Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Herbs that sweeten your breath

Pick up a pinch of any of these — parsley, basil, or coriander

  Can’t stand the stinging sensation caused by a mouthwash, but want sweeter breath? Pick up a pinch of one of these herbs instead: parsley, basil, or coriander.

Parsely                 Basil                       Coriander

      Parsley                                                    Basil                                               Coriander

    All these herbs contain the green plant pigment chlorophyll, which is a powerful breath freshener.

Some more fresheners for your mouth: Apart from parsley, basil, and coriander, here are some more breath fresheners:

  • Dill: It’s also rich in chlorophyll. Chew the seeds, or make dill tea by adding the leaves or mashed seeds to boiling water.
  • Cardamom: It contains cineole, a potent antiseptic that kills bad-breath bacteria. You can chew the seeds and then spit them out.
  • Anise: The seeds of this licorice-flavored herb have been used for a very long time to freshen breath. You can boil the seeds in a cup of water. Strain, and then drink or use as a mouthwash.
  • Peppermint tea: This strong antiseptic helps fight halitosis.

Source: TOI.

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