If you’re like me and my friends, you’ve probably spent plenty of time at the grocery store or convenience store checkout shaking your head in disgust at the gum and mint options.
Virtually all of them are laced with aspartame, sucralose and other totally unhealthy, unnatural ingredients, and finding a natural gum that doesn’t contain them has become “Mission: Impossible” unless you happen to be at the health food store.
But there are plenty of ways to freshen your breath without mints or gum, using the power of natural substances that are quite easy to find.
Of course, you may find yourself back in the health food store or shopping online again, but you already spend plenty of time doing both of those things already, right?
Peppermint, Clove Oil for Bad Breath
Peppermint and clove oil are already two of the more popular essential oils out there, and I have both on hand because of their incredible benefits. I mostly use the peppermint oil to add flavor to my smoothies and for digestion benefits, while clove oil is great to have on hand in case of a toothache.
Peppermint oil has the ability to:
- Soothe mild or worse arthritis pain
- Help with migraines and headaches
- Keep away ants and beetles
- Provide a jolt of mental energy via smell
Clove oil on the other hand has the following benefits among many others:
- Helps to fight infections
- Works to eliminate acne
- Relieving stress
- Numbing painful teeth and other dental
Both of them are also capable of freshening your breath, especially peppermint oil. One whiff of peppermint essential oil and you’ll realize just how powerful it is. In fact, it’s so powerful that I routinely, and accidentally, put in a little too much in my cacao smoothie mixes. Even a tiny drop can have a big effect when mixed with water.
Clove oil is also good for breath, although it is more of a short term solution. Since it has more of an anti-microbial effect than a probiotic-like effect, it is not the best solution for long term breath treatment; supplementing with probiotics may be better over time (see below). You can also chew on actual cloves for a short term good breath boost, which have an earthy, slightly minty taste. You can get cloves for a low price in the bulk section of the health food store.
Both peppermint and clove essential oils are great for breath management in a pinch, however. I keep peppermint oil on hand and use it for this purpose often. The best quality essential oils I’ve come across come from the Young Living brand, which can be found by clicking on this link.
Long Term Natural Bad Breath Treatment
Treating bad breath holistically is something that takes time and effort, and usually comes about as a result of good overall health practices.
If you suspect you have a bad case of halitosis or even just a mild and chronic case, start by balancing your body’s pH. Eat more organic vegetables and fruits and drink more filtered water. You may even consider taking a digestive enzyme supplement and getting more probiotics in your diet as well.
Probiotics applied orally can also help to get more “good” bacteria in your mouth to fight off the bad bacteria. Simply eating more probiotics over time, whether through fermented vegetables or supplements, will also deliver more of the good bacteria to your mouth to fight halitosis. A Swedish study found that the probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus in particular is excellent for restoring balance to your mouth. Check out this link for an excellent probiotic supplement that contains that particular bacteria.
I’ve personally noticed a big difference between people who eat healthy, natural diets and those who don’t in terms of breath and even overall body odor in many cases.
As is the case with many other ailments, bad breath can be rectified from the inside out through diet and supplements, especially probiotics.
It may seem ironic to consume fermented vegetables, which many people shy away from due to their smell, for better breath. But for many people, eating more could be just what the (holistic) doctor ordered for finally solving their bad breath problems.
And in a pinch or to cover up breath problems, peppermint oil and cloves are two of the better natural solutions out there.