Bad breath can be an embarrassing situation for anybody. Depending on the cause, in Ayurveda, there are many unique treatments.
In this tip, I will focus on the most common occurrence, which is eating or drinking something with a strong odour like garlic or alcohol. Some tips are common sense, like brushing your teeth or rinsing your mouth several times afterward eating. You can chew a small piece of lemon rind, as this will help kill the bacteria that causes bad breath. A few fennel seeds, cardamom seeds or even cloves will get rid of the odour as well.
Being able to scrape your tongue is always a good idea too, as a lot of odour-causing particles reside there. Generally speaking, a copper tongue scraper is best, especially for Kapha types.
In more chronic cases like Halitosis, there are other options depending on the root cause, be it gum disease or a buildup of ama (undigested particles which can cause blockages in your bodily channels). Ama can affect physical channels like your intestines, veins and lymphatic system, but can also affect non physical channels through which energy flows (nadis). If suffering from a chronic form of bad breath book a consultation now.
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