Bad breath is a common cause of discomfort for many people, especially when they are very close to another person, for example: having a date, an interview or a wedding. While a small percentage of people suffer from this condition on a regular basis, a higher percentage of people experience it only occasionally.
The condition may be associated with tooth and gum problems or due to some disorder originating in the lungs or stomach. It can also appear when the person suffers from a disease such as a cold, upper respiratory tract infections, sore throat, etc. It can also originate if there is dry mouth (xerostomia) or in cases of poor oral hygiene.
If the cause of bad breath is due to some systemic disease or due to tooth and gum problems, there is no way to deny bad breath unless the underlying source is treated. Once the base of the condition is identified and treated, bad breath goes away on its own. You can treat these sources with natural remedies, but you need a combination of elements to make the right recipe.
But if the origin of the condition is due to poor oral hygiene or dry mouth, improved hygiene and the use of some ancient home remedies make progress in reducing the condition.
One of the time-tested home remedies to temporarily reduce bad breath is the use of parsley. This has been used in various ways for many years and is favored by many people. Parsley leaves are rich in chlorophyll and acts as a powerful bad breath neutralizer. Chlorophyll is an anti-mutagen that acts as a very good deodorant.
Parsley has been used in various ways to combat bad breath, but the effects are best when fresh. Parsley is the best antidote for bad breath, especially to reduce the smell of garlic when a food containing garlic has been consumed.
When dining out at a restaurant, if a person feels they have bad breath, the easiest way out is to order a dish that contains parsley. Chewing on the leaves will give you instant relief and avoid embarrassment.
Chewing vinegar-drenched sprigs of parsley also helps fight bad breath. This when chewed and swallowed and helps improve digestion. Parsley sprigs when ingested also help reduce intestinal gas which can further reduce bad breath.
Many air fresheners that are commercially available contain parsley as one of their ingredients. The aromatic parsley oils used in these breath fresheners are ideal for reducing bad breath.
The parsley contained in a capsule was commercially available as a method to combat bad breath. This was marketed with the concept that the condition is a problem of the digestive tract and not of the oral cavity. This product was later recalled when the company’s claims were challenged in court by other competitors in the field.
Parsley is also used to make a home remedy for bad breath. It is boiled in water along with some whole or ground cloves and then cooled and strained. This strained parsley and clove product is gargled as a mouthwash to help reduce bad breath.
Although there are many commercial products available in the market, many people still prefer to use simple, natural and readily available remedies like parsley to help them fight deadly bad breath. Unfortunately, for those who suffer from chronic bad breath or halitosis, a simple solution like this will not be enough.