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Reduce Salt and Increase Fresh Herbs

Friday, September 6th, 2013

1186668_71552385Many of us try to incorporate more vegetables and less processed foods into our diets, but it isn’t always easy. Whether you are running errands throughout the day, working or trying to make food for the entire family, it can be hard to make everything from scratch. On August 29, we hope you took a step toward a healthier life and celebrated More Herbs, Less Salt Day – if not, there’s always next year! Herbs not only add flavor and zest to otherwise bland dishes, they contain antioxidants and vitamins for a healthy body and mouth. Ever feel like your breath is less than fresh? Try to incorporate these bad breath-fighting herbs into your meals:

Sage
Known as an ancient herb with healing powers, sage is effective against halitosis because it helps to get rid of the bad breath-causing bacteria that accumulate in the mouth. Luckily, sage is super yummy as well, so you can add it to pastas, lean meats, salads or soups. Other spices with similar taste and power as sage include rosemary and thyme.

Basil
Fresh basil leaves have an incredibly pungent, delicious smell, so you can imagine the effect that a few of these leaves will have on your halitosis. Basil, like other leafy greens like parsley, contains chlorophyll that is a natural deodorizer for your bad breath. Have you ever wondered why some restaurants will garnish your plate with a parsley sprig? No, it’s not just for looks. This is to freshen your breath after a meal. Basil and parsley are also great spices for virtually any meal. Try a fresh caprese salad with your meal and chicken seasoned with parsley.

Peppermint
This one should be pretty obvious. Peppermint is a common choice for getting rid of bad breath because it leaves you with a minty fresh taste in your mouth without added sugar that you would find in peppermint gums and candies. How do you add peppermint into your daily diet? Sip on peppermint-infused tea, or even add a few drops of peppermint extract to your tea. If you’re in a pinch and need to freshen your breath quickly, you can simply chew on a few peppermint sprigs and you’ll knock that smelly breath out of the water.

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Aromatherapy: Bad Breath & Halitosis Cure

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

aromatherapy bad breath
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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