The cause of bad breath or halitosis may varies. It can be anything from underlying dental problems, over-load of bacteria in your mouth or just snack with foods such garlic or onions.
But that mouthwash that are available at the stores, does not contain much, except some artifical colorings, chemicals and flavoring that does little to help get rid of bad breath. It may actually cause more damage long-term. This is because one of the popular ingredients in mouthwash is ethyl alcohol, which is known to weaken the lining of the gums.
So ifyou need to freshen your breath, you can try making this Homemade Mouthwash. It’s easy to make, cheap and effective.
Cinnamon gets rid of the odor by removing odor-causing bacteria. The International Association for Dental Research stated that people who chewed cinnamon gum had a 50% decrease in oral bacteria, compared to the people who chewed mint.
Baking soda help gets rid of bad bacteria and in whitening teeth.
Honey contains antibacterial properties. If possible, you can choose to try Manuka honey which contains 127 times the amount of methylglyoxa, the antimicrobial agent that kills off bacteria.
Lemon contains a strong and refreshing citrus scent that can help with cases of bad breath.
Cinnamon Mouthwash Recipe
1 ½ teaspoons of honey
1 cup of warm water
1-1/2 teaspoon 1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon
Jar or bottle
1. Put 2 freshly squeezed lemons, ½ tablespoon of cinnamon and 1 ½ teaspoons of honey, into a bottle or jar with tight fitting lid.
2. Pour 1 cup of very warm water into the jar and stir well.
3. To freshen up your breath, shake quickly and gargle 1-2 tablespoons for at least 1 minute.
Note: If you’d like you can also add in 1/2-1 teaspoon of baking soda and omit the honey, or use both.