02 March 2014

Home Remedies for Bad Breath DIY Anise Mouthwash Recipe

Is your breath less than minty fresh?  Bad breath strikes everyone at some point in their lives.  Usually bad breath isn't cause for concern, but it could be indicative of a more serious problem, so see a dentist if these home remedies for bad breath don't help.

What Causes Bad Breath?

According to the Mayo Clinic, bad breath causes are numerous.  Possible causes include:

  • Bacteria that breaks down food around your teeth can release a bad smell.  Eating garlic, some vegetables, and onions can also contribute to bad breath because they release an odor during digestion.  This odor is carried to your lungs, which makes your breath smell bad.  
  • Using tobacco products can lead to gum disease, which can cause bad breath.  
  • If you don't floss and brush daily, food particles and bacteria can build up in your mouth and on your teeth.  This can cause bad breath over time.  
  • Dry mouth caused by medications or some diseases can contribute to bad breath. 
  • Gum disease, tooth decay, and mouth sores can be bad breath causes.
  • Bad breath can be a side effect of some medications.

Home Remedies for Bad Breath

Drug store shelves are full of remedies for bad breath, but there are also several home remedies.  Products in the stores usually mask the odor, but using a home remedy can cure the cause of bad breath for longer relief.

  • After brushing, rinse your mouth with a glass of water with a few drops of peppermint essential oil or chamomile essential oil
  • As soon as you wake up, rinse your mouth with 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar in an 8 ounce glass of water to combat morning breath.
  • If you have bad breath throughout the day, chew on parsley or mint.
  • Mix anise, fennel seeds, and dill.  Chew on a little bit of the mixture during the day. 
  • Apples and yogurt are said to freshen breath, and they are a healthy snack.
  • Suck on eucalyptus or peppermint candies.
Anise Mouthwash

One of the best home remedies for bad breath is a DIY anise mouthwash.  If you like licorice, you will love this mouthwash.  To make it yourself, follow these directions:

  1. Boil 2 tablespoons anise seeds in 3.5 ounces water and let cool.  
  2. Strain mixture through a coffee filter to remove seeds.
  3. Add 1/4 cup vodka and 1/4 cup rose water.
  4. Use after brushing to freshen breath.  

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