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:
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, or after every meal, flossing daily, and brushing the back of your tongue.
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.
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.
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.
Make sure you are well hydrated. A dry mouth is often a smelly one.
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.
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.
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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Sage is easily recognized because of its fragrant smell and distinct taste that adds flavor to a number of dishes. Many may not realize that when you incorporate sage into your cooking, you are offering up some very real health benefits as well. Sage can be taken in different forms that include sage tea, essential oil, and extract. Traditionally, it is said that 1 cup of sage tea a day maintains health in old age.
Properties: antiseptic, astringent, stimulant, carminative, antispasmodic, nervine, generally strengthening, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral
- Remarkable help with excessive sweating, hot flushes and night sweats. Take a cup of cold sage tea before bed to stop night sweats.
- Improves brain function, including memory. (Maybe that’s why a wise person is called a “Sage”?)
- As a gargle and mouthwash soothing for sore throats, laryngitis, tonsillitis, mouth ulcers, and inflamed and tender gums.
- Tea relieves stress, helps depression and nervous exhaustion, post-viral fatigue.
- Helpful with digestive problems, relieves constipation, abdominal cramps, and nausea.
- Extract helps with inflammation in the body, like rheumatoid arthritis, and other ailments.
Most users experience greater energy, better sleep, increased cognitive functions, and overall better health.
It is recommended that sage extract should only be used for one week at a time. Stop using the extract for a few days, then it can be used for another week.
Nursing women should beware that sage has the reputation of stanching the flow of milk.
Please consult your physician for any questions and how sage may interact with medications you may be taking.
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Sage taken as a tea, gargle, or mouthwash is an effective antiseptic for sore throats, laryngitis, tonsillitis, mouth ulcers, and inflamed and tender gums.
Not suitable for children, don’t use if allergic to Salicylates (Aspirin).
Recipe for Sage Tea & Gargle
1 ounce sage leaves
3/4 ounce fennel seeds, mix and keep in jar for later use.
Take 1- 1/2 teaspoon of this mixture, pour 1 cup of boiling water over it and steep for 10 minutes. Use as a gargle for flu and inflamed throat. Drink as a tea for infections of the mouth and throat. The fennel gives the tea a sweet, mild, licorice-like flavor.
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Yes, it’s true. Grandma’s was sipping sage tea before bed time to stop the night sweats.
Who knew this garden and cooking herb could do so much. Sage is an astringent, stimulant, antiseptic, carminative, antispasmodic, and generally strengthening.
Basic Sage Tea Recipe
Pour 1 cup of boiled, but no longer boiling water over 2 teaspoons of fresh or 1 teaspoon of dried sage leaves. Cover and steep for 10 minutes, then strain. Make sure that the water is not boiling when you pour it over the leaves, or the potent essential oils in the sage will vaporize. Drink 1-2 cups of the tea a day, or use the warm infusion as a gargle. Sweeten the tea with maple syrup or honey (only if you are not allergic to honey or maple syrup).
Sage Tea Recipe Relieves Excessive Sweating
1 ¼ ounce sage leaves
2/3 ounce horsetail
1/3 ounce valerian root, mix and store in closed jar for later use
Take 1-1/2 teaspoon of this mixture, pour 1 cup of hot water over it and steep covered for about 15 minutes, let it cool. This tea will reduce nervous perspiration and prevent excessive night sweats when taken at bedtime.