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Lots of practices have been produced to combat one of the many health plagues of mankind- bad breath. This is obvious with the plethora of products, tools, devices and offers for therapy and treatment that could face you in your search for one effective treatment.
If you are wondering if those weird-looking devices you have encountered lately are included in the list, well there’s one definite answer to that- yes! However, many of us still live and trust the art and antiques caught from the middle ages or the Stone Age for that matter. Well, these people have good reasons for that.
Obviously, a number of modern devices don’t truly pave the way for curing the condition. They just offer temporary and often, ineffective solutions. Secondly, nature is the best resource for the most effective treatments for bad breath and other health conditions. After all, everything created was good. The fact that the Creator was pleased with his art must show us that His products are second to none. And so, we now give you some of your options for treating bad breath using herbs.
Cardamom (scientific name- Elettaria cardamomum) contains large amount of cineole compound that is efficient in killing the bacteria that causes bad breath. Apart from being an Arabian aphrodisiac, cardamom could also cover the smell with its own aroma. When using this herb you can try chewing the fruit itself or combine the herb with liqueurs and teas.
Parsley as well as other herbs rich in chlorophyll can act as good breath fresheners.
Who would have overlooked eucalyptus when talking about herbs for bad breath? Eucalyptus globules is contained in most commercial mouthwashes and toothpastes which only supports the idea that this is a good herb for bad breath. This contains eucalyptol that has the capacity to kill the sulfur-producing bacteria thriving inside the mouth.
Coriander is known to be an ingredient for food. However due to its potency for temporarily erasing the traces of bad smell in the mouth, it is also used as mouthwash when boiled with water.
Anise or pimpinella anisum is a licorice-flavored type of seed that could help freshen one’s breath. While it may be used as a concoction, some oriental foods also contain anise to intensify the aromatic flavors.
One word of caution for peppermint- it can be poisonous when ingested. This is the main reason why peppermint tea is only used as mouthwash. Additionally, this herb has antiseptic properties.
Dill and papaya could both help bring you fresher breath. These herbs work by clearing the smell of bad breath from the mouth. Dill seeds must be chewed and spitted afterwards while papaya fruit could be eaten raw.
If thyme appeals to you, you can also try using wild bergamot as part of your bad breath treatment. It can be eaten by itself or in form of concoction. Due to its potency to release bad breath most commercial mouthwashes contain wild bergamot as its active ingredient.
Clove ran down in history as the herb that must be chewed by Asians before they could appear before their kings. This herb also has potent antibacterial properties that kill the volatile sulfur compound-producing bacteria in the mouth.
These are just some of the traditionally used herbs in curing bad breath. Others include spirulina which is a good source of alcohol, tea tree oil that has disinfectant properties and fenugreek which can cause the stomach to emit sweeter smells.