7 Natural Remedies for Fresh Breath

Amanda Page | Feb 10th 2014

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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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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.