We get numerous mouthwashes over the drugstore counter these days. Not to forget the variants in aroma they offer… So, what is the big hue and cry over these mouthwashes when you can make some really good ones at home? These are simple rinses, with most of them simmered in water, but they are effective and come sans side effects…
Read on to know the five most effective mouth rinses made at home with your kitchen ingredients…
5 Kitchen Ingredients That Double Up As Mouth Fresheners
Cloves are good for your oral health, in all ways. Packed with rich antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, these are wonderful mouth freshening agents too. A few drops of clove oil in warm water makes an ideal mouth rinsing agent. If you don’t have the oil, you can simmer 1 tsp ground cloves in 300 ml water for 10 minutes and use this as a mouthwash. Do this twice a day regularly to see visible changes in your breath.
The peppermint flavored and smelling chewing gum is the most sought after one by smokers as they believe it will freshen the foul odor triggered by cigarette. It is quite often the aroma that is popular among the over the counter mouthwash solutions too. Prepare one at a home by adding a few drop of peppermint essential oil to your warm water gargle. Or a drop or two on your toothpaste will also do the job…
The presence of chlorophyll in rich amounts enable this herb to eliminate bad breath. Just steep the parsley leaves with a little cinnamon powder. You can even add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to this mixture and your homemade mouth rinse is ready.
4. Cardamom and Lemon Juice
Cardamom is an aromatic spice that is an inevitable part of countless Indian sweetmeats. What is lesser known is its role in eliminating the foul breath. Crush 4 to 5 green cardamom pods and discard the shell. Finely powder the seeds mix with 1 tbsp lemon juice. Dissolve this concoction in a glass of warm water and use it as your after meal mouthwash for a fresh, bacteria free breath.
5. Baking Soda
Soda bicarbonate or cooking soda, as it is also called, is one of the most effective solutions for bad breath. It also offers you protection from the bacteria, a popular cause of halitosis. Dissolve ½ teaspoon baking soda in 200 ml warm water and rinse you mouth with this solution, after your brushing in the morning, regularly till your breath turns odor free.
Many a time, bad breath could be a sign of some other more grave underlying problems. So, if your bad breath still exists after experimenting with these natural remedies for bad breath, then do fix up an appointment with your dentists and physician to identify the root cause…
Take care and stay healthy!