Tips for treating bad breath and offensive body odor with medicinal herbs, essential oils, and home remedies

Bad breath and offensive body odor are almost nonexistent in people that eat a clean diet. A diet with lots of meat, dairy, saturated fats, rancid oils, processed food, and sugary snacks causes stinky breath, offensive body odor, and foul smelling bodily excretions. Of course even the healthiest diet can cause problems if garlic and onions are consumed.

Girl with bad breath needs peppermint
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Worried about bad breath? Drink peppermint tea or chew parsley after eating.


Bad breath can be treated with herbs.

Bad breath is a symptom of poor diet, sluggish digestion, cavities, gum disease, sinus infection, constipation, smoking, liver malfunction, excessive dieting, dehydration, and post nasal drip. There is an array of herbs suited for each of these underlying conditions.

Green tea, parsley, and rosemary cleanse the mouth.

Drinking green tea is a great way to get rid of bad breath. Parsley, rosemary, basil, thyme, sage, bean sprouts, and liquid chlorophyll (green drinks) are also excellent remedies. The chlorophyll in parsley and other leafy greens is a powerful natural deodorizer. A garnish of parsley on the dinner plate not only looks good, it is good for the breath when chewed.

Yucky food particles

Occasional bad breath is caused by rotting food particles which results in bacteria growth and can be greatly reduced by careful brushing, flossing, and rinsing with herbal mouthwash. Don't forget to brush the tongue as it is a breeding ground for bacteria.

Use diluted tea tree oil for infection.

Low grade mouth infections and gum disease call for tea tree oil. Tea tree oil may be diluted with water or olive oil and rubbed directly on the gums. It may also be added to mouthwash. Brushing with myrrh powder is also an excellent remedy for gum disease and mouth sores. Just sprinkle a pinch on toothpaste.

Clove and mint oils help fight bad breath.

Clove essential oil, powdered ginger, cinnamon essential oil, and mint essential oil make excellent remedies for fighting bad breath - just be sure to dilute before use.

Chewing cardamom seeds fights bad breath.

Chewing cardamom or fennel seed after every meal is a century old tradition for sweetening the breath. Cardamom is a popular Arabian spice well known for its antiseptic properties. Buy the whole pods, split open, and chew the seeds. Spit them out when finished.

Get vitamin C into the diet.

Vitamin C can fight bad breath by helping rid the body of excess mucus. Avoiding dairy foods can also help although adding yogurt to the diet may be beneficial. The acidophilus in yogurt balances bacteria in the stomach and aids digestion.

Rinse with apple cider vinegar and cinnamon or salt water.

Many times a natural mouthwash is the best remedy. A natural mouthwash can be made by combining a cup of apple cider vinegar with a teaspoon of ground cinnamon. A few drops of peppermint essential oil may be added for extra strength. Rinsing with salt water is also recommended as a way to kill harmful bacteria in the mouth.

Bad body odor calls for herbal deodorant and lifestyle changes.

Excessive body odor is not acceptable in today's society. A daily shower or bath is usually all that is needed to keep body odor at bay. There are many natural recipes for deodorants. One calls for equal parts vinegar and aloe Vera juice. Another natural deodorant is cleaver tea. Cleavers grow abundantly in the North Georgia area and can be gathered throughout the year. They make a good deodorant when the tea is applied immediately after bathing.

Fight body odor with salt scrubs, exercise, and diet.

Excessive body odor can be prevented with regular salt scrubs, lots of exercise, and a good diet. Salt scrubs get rid of bacteria overgrowths on the skin and pulls out impurities. Exercise help the lymphatic system to cleanse the body at a faster rate. Proper diet prevents excessive build up of toxic materials that clog digestion. Eating fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, and other health foods can rid the body of bad breath and offensive body odors in just a few days.

* Always consult with your health care professional before taking any herbal remedies.

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