Peppermint Oil: Using peppermint oil on bad breath (halitosis) December 11 2013

Bad breath is clinically referred to as halitosis and is characterized by a consistent 
unpleasant breath odor. It is extremely common, and most people experience it t one 
time or another. While there are a few more serious underlying illnesses that can cause 
halitosis, such as digestive disorders, diabetes and liver disease, bad breath is often caused 
by inadequate dental hygiene and originates in the mouth. Our mouths are moist and warm 
and possess crevices that naturally house the “perfect” environment for bacteria to grow 
and thrive. Food particles feed this bacteria and this results in stinky sulfur compounds that 
cause the unpleasant odor that makes us squirm. 
Peppermint Oil (mentha arvensis) has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that make it 
a fantastic remedy for eliminating the bacteria caused by bad breath. It is frequently used 
in toothpaste and mouthwash, although in recent years, these products have become laden 
with chemicals that can decrease the effectiveness of the natural oil. In its natural form, 
peppermint oil can be highly effective in treating halitosis. Before treating bad breath with 
peppermint oil, it is a good idea to check with your dentist first to make sure there isn’t 
something more serious going on, such as gum disease or tooth decay. 
How to treat halitosis with peppermint oil:Days Island Peppermint Oil
Add 2 drops to your toothpaste before brushing. Use every time you brush your teeth to 
fight and prevent bacteria buildup.
Place 2 drops on the tongue periodically throughout the day for added maintenance. 
For a homemade mouthwash, combine 5 drops of peppermint oil with 3 drops each of tea 
tree and lemon oils in 1/8 cup water. 
Add 1-2 drops to each cup of water you drink throughout the day to maintain mouth health. 
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, 
treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any 
sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or 
aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective 
in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical 
community is there to help us when oils can't.