Before I head out the door, I often like to quickly freshen up my breath, but I’m really not a fan of chewing gum. There are a variety of herbs and spices that are considered ideal for combating bad breath. In fact, some people simply chew or suck on cloves to freshen their breath; however, that taste is too pungent for me on its own. Instead I essentially made a very strong tea that would work in the same way without my actually having to eat the cloves. Here is the recipe for this simple, natural Clove Mouthwash.
1/2 c water
1/2 tbsp whole cloves
Place whole cloves in a small bowl.
Bring water to a boil and pour over the cloves.
Allow to steep until cooled to room temperature.
Strain into a lidded container for storage.
To use, swish about 1 tsp of the mouthwash around your mouth for 30 seconds.
Use regularly once or twice a day, or use whenever you particularly want to freshen your breath.
Cloves have been used dating as far back as ancient Greek, Roman, and Chinese medicine, particularly in dentistry. Not only will they eliminate any scents or tastes left over from whatever you have eaten last, but they are actually antimicrobial. This is how they also clean your mouth and kill off any bacteria that may be causing persistent bad breath. Cloves contain the antioxidant eugenol as well which is an anesthetic and has antibacterial and antifungal properties. I like the way this clove mouthwash leaves my mouth and tongue fresh and even a little bit tingly. A study showed that the majority of participants also preferred a herbal mouth rinse using cloves over the chemical based one.
Have you used cloves or other herbs or spices to freshen your breath?