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6 Natural Mouth Fresheners (You Can Eat!)

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Herbs can lessen bad breath.

Herbs can lessen bad breath.

Bad breath is something no one likes. There are many mouth fresheners available on the market to fight bad breath. However, there are also mouth fresheners in the plant world that can fight bad breath just as well (or even more effectively!) than the artificial ones. Here are six natural mouth fresheners you can use instead of purchasing an artificial one.

1. Mint

Mint is an aromatic herb that is used for a variety of culinary and medicinal purposes in eastern cultures. One of its medicinal properties is that it can kill bad-breath-causing germs in the mouth, giving you cool breath. Most of the mouth fresheners you find in the market contain mint or menthol (an organic synthetic compound extracted from mint). Try just eating the plant (organic, of course) by itself!

2. Cardamom Pods

Cardamom is a form of spice native to India, Bhutan, and Nepal. It has an intensely aromatic fragrance. It also has a strong and unique taste. Cardamom occurs in the form of pods and is mostly used for culinary and medicinal purposes in eastern cultures. One of the properties cardamom has is that it can fight the toughest mouth odor. Chewing on a cardamom pod (you won't want to swallow it) for a few minutes can definitely get rid of your bad breath.

3. Cinnamon

Not many people are aware that cinnamon is a good naturally available mouth freshener. It is obtained from the inner bark of certain trees of the family Cinnamomum. It is used as a spice in both sweet and spicy food. Its flavor is due to its aromatic essential oil. Apart from having other medicinal applications, it can be used as an effective mouth freshener if you lightly chew on a stick (don't hurt your teeth!) or mix cinnamon oil with water. Refer to the instructions on the oil bottle for the proper ratio of oil to water.

4. Basil

Basil is another herb that is used as a spice and a natural mouth freshener. The herb is native to India but can be found in cuisines all over the world, especially in Italian and Southeast Asian cuisines. There are many varieties of basil in the basil family. Depending on the variety, the aroma and taste may differ a bit. Certain types of basil are also used for religious and medicinal purposes, especially in India. Apart from being an excellent herb, it is an antioxidant, antiviral and antimicrobial. The aroma and antimicrobial properties make it an excellent mouth freshener.

5. Clove

Most people know about the strong aroma and taste of clove. Clove oil is used in toothpaste for a reason. Clove oil, if applied to a cavity in a decayed tooth, can relieve toothache. It also contributes to stronger teeth and fresh breath. It need not be necessarily used in the form of toothpaste or oil. Chewing one bud of clove can keep your breath fresh for a very long time. However, caution must be taken against chewing too many buds. Cloves have an extremely strong flavour. Hence, one bud is sufficient to keep your breath fresh.

6. Fennel Seeds

Fennel seeds can be easily confused with aniseed (or anise seed) as they look identical. Both are sometimes used interchangeably in culinary crafts as they smell and taste similar too. However, fennel tends to have a sweeter aroma and taste. Its sweet flavour comes from a compound called anethole, which is found in aniseed as well. Fennel is very commonly used as an after-meal breath freshener in countries like India and Pakistan.

Most of these natural mouth fresheners are easily available in a store (or garden!) near you. Now that you know you can use some of these natural fresheners, why go for an artificial one?


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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


Vinod K Shori on October 16, 2015:

It is great as you have shared the knowledge of natural , beneficial for the body immunity, readily available and in day to day use in every home the things to be used as MOUTH FRESHNERS . Bad breath is a general phenomenon which most people remain unaware as they themselves can't feel the foul smell and the people in the environment around have to bear the brunt. Foul smell produces negative vibrations.

Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on August 11, 2013:

pstraubie48: Thanks a lot for commenting Patricia :)

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on August 11, 2013:

Great tips. It makes sense that cinnamon freshens favorite gum has that flavor and if I am ever concerned about fresh breath in particular (like after an especially aromatically filled meal) I have a stick.

Great to know of these others. Voted up and shared ps

Angels are on the way to you today ps

Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on August 11, 2013:

HawaiianOdyddeus: Thanks a lot for commenting :)

Younghopes and WiccanSage: Absolutely.. Clove especially is a wonderful mouth freshener. But it is also extremely strong. That is why clove oil is used to treat cavities.

Mackenzie Sage Wright on August 10, 2013:

This is good to know. I love mint leaves, I pick on them as I pass the plant, lol. But I couldn't imagine chewing a clove! Yikes! Makes me grimace just thinking about it. Great hub.

Shadaan Alam from India on August 10, 2013:

This was such a useful hub, i never knew cinnamon and clove too could be used as mouth fresheners, voted up and shared

Hawaiian Odysseus from Southeast Washington state on August 10, 2013:

Thank you, Karthik!

This hub could go hand in hand with the hub I just wrote about that first kiss! Ha-ha! Thank you so very much for giving us the inside scoop regarding natural breath fresheners. Aloha, and have a great weekend!