Do-it-yourself Cinnamon Mouthwash that prevents Bad Breath
Chronic bad breath is officially called halitosis, and it is a problem with many causes beginning with a bad smelling snack with garlic or onions and continuing with an underlying teeth problem or an over-load of bacteria in your mouth.
And the mouthwash that you usually purchase at the store; why is it coloured in deep green or purple?
Once you take your time and read the ingredients listed on the label you will see that you are buying many chemicals, flavors, artificial coloring and all these ingredients fight against your bad breath for about half an hour.
On a long term, it might produce more damage since it also has ethyl alcohol that makes your gum lining weak.
Some inconclusive research has been made by scientists at Stanford University that connected standard mouthwash to oral cancer.
Nevertheless, if you want to have a fresh breath you might want to try a homemade mouthwash.
A homemade mouthwash is refreshing, effective, and inexpensive, you know all the ingredients in it and it doesn't have a toxic color.
Ingredients: Cinnamon powder, baking soda, which is optional, honey and lemon juice.
Why add cinnamon: If mint tends to simply mask the bad smell, cinnamon gets rid of it by killing the bacteria that is causing the problem.
A study conducted by the International Association for Dental Research shows that people who chew cinnamon gum had a decrease of 50% of oral bacteria in comparison to the people who didn't use it.
Why add baking soda: Baking soda helps to whiten the teeth plus it also takes out the nasty bacteria.
Why add lemon juice: If you have a bad case of nasty breath lemon juice with its fresh citrus scent will help do the trick.
Why add honey: Honey gives a better taste to everything besides it also has antibacterial properties.
You should get Manuka honey if possible.
This honey is from New Zealand, and it happens to have 127 times the amount of methylglyoxal than acacia honey (the sweet stuff you currently use).
Methylglyoxal is an organic compound that annihilates the germs and bacteria that causes bad breath.
It is strongly recommended that you purchase only natural and untreated honey.
What you need:
-1 1/2 teaspoons of honey
-1 cup of warm water
-1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon-1 teaspoon baking soda
-A container with a tight-fitting lid
Add half teaspoon of cinnamon in a lid jar, the juice of two lemons and 1 1/2 teaspoons of honey.
If it's more suitable for you, you can add 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda instead of the honey, but both of ingredients will work if you wish so.
Add one cup of boiling water in the container and stir for a minute or so. Before every use, make sure you shake the container and then use 1-2 teaspoons for about a minute, then spit it out.