum/periodontal disease, and having oral fixtures removed. Aromatherapy is yet another cure for bad breath. Yes, another home treatment! The effects of aromatic essential oils tend to be longer-lasting. The use of it as a bad breath remedy is increasing throughout the world, since it has other benefits on top of halting halitosis.

Essential Oils & Bad Breath

Even though essential oils are taken from plants, they can be toxic when ingested, depending on which one you use and how much of it. It is recommended that one should confer with a doctor prior to using essential oils, so that one can find the essential oil that is most suitable. Some should also be diluted prior to use, like tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is anti-bacterial, and can be used to kill the bad breath-causing bacteria in the oral cavity.

In our toothpastes and mouthwashes, one may find that peppermint and fennel essential oils are commonly used. One can also create his or her own mouthwashes with these oils, depending on how much one knows about these oils. For instance, one can mix tea tree oil with warm water and rinse the mouth out twice a day with it. For a fast treatment, one can use a drop of peppermint oil on the tongue and hold it for a few minutes. Spearmint, lavender, cardamom and almond essential oils are also used to cure bad breath.

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Mind Your Own Beeswax, Bees Can Cure Bad Breath?

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Most of us know now that bad breath (halitosis) can be caused by: cavities; dentures; smoking; alcohol; lung, tonsils, adenoid, sinus or throat infections; certain foods (garlic, onions, high sugar products, spicy foods, dairy products); poor oral hygiene; and so on.  We’ve also discussed many different possible cures.  Here are some natural remedies you may not have suspected:

  • Bee Propolis (a resinous mixture that is collected by bees from tree buds and other sources) helps gum infections, as well as other infections.  Obviously, if one is allergic to bees, he or she should not try this method of diffusing bad breath.  Propolis has been used as an antimicrobial, emollient, immunomodulator, dental anti-plaque agent,anti-tumor growth agent, and even in food and musical instruments.
  • Drink water to moisten the mouth, which increases the strength of saliva in the mouth, that cleanses the bad breath bacteria
  • Use a tongue scraper to help remove bacteria
  • Use an odorless form of garlic, which is a natural antiobiotic
  • Zinc also has an antibacterial effect
  • Add half a lemon to a glass a water, and gargle with it
  • When brushing the gums and tongue, use powdered cloves, an herbal remedy for bad breath.  One can keep cloves under the molars without chewing to help maintain fresh breath.
  • Avoid foods like blue cheese, salami, curry, tuna, garlic, onions, anchovies, red meat, milk, coffee, cola, etc.
  • Parsley is a natural deodorizer
  • Cardamom is a breath sweetener
  • Cranberries help fight off the bad breath-causing bacteria
  • Eating a green/raw Guava will help stop bad breath
  • Fruits that are high in Vitamin C, like citrus and oranges, will help control the bad bacteria
  • Eucalyptus Oil is found in many toothpastes and other oral products because it has an active antiseptic ingredient, Eucalyptol
  • Sometimes chewing on sugarless gum or eating sugarless candies will help keep the mouth moist and not contribute to the growth of bad oral bacteria
  • Edible camphor helps against bad breath caused by tonsilitis, sinusitis, and head colds, since it is a very effective throat stimulant.  It helps get rid of clogged mucus, making it a natural and effective nasal decongestant.
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