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Ever want to know simple home remedies that can help you eliminate bad breath? Below are several ideas to try right from your own pantry. Who knew herbs and spices could do such a thing?

  • Mint inhibits bad bacteria from growing inside our mouths by cleaning our tongue and teeth.  It is also the common ingredient found in toothpaste.  Chewing on fresh mint leaves helps us fight strong odors such as garlic and onion.
  • Cloves have strong antiseptic properties in them, and they can also be chewed or boiled in water to use as a homemade mouthwash. To make the homemade mouthwash, place three whole or finely crushed cloves in two cups of water, and then boil. Strain the water to remove all particles, and then use as a mouthwash.
  • Cinnamon sticks adsorb the odors of garlic and onion in our mouths. We can keep the sticks in our mouths until the smells are fully extracted.
  • Sage has essential oils with antibacterial properties that can stop the causes of bad breath. If chewed slowly, the leaves can help prevent bad breath. Another simple option is to add 1 TBS chopped sage to water and boil it. Then strain the water and use it as a mouthwash.
  • Cardamom is probably the easiest home remedy to rid yourself of bad breath.  After you eat a meal, take some Cardamom. When you chew it, it produces oils, which then improves the taste in our mouths.
  • Hazelnuts absorb bad breath when you chew them slowly.
  • Lemon juice mixed with a pinch of salt can remove garlic and onion from our breath after a meal.