Herbal remedies for halitosis (bad breath) have obviously been around longer than any others. Before we had pharmacies, factories, and laboratories, people experienced bad breath and they used whatever means they had available to try to remedy it. Even today, indigenous groups have an extensive knowledge of the plants that grow around them, and the uses that can be made of many of these plants. For the aromatic herbs and pungent spices, one benefit is obvious to everyone – a strong and pleasant-smelling plant odor is preferable to the foul odor of bad breath – chewing cinnamon or mint leaves masks the odor. There’s often more to it than that, however.It turns out that many of the traditional herbs for bad breath not only smell nice, but also have antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can actually help fight off the bacteria that cause bad breath. Thyme, mint, cardamom, cloves, and bergamot are all known to have antiseptic properties and many other edible herbs do as well. Even some plants that are not normally eaten, such as eucalyptus, can be used in a mouthwash to create herbal remedies for halitosis. Many people use these plants as a quick fix: chew on… Read full this story
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