Bad breath is an embarrassing condition that also robs us of our energy and self confidence.

It is natural to experience morning breath as we wake up.  This early morning foul smell can be easily eliminated when we do our morning cleaning and grooming, but foul breath caused by other factors is a condition that needs to be addressed at once.

Various forms of mouth freshening products are sold in the market; it’s a booming business.  An estimated 14 – 25 percent of people in the United States alone suffer from chronic bad breath.  Americans are spending billions on these artificial breath fresheners which are actually toxic and can be harmful to your mouth.

The safest way to combat bad breath is to treat it naturally with herbs.

There are a lot of factors that can cause bad breath, among them are constipation, poor hydration, and diseases that affect the major organs like the liver and the lungs. But the most common causes of bad breath include dental cavities, gum diseases, eating strong smelling foods, and oral bacteria.  A person who has bad breath should carefully examine which of these factors is causing the problem.  This will allow him to arrest the problem effectively.

The most important step you should take to prevent bad breath is optimal hydration with pure water.

Some other factors that contribute in the prevention of bad breath include a diet that is rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants but low in sugar.  Fortunately, there are some herbs that contain phytonutrients that works to alkalize the saliva.  Its aroma also helps to bring a clean smell to your breath.

Some of these herbs also contain the odor-fighting chlorophyll and lots of anti-oxidants, trace minerals and electrolytes.

These are some of the most effective bad breath stopping herbs:

1. Fennel seeds

Fennel seeds are aromatic seeds which are rich in anti-oxidants that help to cleanse your intestinal system.  Its alkalizing effect on your saliva prevents the overgrowth of bad bacteria.  One plus factor about these seeds are they can be taken anywhere you go.

2. Dill, Mint and Parsley

These herbs are rich in chlorophyll and vitamins which are essential in your body’s self-cleansing system.  They also have the ability to alkalize your saliva in order to control the growth of bad bacteria in your mouth.  Moreover, these herbs also have the ability to suppress bad breath caused by eating pungent foods like garlic and onions.

3. Fresh Cloves

You can make a natural mouthwash with fresh closes steeped in warm water.  This natural anti-bacterial breath freshener is also loaded with the anti-oxidant ‘eugenol’ which contains anti-inflammatory properties.