Bad breath (or halitosis) is a humiliating problem that causes unpleasant or foul odor from the mouth. It is caused due to the buildup of bacteria in your mouth, gum diseases, digestive tract problems, dry mouth, poor oral hygiene, sinus problem, stress, intake of odor-producing foods, etc.
If you take some minutes to read the label, you’ll find you’re not getting much more than a mouthful of chemicals, artificial coloring, and flavoring that does little to aid your breath for more than a half hour or so. It may actually do more harm on a long-term.
One of the most popular constituents in mouthwash is ethyl alcohol, which can weaken the lining of your gums. Although still inconclusive, Stanford University has conducted research that may tie certain mouthwash to oral cancer
Commercial mouthwashes might provide only temporary relief from the issue of bad breath but the usage of natural remedies will provide the best relief from bad breath.
So the next time you want to freshen your breath, try making this DIY mouth rinse, It’s not expensive, it’s refreshing, and effective-not to mention that you know its constituents or properties, and can also take comfort in the fact that it’s not the color of toxic sludge.
Ingredients and Health Benefits
Cinnamon powder, Honey, Lemon juice, Baking soda (optional).
Unlike mint, which tends to just cover the smell of bad breath, cinnamon actually gets rid of the odor by killing off odor-causing bacteria. The International Association for Dental Research found that individuals who chewed cinnamon gum had a 50% reduction in oral bacteria versus people who chewed mint.
Cinnamon has an organic compound called cinnamic aldehyde which freshen-up your breath by expelling bad breath. Cinnamon also has antimicrobial properties that prevent the odor-causing bacteria, And It has a refreshing and fragrant aroma which helps to keep your breath fresh for longer time.
Honey makes everything taste better, but it also contains anti-bacterial properties. If possible, use Manuka honey.
Manuka honey is from New Zealand and has 127 times the amount of methylglyoxal, which is the anti-microbial agent that fends off bacteria, than acacia honey (the regular sweet stuff around.) Always try to get and use organic raw honey.
Lemon has a solid refreshing citrus scent that can help with nasty cases of bad breath.
Baking soda wipes out awful things (like bacteria) and has been shown to aid whiten teeth.
You will need:
- 2 lemons,
- 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon,
- 1/2 teaspoon and
- 1 teaspoon baking soda.
- 1 ½ teaspoons of honey,
- 1 cup of warm water and
- A bottle or jar with a tight-fitting cover.
Put a ½ tablespoon of cinnamon into a bottle or jar with a tight-fitting cover, and add the 2 juices of freshly squeezed lemons along with 1 ½ teaspoons of honey. If you want you can also add in ½ or 1 teaspoon of baking soda and omit the honey, or use both.
Pour 1 cup of very warm water (needed to dissolve the honey) into the jar, and mix well. When you want to freshen up your breath, give it a swift shake and swish/gargle 1-2 tablespoons for a minute.