Bad breath has numerous causes, among which eating certain foods (onion, garlic), a stomach problem or a decrease in saliva.
A good mouth freshener could alleviate this problem. Unfortunately, the ones found on the market are very expensive, and they usually contain chemicals and preservatives, so it would be best to avoid them. What if you’d prepare your own mouth freshener from natural ingredients that you have in your kitchen? No more throwing money away on very expensive products and no more toxins that you willingly put into your body.
Preparing a homemade mouth freshener means playing with flavors and ingredients until you get the perfect solution for you.
Ingredients that you can use to make your mouth freshener
Cardamom is an ingredient with an intense and unique aroma. It also helps in digestion and in relieving problems such as flatulence or bloating.
Cinnamon is one of the spices which inhibit the growth of the bacteria which cause bad breath. It also stimulates the digestive system and prevents food spoilage, acting as a natural food preservative.
Cloves have powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that help fight and heal infections in the mouth.
- Roasted coriander seeds
Coriander is a nutty spice with an intense and deep flavor. It is a perfect ingredient for a mouth freshener.
Fennel is highly flavorful and aromatic, and it also contains anethole, an organic compound which fights yeast, fungi and bacteria. Fennel has a sweet but, at the same time, refreshing flavor.
- Dried ginger powder
Dried ginger has antibacterial properties which can eliminate odor-causing bacteria and stimulate the production of saliva, naturally washing away bacteria.
Flaxseeds have a long-lasting nutty flavor and are perfect as a mouth freshener ingredient.
- Melon seeds
Musk melon seeds ohave a nutty, sweet flavor and are also good for digestion.
- Carom and white sesame seeds
These small aromatic seeds are also beneficial for digestion and the health of the stomach.
DIY Mouth Freshener and Digestive Aid
You will need one-quarter cup of fennel seeds, coriander seeds and white sesame seeds, one teaspoon of dried ginger powder and cinnamon powder, half-teaspoon of clove powder, one tablespoon of carom seeds and flaxseeds, two tablespoons of cardamom seeds and melon seeds, sugar candy and dried coconut shreds as per your taste.
Dry roast the fennel seeds on low heat for 5 minutes, the coriander seeds for 3-4 minutes, the white sesame seeds for 5 minutes, the melon seeds for 4 minutes, the coconut shreds until they become golden brown, the flaxseeds for 6-7 minutes and the carom seeds for 3-4 minutes. Mix them all and blend in the cardamom seeds, clove, dried ginger powder, cinnamon, and sugar candy. You can store the homemade mouth freshener in an airtight container for half a year.
Take 1-2 teaspoons after each meal or whenever you want to freshen your mouth. Also try to avoid eating sulfide-rich foods at night (onion, garlic or ginger) and also protein-rich foods because the anaerobic bacteria thrives at night on the protein leftover in your mouth.