GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) – Bad breath can be more than s symptom of a particularly odorous meal. If it is a chronic condition it would be wise to seek advice from an ayurvedic practitioner. However, here are a couple quick tips to calm things down if it is not.
- Chew Fennel seeds – Perhaps you have noticed the bowl of seeds at the cashier stand in the Indian restaurant. Its likely to be fennel seeds. Munch on a handful of these seeds after a strong meal to refresh and sweeten the breath. Its antimicrobial properties fight the germs that cause bad breath also soothing sore gums and even aids in digestion.
- Gargle – Fennel tea, cardamom tea or sea salt water all make great mouth rinses. Swish and gargle the warm liquid around in your mouth to kill and dry up any bacteria present. For the seeds simply steep ¼ tsp of the seeds in hot water about 10 minutes before straining. The sea salt is ½ tsp in warm water, rinsing, gargling and spitting until gone.
- Scrape your tongue – I’ve said it before and I will say it again, get a tongue scraper and change your life. Brushing the tongue does not do a lot other than give you a false sense of minty with your taste buds. Scraping the tongue with a stainless steel scraper of side of spoon actually removes toxins. Enough said.
Remember persistent and chronic bad breath is a symptom of some greater toxicity in the body and should be addressed by consulting a professional.