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The best tips to fight bad breath naturally
Nature has some home remedies for bad breath (foetor ex ore) ready. The smell from the mouth is something very unpleasant. Most of the time, this is not even noticed by those affected. Either the suspicion arises because people keep more and more distance or because a good friend is so courageous and cautiously points this out to the person concerned. Then the question arises: what needs to be done? Proven home remedies can often serve well here. If these do not help, a dentist or doctor should be consulted to find the causes. Because bad breath can indicate diseases that require sound treatment.
Important when breathing badly: Proper dental hygiene
To combat the bad smell from the mouth, the first priority is of course optimal dental care. This includes brushing teeth at least twice a day, cleaning the interdental spaces and the tongue with a special tongue scraper, which is available in every drugstore. Pulling oil and an oral irrigator can additionally support oral hygiene. Chemical rinses do not exactly have a positive effect on the oral flora. If this is disturbed, germs can spread much better, which in turn increases the risk of bad breath. Therefore, natural mouthwashes, as described below, should preferably be used.
First aid for bad breath: mouthwash
Mouthwashes are easy to perform and in many cases help against bad breath.
A sage tea is made from a teaspoon of dried sage leaves and a quarter liter of boiling water. This takes about eight to ten minutes and is used for mouthwashing when it has cooled down a bit. If tonsillitis is responsible for bad breath, gargling several times a day with this tea helps.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Rinsing with a mixture of a tablespoon of naturally cloudy apple cider vinegar and a glass of water is worth a try.
The myrrh tincture has a very positive effect on the oral mucosa. It has an astringent and anti-inflammatory effect. Five drops in a glass of water, rinsing your mouth several times a day, helps against bad breath.
Propolis is the cement resin of bees that protects the beehive from diseases. The ingredients of propolis are antibacterial and inhibit the development of inflammation. A few drops in a glass of water, rinsed and gargled with it, can drive away bad breath. Propolis can also help as an effective home remedy for sore throats.
Healing earth can bind poisons and then bring them outside. The mouthwash with the powder is not the most pleasant, but very helpful. To combat bad breath, a heaping teaspoon of healing earth is mixed with lukewarm water (approx. ¼ liter) and the mouth is rinsed out. In order to get the sand-like taste and the remains of the healing earth from the mouth, it is necessary to rinse it out several times with water.
Cistus incanus belongs to the genus of rock roses. This plant has a strong antioxidant effect, blocks viruses and can strengthen the immune system. A cure with the tea brewed from it helps - preventively applied - to ward off the flu. This tea is also suitable for rinsing and gargling. To do this, brew ten grams with 150 milliliters of boiling water. After a steeping period of eight minutes, the strain is taken. As soon as the tea has cooled a bit, the mouth is rinsed out and gargled if necessary.
Another proven method is mouthwashing with lemon water. A lemon is squeezed out, mixed with water and used as a rinse. Attention: Not everyone can tolerate citrus fruits, especially in the area of the mucous membranes!
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is a versatile home remedy. Since this essential oil has an antibacterial effect, it is also used against bad breath. Two to three drops of a good tea tree oil are poured into a glass of water and used for daily mouthwashing, ideally after brushing your teeth or in between.
Rinse with brine
Himalayan salt has a healing effect. The brine produced from it can help as a natural remedy for a wide variety of complaints, including against bad breath. The salt is basic and can therefore counteract acid formation in the mouth.The production of a brine works as follows:
- A chunk of salt is placed in a screw-top jar and poured with good spring water
- After about an hour, the 26 percent brine is ready
- For a mouthwash, three milliliters of it are mixed with 100 milliliters of water
- If something is removed from the brine, it is then filled with spring water. The chunk of salt must always be covered with water.
Colloidal silver is tasteless, has an antibacterial and antiviral effect and therefore has a positive effect on the oral flora. A tablespoon of it is needed for rinsing and gargling. The best effect is achieved if the colloidal silver remains in the mouth for five minutes, but afterwards it must be spit out.
Xylitol, the birch bark sugar, is a natural type of sugar. This contains significantly fewer calories than conventional table sugar. It is particularly worth mentioning that it does not cause tooth decay, but can even prevent it. For this reason, xylitol is a good natural remedy for bad breath. Half a teaspoon of the powder is moved back and forth in the mouth for two to three minutes and then spat out. After application, nothing should be drunk for about half an hour and the mouth should not be rinsed out. The procedure works best after brushing your teeth.
Tea rinses for bad breath
Whether black tea, an infusion with chamomile or basil: all three teas are suitable as mouthwashes for bad breath. For the preparation of chamomile tea, five flowers are used per 250 milliliters. Basil is known from the kitchen, especially in connection with the preparation of Italian dishes. But this herb is also justified as a tea - internally for indigestion and externally for use with unpleasant smelling breath.
For the basil tea, a handful of fresh leaves are needed per cup (250 ml). The tea should brew for about fifteen minutes. Black tea contains many polyphenols that have an anti-bacterial effect. Therefore, it is also suitable for rinsing the mouth.
Better chew coffee beans and mint instead of peppermint candies
If there is a bad smell from the mouth, those affected often use peppermint candies. In most cases, however, these only provide better breath for a short time. In addition, the sugar, which is often contained in the sweets, does not exactly have a beneficial effect on the oral flora. Chewing coffee beans, for example, is much more effective. Chewing anise or fennel seeds, fresh parsley and ginger is just as helpful.
Freshly chewed mint leaves are an old home remedy for bad breath from the Orient. The leaves are plucked individually and sucked and chewed in the mouth. Alternatively, organic chewing gum from the health food store is also available.
Anism mouth water repels bad smells
To get rid of bad breath after eating onions or garlic, gargling with a mouthwash made of aniseed is very suitable.For a refreshing anise rinse you need:
- two tablespoons of aniseed
- 100 milliliters of water
- 40 milliliters of high-proof (45 percent) alcohol
- 50 milliliters of rose water
Bring the water to a boil and pour over the anise seeds. Then cover the jar and let the water get cold. Strain the liquid through a coffee or tea filter, the seeds are well expressed. Add the alcohol and rose water and mix the ingredients.
Fill the mouthwash into a dark bottle and shake it well. After brushing your teeth, put a shot of it in a glass of water, gargle thoroughly and then spit it out.
Pulling oil is now very well known. It is a simple, but extremely effective home remedy. with which infections can be prevented very well. It is just as effective for bleeding gums, bad taste in the mouth and bad breath. It is best to use cold-pressed sesame or sunflower oil. Before brushing your teeth, a tablespoon of oil is moved back and forth in your mouth, pressed through your teeth and then spit out, as the oil binds toxins that should leave the body. The oil pull should be done daily and for as long as possible (for five to ten minutes).
Chewing gum to stimulate salivation
So that there is no dryness in the mouth, a sufficient amount of drinking is necessary. A glass of water should also be drunk with every cup of coffee. Chewing gum helps to stimulate the formation of saliva on the way, but the sugar-free variant should be considered here. The sulfur content in the mouth may lead to bad breath. Natural yogurt is a simple home remedy. This not only has a positive effect on the intestinal flora, but also reduces sulfur formation.
What causes bad breath?
Ninety percent of the causes of bad breath are found in the mouth or throat. The remaining ten percent are caused by medication or problems in the digestive tract. Around a quarter of the world's population is affected, although bad breath is always mentioned here.
Causes in the mouth and throat
Carious teeth, poor oral hygiene, bacteria, tartar, plaque, gum recession, poorly fitting prostheses or inlays or gingivitis: all of these can lead to bad breath. Other causes include inflammation of the oral mucosa, fungal infections in the mouth (e.g. thrush, candidiasis) and inflammation of the salivary glands.
Food is often responsible for the fact that an unpleasant smell escapes from the mouth. Possible causes are onions, garlic, strong spices, alcohol and coffee. Smoking, decreased salivation, dry mouth, hunger, fasting, food residues and snoring are also blamed for bad breath.
Diseases such as tonsillitis, glandular fever or tumors in the mouth and throat are almost always accompanied by bad breath. Medications that reduce salivation, such as antidepressants or antihistamines, can also cause bad breath. During menstruation, pregnancy or menopause, women tend to have bad breath due to hormonal changes.
Causes in the digestive tract
Diseases and changes in the esophagus, heartburn, stomach disorders and food allergies such as Lactose intolerance or gluten allergy (celiac disease) can be mentioned as possible causes of bad breath in the digestive tract. (sw, nr)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Editor Heilpraxis.de, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
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