Halitosis (foul breath) has a huge impact on your self-confidence and social life.
Causes of Mouth Odour
- Lack of oral hygiene
- Sinus or throat infection
- Consumption of alcohol and tobacco
- Empty stomach also causes bad breath
Herbal remedies for Bad Breath
- Herbs which help the digestive system to eliminate toxins will help in combating bad breath too.
- Astringent, anti-microbial herbs help destroy the bacteria that causes halitosis.
- Indigestion or constipation is also a cause for foul breath it can be cured with medications like sootasekhara rasa, triphala churna, and hingvashtaka churna.
- Triphala: It clears toxins from GIT, improves digestion, and relieves constipation in turn eliminating bad breath.
- Upper and lower respiratory tract infections can be treated by medicines like: dashamoola katutraya, dashamoola rasayanam, sitopaladi churna, talisadi churna etc.
- Parsley freshens breath naturally.
- Chew fennel seeds or cloves after every meal.
- An apple a day will remove the bacteria causing bad breath.
- Food products rich in zinc check the growth of anaerobic bacteria in the mouth.
- Drink lemon juice mixed with water, some sugar and a pinch of salt a few times in a day.
- Decoction made of methi seeds (fenugreek) helps to get rid of bad breath and bad odour.
- Hold 2 tablets of khadira vati in mouth to prevent bad breath.
- Camphor can be used in the form of: decoction for gargles (mouth wash) also as tooth powder for brushing.
- Gargling with mixture made of liquorice, sariva (Hemidesmus indicus) and turmeric powder cleanses and reduces the bacteria in the oral cavity. Irimedadi taila is an Ayurvedic formulation indicated specifically for diseases of the mouth.
- Ayurvedic texts mention that gandoosha and kavala has to be made a part of once daily regime.
- Gandoosha – A medicated fluid is held mouthful for a specific period until there is lacrimation and nasal discharge and then spat out.
- Kavalagraha– The mouth is only 3/4th filled with the medicated fluid, the fluid is rotated and swished in the mouth for a specific time and then spat out.
The medicines are decided depending on the dosha vitiation.
Do’s and Don’ts for Mouth Odour
- Drinking large amounts of water and eating fresh fruits and vegetables is indicated.
- Ensure you eat at least 3 meals a day.
- Rinse/ gargle at least 4 times after every meal.
- Use mouth wash.
- Avoid coffee and alcohol.
- Avoid food items belonging to ‘garlic' family.
- Don’t overload your stomach and delay the digestion process.
Remember, halitosis is more of a symptom than an independent disease, so ensure the treatment of the underlying cause.