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.
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.