There are many causes for halitosis and you may be looking for herbs to cure bad breath. Herbs are a good choice because:
- They’re the most natural way to cure
- Limited side effects
- Plenty of options
Gum and mints may cover the foulness of your breath but won’t actually fight the source of the problem; your breath will remain bad the second the gum wears off. Herbs will fight the source of the problem and improve your breath at all times.
In this article we’re going to look at:
- 5 herbs to help freshen and improve your breath, as well as some background information
- Different ways to prepare the herbs
- And any dangers involved
One thing you will notice is these herbs will improve your breath AND other aspects of your health. This is where the magic in herbs are. Let’s get into it.
Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis)
Common Names: Garden rosemary, rosemary plant
Part Used: Leaves, flowers
Medicinal Properties: Stimulant, antispasmodic, emenagogue, tonic, astrigent, diaphoretic, carminative, nervine, aromatic, cephalic.
Description and Uses: This herb is good as a mouth wash for mouth, gums, halitosis and sore throat. It’s also a very good remedy for colds, nervousness and nervous headaches. It’s also very useful in female troubles.
The oil is used as a perfume for ointments and liniments and the leaves are used for flavoring. It is an excellent ingredient to any shampoo and is reported to prevent premature baldness. It also aids in:
- and strengthens eyes
Myrrh (Balsamodendron myrrha)
Part Used: Powdered gum, resin
Medicinal Properties: Antiseptic, stimulant, expectorant, vulnerary, emmenagogue
Description and Uses: This is an ancient remedy that can be found in the Bible and is still in use today. It’s also one of the best herbs available and is valuable as a tonic and stimulant for bronchial and lung diseases. Excellent for pyorrhea, as it is antiseptic and very healing.
To help your breath improve you should brush your teeth with the powder. Also, thoroughly rinse your mouth and bathe the gums with the tea (here’s a great place to purchase the powder and herb). For use as a gargle and mouth wash, steep in a teaspoonful of myrrh and a teaspoon of boric acid in a pint of boiling water. Let stand for one half hour, pour off the clear liquid and use.
You can also cure your halitosis by taking it internally. Take a small teaspoon of powdered myrrh and one of golden seal (we’ll talk about this herb next) to a pint of boiling water. Steep for a few minutes, pour off the clear liquid and take teaspoonful doses five to six times a day. Soon your bad breath will be in the past.
It’s also very effective for:
- Chest problems
- Decreases mucus discharge
Golden Seal (Hydrastis canadensis)
Common names: Yellow paint root, orange root, yellow puccoon, ground raspberry, eye root, yellow Indian plant, tumeric root, Ohio curcuma, eye balm, yellow eye, jaundice root.
Part Used: Root
Medicinal Properties: Laxative, tonic, alterative, detergent, opthalmicum, antiperiodic, aperient, diuretic, antiseptic, deobstruent
Description and Uses: This herb is known as a “cure all” because of all the health benefits and all the illnesses it helps with. It would almost be faster to talk about what it doesn’t help with!
For your breath, take the same way you would take myrrh (obviously you can mix the two in the way I just described). Here’s a few other things golden seal will help you with:
- Digestion and stomach disorders
- Skin disease
- Bladder problems
- Nasal passages and sinus problems
- Neutralizes poisons
Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia)
Common Names: Sampson root, purple cone flower, black Sampson, red sunflower
Part Used: Root
Medicinal Properties: Alterative, antispetic, tonic, depurative, maturating, febrifuge
Description and Uses: You can use a a gargle for gums, mouth and bad breath. It’s also an excellent blood cleanser and can help with fevers, acne, eczema, sores, tonsillitis, sores infections and wounds.
You can combine it with myrrh and will help with expelling toxins and poisons.
Dill (Anethum graveolens)
Common Names: Garden dill, dilly, dill seed, dill fruit
Part used: Seed
Medicinal Properties: Stomachic, aromatic, stimulant, carminative, diaphoretic
Descriptions and Uses: Bad breath can be fought by simply chewing on the seeds. The tea can be taken to help with upset stomach. It also prevents gas and fermentation in the intestines.
It will improve appetite and quiets the nerves. You can take it for swellings, pains and to stop hiccoughs.
Dangers and How to Prepare Herbs
The side effects of herbs in general are minimal as long as you take the recommended dosages and give your self breaks for certain herbs; golden seal is one of these herbs, so make sure to get some breaks with it. Golden seal also shouldn’t be taken by pregnant women.
If you are giving herbs to children, weak or debilitated people, or the elderly give 1/3rd to 2/3rd of the recommended dosage.
There are many ways to take herbs and I’ve made a complete “how to guide” explaining how to properly prepare herbs, recommended dosages and dangers.
Before I Go
There’s only one place where I buy my herbs and that is Starwest Botanicals. They have been in business for over 45 years and are one the largest suppliers of herbs and herbal products. There is a 100 percent satisfaction gurantee and a wide variety of choices for every herb and the herbs in this article.
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I hope you learned something new from this article and are excited about what herbs can do for you and any problem you have; especially for bad breath.
If you have any questions or opinions, comment below and I’ll make sure to respond as fast as possible. Also share on social media for friends and family to see.
Thanks for reading!
Hi there Dylan,
Great site and fabulous information. I do wish there were far more people with highly informative blogs like this one.
Herbal medicine, out dates so called modern medicine by thousands of years. In my opinion, far better and safer than chemically produced drugs.
Keep up the good work.
Herbal medicine was the first medicine and mas the main medicine for most of human history. People will evetnually turn abck to nature for cures.
I am interested in herbal health aso found this interesting.
will mark it so I can come back to it.
all the best