Halitosis. It even sounds like a dirty word, doesn’t it? Bad breath isn’t the worst thing that could happen to a person – I mean, it’s not fatal (well, not physically…socially, maybe), but there’s no denying that bad breath makes you suffer.
Not to mention the people around you – they suffer, too.
Bad breath is something pretty much all of us experience at least once in our lives. If you’ve ever fasted, you’ll know what I mean.
But it is curable and it’s often easier than munching away on mints all day, every day (which tend to make you gassy – just as bad, if not worse, than having bad breath).
If you – or someone you often come into close contact with – suffers from bad breath, try the simple juice recipes remedies below. These are recipes I put together when my mom was doing a 10-day fast. I love her and wanted to continue talking to her in person, so I did my part to make my face-to-face time with her smelling pretty.
The recipes are great for juice fasts, since they contain minimal calories and lots of nutrition to carry you through. Maybe they’ll help you too 🙂
Fresh as a Daisy
Just like the name, this concoction is a fresh blend of alfalfa sprouts, parsley and cucumber. Both alfalfa and parsley are rich in chlorophyll, which is known to freshen bad breath, and the cucumbers act as a refreshingly hydrating base for the mixture.
Remember that dryness of the mouth worsens bad breath and make sure you keep hydrated – juice fast or not!
MO-HEAT-O is too simple and too effective to be believed. Ginger is a natural breath freshener – and yummy too. Mint, as you already know, also works wonders on the breath. And finally, limes help your body detox toxins that may be contributing to your bad breath. Overall, a simply delicious way to cure halitosis!
Apple Juice (on steroids)
Sometimes, the cause of bad breath goes much deeper than the mouth. People with digestive or other stomach-related health issues can experience bad breath, due to a reduction in stomach acid. The dose of apple-cider vinegar in this juice recipe helps to mimic stomach acid benefits while cucumbers and apples provide nutrition and hydration!
If you have seriously bad breath and want to get rid of it once and for all through natural means, there are 2 other natural remedies we highly recommend:
1. Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy that is fantastic for oral health. It’s simple to do and effective. First, get yourself a high-quality oil. You can use sesame oil, olive oil, or coconut oil. We recommend coconut oil since it’s the least nasty-tasting of the 3 for our purpose.
Make sure your oil is cold-pressed and organic. A great brand is Nutiva’s Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
Every morning, before you brush your teeth or eat or drink anything, take a spoonful of the oil of choice and swirl it around in your mouth in whooosh-whoosh fashion, kind of gargling with it from cheek-to-cheek and through your teeth. There’s no need to exert a lot of pressure, just gently swish the oil through your mouth.
Coconut oil tends to harden at room temperature so it might be pretty solid when you put it in your mouth. It’ll soften soon enough.
Repeat every morning.
2. Charcoal brushing
This is a personal favorite and a fantastic detox for the mouth as well as a highly effective teeth whitening solution. To do this, get yourself some activated charcoal. You can opt for tablets and then grind them using a mortar and pestle or simply get them in capsules and empty the capsules for the powder. We recommend Nature Way’s Charcoal Capsules.
Once a day, when you brush, squeeze your toothpaste onto your toothbrush as normal and then coat the toothpaste with charcoal powder.
Brush your teeth as normal – your mouth will turn rather black, but don’t worry – it just looks funny, it’s not toxic or anything.