Natural Remedies For Bad Breath

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on

Mint Leaves Helps Bad Breath

When faced with bad breath, many people immediately turn their head to temporary treatments for this problem rather than thinking about the cause of the problem.

The reality is that bad breath can be caused by health conditions, foods, and possibly your habits. If you suffer from chronic bad breath, you should first examine your hygiene habits. Make sure that you floss at least once a day, and that you brush your teeth regularly.

It is also possible for chronic dry mouth conditions to play a part in the development of bad breath. Dry mouth is caused by the decomposition of dead cells in your mouth and on your tongue. This decomposition results in an unpleasant odor.

Extreme dieting and the use of tobacco products, soft drinks, coffee and alcohol are other contributors to the development of bad breath. Tobacco products, of course, should never be used at all. Radical diets and fasting are the main dietary changes that usually result in bad breath issues.

Following a raw food diet, or simply modifying your diet towards drinking and eating healthier things, such as organic fruits and vegetables, does not generally have such negative results on bad breath.

Lack of Digestion and Bad Breath

You may not be aware of this, but insufficient digestion and not chewing your food completely can cause you to have bad breath. If you suffer from certain bowel disorders, constipation, or a sluggish digestive system, you are a prime candidate for developing bad breath. The reason for this is that these conditions create an excess of gas in your body, and much of that gas exits through your mouth.

One of the culprits involved in having a sluggish digestion is the lack of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. If there isn’t enough hydrochloric acid, food that is undigested winds up being passed into your intestines where it emits a noxious odor. This odor then causes bad breath.

Natural Remedies for Bad Breath

Organic Mint Leaf

In your quest to find a solution to your problem, you may be tempted to turn to your favorite over the counter mouthwash. Mouthwash is one of those temporary treatments that can be used in the fight against bad breath, but its effects will not last for more than about an hour.

If you use mouthwash, it is particularly important that you choose a mouthwash containing no alcohol at all. There are a couple of reasons for this. One, alcohol actually contributes to the development of bad breath. Two, studies have shown that mouthwashes containing more than 25% alcohol are linked to an increased risk of developing oral cancer.

There are actually a number of natural remedies that can be used that may help you relieve bad breath. Taking a tablespoon of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar mixed with water, prior to eating meals is supposed to help your digestive processes run more smoothly.

You might also find a salt water gargle (I recommend Himalayan Crystal Salt) to be useful, as this combination helps to eliminate bacteria from your throat and tonsils. Some other natural remedies include:

  • Organic Mint
  • Organic Sage
  • Organic Fresh Parsley
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Chewing gum (Sugarless)

Using an all-natural breath spray can help. My favorite, which I use on a regular basis, is called FreshMouth. It offers you all natural ingredients in the fight against bad breath without the addition of any harmful or dangerous ingredients.

Regardless of the natural remedy you choose, make sure that you research the ingredients prior to making a decision. Exploring your options ahead of time is the best way to ensure that you choose an option that is healthy and effective.

I also recommend cleansing your body. If you have bad breath most likely your body has reached toxic levels. I would start with a colon cleanse and then move onto doing a liver cleanse.

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • number one tip for fresh breath. Scrape your tongue a couple times a day. It helps. It helps alot.

  • Christine Lake

    Bad breathe can be a sign of vitamin b deficiency and toxicity. One of the best ways to avoid bad breath, body odor, bad smelling feet. Toxins build up in our systems and as a result we experience various systems. The best thing I have found is ongoing cleansing. I do a Total Health and Wellness program and cleanse twice a month to stay healthy.

  • Charles

    Dr. G , what do you use to brush your teeth? Gotta let us in on that secret!!

  • Henry Johnson

    Thank for this one, I really want to know any alternatives to achieve a smile and smell that can attract more women. Thank you very much!

  • This is great information on bad breath and halitosis causes, prevention and treatments. It is so hard with long work days and on-the-go eating habbits to prevent bad breath. With these simple tips, it is much easier for people control this un-flattering problem. Thanks!

  • Sanjay Pillai

    Thanks for the great article!

    I used to suffer from bad breath for many years. Then I heard about a therapy called oil pulling from a friend.

    Once I started doing oil pulling, my bad breath disappeared in just a couple of days. It is really simple to do and can be followed by anyone. You just have to rinse your mouth with oil everyday.

  • Bad Breath Remedy

    Great article! Thank you for sharing these remedies for bad breath.

  • Mike

    Clove has also been used historically as a mouth antiseptic and cure for bad breath.

  • Elizabeth

    What sort of oil should be used?

  • myrtle beach dentists

    There’s a lot of medication and alternatives out in the market that can solve bad breath. With that, it is hard to find out what medication will fit for your bad breath problems. That’s why it is still better to ask your trusted dentist what causes bad breath so that he can provide you with the right medications.

  • Ken D Berry, MD

    I planted Lemon Balm in a flower bed at our home 2 years ago. The stuff is now growing wild like a weed, and I have found that chewing one leaf is a tasty way to reduce bad breath…

  • Halitosis Free

    Bad Breath is a problem that needn’t be. Thank you for all the information you provide to help eliminate this problem.

  • Emma May

    I have had bad breath, lost my job due to it. tried to find a new job but it’s very hard once you stink up the office. I had tonsil stones and awful bad breath. My friend told me to Google Oraltech Labs as it got rid of his bad breath and his post nasal drip. I’ve been following Oraltech Labs for about 2 weeks now and I feel much better, also people are not avoiding me anymore so it seems to have cured my bad breath as well.

  • Alex

    Oraltech Labs, It worked for me, although I will say it’s not just do this and
    “bam your breath is cured” they make you change your entire mouth
    cleaning habits. So you end up doing it all their way. But in the end it
    becomes a daily habit. If you have bad breath you’ll know it messes up your
    whole social life.

    And I suppose the best thing is they don’t make you go out buying “special”
    products for the rest of your life. Just don’t get it and then think you’ll do
    what it says “now and then” because it’s either all or nothing, and trust me
    getting rid of my room clearing faecal breath meant I was all in. Alexs, J.

  • glenmattuews

    Very true.

    Bad breath is the worst thing that ever happened to me. I
    went through six years of hell with bad breath and it almost destroyed my life.
    Lost my job due to it. tried to find a new job but it’s very hard once you
    stink up the office. I had tonsil stones and awful bad breath. My friend told
    me to check Oraltech Labs advice as it got rid of his bad breath and his post
    nasal drip. I’ve been following advice for about 2
    weeks now and I feel much better, also people are not avoiding me anymore so it
    seems to have cured my bad breath as well.

  • That’s great to hear! I’m glad somethings actually working for you.

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