Monthly Archives: May 2012

Home Remedies For Bad Breath

Have you ever had your confidence tested when the person you just said “Hello” to startled and took a quick step back? Most times, other people will take notice before the person who is afflicted with it – Bad Breath.

Bad breath can be caused by many things. Poor oral hygiene, cavities, bacteria on the back of the tongue are just some of the more obvious reasons for bad breath. Certain foods, smoking, dehydration, gum disease, or sinus conditions can be other causes for bad breath. In some persistent cases of bad breath a serious condition like gastrointestinal problems, sinus infection, bronchitis, diabetes, liver or kidney failure, or even cancer can be the underlying cause. People suffering from persistent bad breath should consult their dentist as well as their physician to rule out any serious health problems.

Ruling out any serious conditions, getting rid of offensive breath can be as simple as:

  1. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, or after every meal, flossing daily, and brushing the back of your tongue.
  2. Avoid certain beverages, like beer, wine, or coffee. Residue from these beverages attaches to the plaque in your mouth and gets into the digestive track, then with every breath the bad odor comes back out. Black tea, on the other hand, will freshen breath as well as benefit your health.
  3. Eat fresh Parsley. This breath saver contains chlorophyll, a known breath deodorizer. You can also juice a few handfuls of the green goodness, mix in some watercress for a tasty flavor twist, and sip a little whenever the breath needs freshening.
  4. Ease up on the cheese. Some of the cheesy favorites are called strong for a good reason. They can get a hold of somebody’s breath and just won’t let go. Be cautious: other dairy products may have the same effect.
  5. Make sure you are well hydrated. A dry mouth is often a smelly one.
  6. Make your own gargle. Mix equal amounts of sage extract, Calendula extract, and myrrh gum extract, store in a tightly sealed jar at room temperature. Use to gargle 4 times a day. If you are out without your gargle, simply remember to rinse your mouth with water after a meal.
  7. Certain Spices have been used for centuries as natural breath fresheners. Keep a small amount of cloves, fennel seeds, anise, or cardamom with you to chew a few after a meal. Some of the flavors may be strong and may take getting used to, so, pick the ones you like best, they are well worth a try. Not only do they freshen the breath, they also aid digestion.
  8. As a last resort, there are always the cover ups – commercial mouthwash, breath mints and gum. They are really just a short-term fix, if you take a short ride with someone in a compact car, or similar situations.
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Boost Immunity with Cumin

Cumin is in the parsley family. Cumin seeds had great importance in the past when people used them as currency to pay for merchandise. For thousands of years cumin was highly prized for its health benefits and its taste. The warm, nutty aroma of cumin is an excellent addition to meat curries, stews, vegetables, seafood, and sauces. The taste could be described as bitter, but not hot. Cumin is thought to boost the immune system and improve liver function, reduce gas, and aid in digestion.

Heath Benefits:

  • Boosts immunity, is high in iron and an abundant source of vitamin C, vitamin A and essential oils, excellent in the fight against infections. Like other spices, cumin is great source of dietary fibers and possesses anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties.
  • Excellent for treating various respiratory problems, like asthma and bronchitis, due to its disinfectant properties.
  • Very efficient in prevention and treatment of digestive system related problems, compounds act by stimulating the digestive system to secrete pancreatic enzymes and bile acids which assist the digestive processes. Cumin seeds boost the metabolism, improving the absorption of nutrients.
  • Boosts the process of detoxification of the liver, and has long been used as natural laxative.

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Healing Cinnamon

In this country when you hear Cinnamon most people think of cinnamon rolls or the delicious spice in apple pie filling, but in other parts of the world, especially India and Asia, this ancient spice has been used as a healing herb for centuries. Research studies have linked cinnamon consumption to lowered blood sugar, improvement in insulin sensitivity, as well as improved cholesterol levels. Cinnamon is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. It can also be used to treat the common cold, tooth aches, and bad breath, as well as headaches, migraine, and arthritis pain.

Mao Shing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M., PhD, and Dr. Oz agree that cinnamon helps to detoxify the system and stimulate brain function. The antiseptic properties of cinnamon give it the ability to fight bladder infection. If taken in the first 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, a cup of strong cinnamon tea might just nip a bladder infection in the bud. Keep in mind that mixed study results make it hard to prove these benefits on paper – but it doesn’t hurt to sprinkle a teaspoon into your bowl of oatmeal, or mix it into your hot cup of green tea or coffee. Yum.

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