Bad breath or halitosis is a very common problem to many of us. Poor oral hygiene, dry mouth, gum diseases, eating food with a strong odor, sinus conditions, build up of bacteria in your mouth (between teeth or tongue), stress are the causes of bad breath.


In studies, the extracts found in cinnamon were shown to be protective against bacteria living in the oral microflora that could cause bad breath, tooth decay, cavities, or mouth infections.

The essential oil from cinnamon has been shown to be more potent than other tested plant extracts and can be used to naturally combat bacteria in the mouth, acting like a natural anti-bacterial mouthwash (1).

Because it removes oral bacteria, cinnamon has the ability to naturally remove bad breath without adding any chemicals to the body.

For this reason it has also been traditionally used as tooth powder and to treat toothaches, dental problems, oral microbiota, and mouth sores (2).

Cinnamon contains cinnamic aldehyde which cures bad breath and reduces the bacteria in saliva.

Method 1:

  • Add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder in a cup of water.
  • Boil this for about 5 – 10 minutes. You may add some bay leaves and cardamom too.
  • Strain the solution and use it as a mouth rinse to refresh your breath. Repeat twice a day to get rid of bad breath (3).

Method 2:

  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, juice of 2 lemons, 1 ½ teaspoon of honey and a cup of warm water to a bottle which has tight fitting lid.
  • Shake well and keep aside for few hours.
  • Use 2 tablespoons to gargle for a minute.
  • Repeat regularly.

Honey has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which kill the bacteria and lemon has strong refreshing citrus property which reduces the bad breath problem (4).


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