| Randall Agee
Halitosis happens to everyone at some point. Bad breath is sometimes caused by the foods you eat, but bacteria is more often the culprit. Brushing and flossing at least twice daily removes food particles, preventing bacterial buildup; natural remedies help eliminate even more bacteria. If your breath has changed suddenly and does not respond to improved oral hygiene and natural remedies, see your doctor, as halitosis can be a symptom of an underlying disease.
Keep your mouth moist to help prevent halitosis. Saliva naturally cleanses and refreshes your mouth. Without it, bacteria build up rapidly, increasing the odds that you'll be plagued by offensive breath. Stay hydrated and your breath will automatically be fresher.
MAKES 30 TREATMENTS
Clove essential oil is a powerful antibacterial agent that leaves a fresh, pleasant scent behind. Children 12 years old or younger should not use this treatment.
- 1 Pint Purified Water
- 30 Drops Clove Essential Oil
- In a dark-colored glass bottle, add the water and clove essential oil, and shake well to blend.
- Rinse your mouth with 1 tablespoon, swishing the liquid around the teeth and gargling.
- Repeat this treatment 2 times a day, after brushing and flossing. Try to make each treatment last for at least 30 seconds. Do not swallow the rinse. Shake the treatment before each use.
Lavender-Peppermint Purifying Drops:
MAKES 30 TREATMENTS
Lavender essential oil eliminates bacteria, while peppermint essential oil leaves a pleasant fragrance behind. Use this treatment to stop bad breath between brushings; keep the bottle with you to enjoy a treatment anytime. Children should not use this treatment.
- In a dark-colored glass bottle fitted with an orifice reducer, add the vodka along with the lavender and peppermint essential oils, and shake well to blend.
- Drip 1 to 3 drops on the tongue or under the tongue.
- Repeat this treatment up to 6 times a day until symptoms subside. Shake the km before each use.