15 Helpful Home Remedies for Bad Breath

Why Does Bad Breath Occur?

The first step to solving the bad breath problem is to find the source of it. Halitosis or bad breath is actually a medical condition where one’s breath can smell a little stale. However, in turn, this can make a person extremely self-conscious and in some cases even withdrawn. In most cases, bad breath can be due to ignorance in taking care of the teeth and gums. However, there are other reasons that can contribute to bad breath. These include:

  • A dry mouth.
  • Alcohol or smoking cigarettes.
  • Consumption of foods such as garlic and onion.
  • A diet that is low in carbohydrates.
  • Diabetes.
  • Lung infections.
  • Acid reflux, also known as the Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.
  • Consumption of certain medication including some antidepressants.

How to Fight Bad Breath, the Natural Way?

Bad breath may be due to one of the above-listed reasons or a combination of more than one of the reasons. Either way, here are some home remedies that can cure bad breath naturally.

1) Parsley

Ingredients

  • A handful of fresh parsley leaves.

What You Have to Do

Chew the fresh parsley leaves as it is. You can even incorporate it into your daily meals as a garnish.

How Frequently

On a daily/regular basis

Why this Remedy Works

Parsley, being a plant, has a significant amount of chlorophyll. This acts as an anti-bacterial agent that helps in eliminating bacteria present in the mouth and throat that are responsible for causing bad breath. Apart from this, parsley also helps in facilitating a healthy digestion.

2) Aloe Vera

Ingredients

  • A few spoons of fresh Aloe Vera Gel.
  • 1 glass of warm water.

What You Have to Do

  1. Extract the fresh Aloe Vera gel from an Aloe Vera plant
  2. Mix it in with the glass of warm water
  3. To this, you can add a few drops of peppermint essential oil, which is optional
  4. Use this blend to gargle as a mouthwash.

How Frequently

Once a day.

Why this Remedy Works

Aloe Vera is a natural antibacterial as well as an antifungal agent. Thus, it fights against potent infection-causing bacteria. Apart from this, Aloe Vera can give a lot of relief against swollen and inflamed gums as it boosts the production of collagen, which heals the skin. Another added advantage of Aloe Vera is that it helps reduce the formation of dental plaque.

Read how Aloe Vera can be used for skin care as well.

3) Sesame Oil

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil.

What You Have to Do

Also known as oil-pulling, this process involves gargling with sesame oil, making sure that you swish the oil around in your mouth for at least 3 to 5 minutes. You can thereafter spit it out and gargle your mouth with lukewarm water.

How Frequently

Once a day, preferably in the morning when you wake up.

Why this Remedy Works

Sesame oil has been proved to improve dental health. Similar to coconut oil, sesame oil is anti-bacterial and thus kills all the odour-causing bacteria. Apart from this, sesame oil is also guaranteed to whiten your teeth, if used on a regular basis.

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4) Coconut Oil

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon virgin or organic coconut oil.

What You Have to Do

  1. Gargle the coconut oil every morning for at least 5-10 minutes by swishing it around in your mouth
  2. Use lukewarm water to rinse your mouth thereafter
  3. You can even brush your teeth after, to ensure that all the oil has been washed away.

How Frequently

Every day until the bad-breath is treated.

Why this Remedy Works

Coconut oil is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory in nature. Thus, the swishing of coconut oil on a daily basis will keep the mouth bacteria-free, healthy and most importantly odour-free.

5) Green Tea

Ingredients

  • A glass of warm water
  • A green tea bag and honey (optional)

What You Have to Do

  1. Dip the tea bag in the warm water for at least 5 minutes
  2. You can add honey to this tea and even lemon if you wish to
  3. Sip on this tea at intervals.

How Frequently

Once or twice a day.

Why this Remedy Works

The health benefits of green tea have been spoken at length, especially over the last decade. Green tea contains numerous phytochemicals that help flush out all the toxins and harmful bacteria that is present in the body. This will not only eliminate the bacteria that are present in the mouth but will also regulate a healthy digestive system.

6) Ginger

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of ginger extract
  • 1 glass of lukewarm water

What You Have to Do

  1. Add the freshly grated ginger extract to the glass of lukewarm water
  2. Make sure that the ginger has been freshly extracted so that it is 100% potent
  3. Rinse your mouth with this liquid, gargling for a minute or two.

How Frequently

You can do this quick procedure after every meal or at least once a day to keep the bad breath at bay.

Why this Remedy Works

Ginger is said to have antimicrobial properties. Thus, odour-causing bacteria are killed instantly. Apart from this, ginger has been an age-old remedy to treat any form of oral infections, especially that of a sore throat.

7) Fennel Seeds

Ingredients

  • A handful of fennel seeds.

What You Have to Do

  1. Chew on the seeds until they start to emit their oil/juices. Ingest them thereafter.

How Frequently

You can do this whenever you feel that your breath might be emitting an odour.

Why this Remedy Works

One of the common Indian home remedies for bad breath is fennel seeds. So much so, that most restaurants serve fennel seeds after a meal to ensure that your breath does not emit any odour. This is because fennel seeds prevent infection from occurring in the mouth. Thus, your breath remains fresh and the risk of halitosis is eliminated.

8) Lemon Juice and Yogurt

Ingredients

  • Equal parts of lemon juice and
  • Yogurt.

What You Have to Do

  1. Mix both the ingredients into a homogenous paste
  2. Apply this paste on your teeth, coating them with a generous even layer
  3. Let this mixture sit for at least 5 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.

How Frequently

Whenever you feel like you have bad breath.

Why this Remedy Works

While yogurt contains good bacteria that goes a long way in ensuring that your oral cavity is healthy and free from any infections, lemon juice helps fight against odour-causing bacteria.

Check here to know more about the benefits of lemon oil.

9) Activated Charcoal

Ingredients

  • A toothbrush
  • 1/2 teaspoon activated charcoal

What You Have to Do

  1. Brush your teeth with the activated charcoal as you normally would, in place of a toothpaste
  2. Do this for about 5 minutes
  3. Then rinse your mouth thoroughly to remove any traces of the charcoal remnants.

How Frequently

Preferably twice or thrice a week until the bad breath is treated.

Why this Remedy Works

Activated charcoal acts as a good absorbing agent in the sense that it will absorb all the harmful bacteria as well as impurities in the mouth. Thus, odour-causing bacteria are eliminated. Regular use of activated charcoal is also said to whiten the teeth.

10) Baking Soda and Lemon Juice

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda

What You Have to Do

  1. Mix both the ingredients into a coarse, homogenous paste
  2. Rub this paste onto your teeth for about a minute, making sure to distribute it evenly
  3. Let this sit for about a minute
  4. Then rinse your mouth with lukewarm water.

How Frequently

Once a week.

Why this Remedy Works

Lemon juice is antibacterial which makes it fight against odour-causing bacteria. On the other hand, baking soda is a natural antacid that helps regulate the pH levels in the mouth, thus making sure that the acidity levels are neutralized.

Precautions to Take:

Do not do this more than once a week as excessive use of baking soda on the teeth can lead to damaging of the enamel of the tooth.

11) Cardamom

Ingredients

  • 1 cardamom pod.

What You Have to Do

  1. You can either peel the cardamom seeds from the pod and then chew on them or just chew on the pod as a whole.

How Frequently

This remedy works best after you have had a meal that contained garlic or onions as the smell of cardamom is quite potent enough to mask the odour. Thus, you can use this on special occasions when you have had a heavy meal.

Why this Remedy Works

Another common household remedy for bad breath, cardamom acts as an aromatic freshener against odour. It is not really anti-bacterial or anti-microbial but helps acts as a deodorizer that fills your mouth with a sweet fragrance.

12) Saltwater

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 glass of warm water.

What You Have to Do

  1. Mix the table salt in the water until it completely dissolves
  2. Use this liquid mixture to gargle, making sure that you take your time doing this step.

How Frequently

Once or twice a day.

Why this Remedy Works

Salt is a natural cleanser and will thus help clean out any food remnants that may be present in your mouth. At the same time, it also acts as a neutralizer that maintains the pH of the mouth, preventing the pH from becoming too acidic. Salt water also has antimicrobial properties that will destroy any infection-causing microbes in no time at all.

13) Eucalyptus Oil

Ingredients

  • 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil
  • 1 glass of water.

What You Have to Do

  1. Mix the eucalyptus oil into the water to form a homogenous mixture
  2. Gargle with this mixture in the morning after you brush your teeth
  3. You can thereafter rinse your mouth with plain water.

How Frequently

Every day until the bad-breath completely disappears.

Why this Remedy Works

Eucalyptus oil is an analgesic as well as an anti-inflammatory agent. Thus, if you are suffering from any gum-related infection, the oil will instantly calm the swelling and alleviate the pain. Eucalyptus oil also acts as a bactericidal on different bacteria, keeping your mouth germ-free. Dilution is necessary.

14) Tea Tree Oil

Ingredients

  • 1-2 drops of tea tree oil
  • 1 glass of water.

What You Have to Do

You can use tea tree oil in two ways to eliminate bad breath.

  1. You can simply add the tea tree oil to the glass of water and gargle with it for about 5 minutes
  2. Can mix the tea tree oil with your toothpaste and use it to brush your teeth.

How Frequently

Once a day or until the bad breath goes away.

Why this Remedy Works

Tea tree oil is an antioxidant that will help regulate the health of your teeth and gums. It is also a pretty strong antibacterial agent which works in killing a range of potent bacteria. Use it with recommended dilution.

15) Cinnamon

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • the juice of 2 lemons
  • 1-2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 glass of hot water.

What You Have to Do

  1. Add honey, cinnamon powder and freshly squeezed lemon juice into an airtight container
  2. Mix these three ingredients into a viscous paste and then pour the hot water over it
  3. Close the airtight lid over it and shake this mixture well enough that it forms a homogenous liquid
  4. Use about a teaspoon of this blend every time you rinse your mouth after brushing
  5. You can store this blend in the fridge for further use.

How Frequently

Once or twice a week.

Why this Remedy Works

Lemon contains acids which balance the pH in the mouth while honey and cinnamon are antibacterial agents that fight against odour-causing bacteria.

Also read: How to Whiten Teeth – 15 Natural Ways

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