Cold & Flu Prevention

7 Natural Remedies for Fresh Breath

Amanda Page Feb 10th, 2014 (updated Mar 2nd, 2016)
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One of the last things you want is to have bad breath for a romantic evening.  But even if you have a busy day of face-to-face communication, or just need an afternoon refresher, these natural mint alternatives will leave your breath smelling and feeling fresh.  

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Fresh herbs
Fresh herbs

It’s widely known that mint can freshen breath, but chewing on fresh parsley can too.  Parsley contains chlorophyll, which has anti-bacterial properties and a strong scent, which can freshen your breath in minutes.  Other scented sprigs include coriander, tarragon, eucalyptus, cardamom, and rosemary. 

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Citrus snack
Citrus snack

You may want to consider a clementine for an afternoon snack.  Citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, and grapefruits are packed with vitamin C, which helps prevent gum disease and gingivitis – major bad breath triggers. 

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Homemade cinnamon mouthwash
Homemade cinnamon mouthwash

Try making your own tasty mouthwash using common household ingredients. Just mix 1 ½ tsp of honey, ½ Tbsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp baking soda, one cup hot water, and juice from two lemons. Swish about two Tbsp of this mouthwash for about a minute. The honey, baking soda, and cinnamon combat odor-causing bacteria, while the lemon provides a fresh scent.  And there’s a bonus: baking soda whitens teeth.  

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Live active cultures
Live active cultures

The live active cultures in yogurt and cheese have been shown to reduce odor-causing sulfites in the mouth, as well as unhealthy bacteria.  Look for low-fat products without added sugars that contain Vitamin D, which helps create a most hostile environment for bacterial growth.  

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Black tea
Black tea

Black tea contains polyphenols, antioxidants that prevent plaque from sticking to your teeth, and also inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria in the mouth. That’s why black tea can be so helpful in the battle against halitosis.  Some popular types of black tea include Earl Grey, Ceylon, and Darjeeling. 

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Chewy concoction
Chewy concoction

Many exotic spices have antiseptic and antibacterial properties, making them ideal for keeping the mouth fresh and clean.  Try crunching on a blend of fennel, coriander, and whole cloves. It tastes like a delicious winter treat.  

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Magnolia bark extract
Magnolia bark extract

This natural ingredient often found in mints and toothpaste is comprised of magnolol and honokiol, which have potent antibacterial properties.  The powerful extract can kill most bad-breath bacteria within 30 minutes.