7 Effective Ways to Treat Bad Breath (Halitosis) Naturally

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7 Ways to Treat Bad Breath Naturally

In this article I am going to share with you ways to treat bad breath naturally. Bad breath occurs when noticeably unpleasant odors are exhaled in breathing. It is estimated to be the third most frequent reason for seeking dental aid, following tooth decay and periodontal disease.

If your bad breath is a result of a gum disease, go to see your dentist. Gum disease is a common cause of bad breath and a dentist will be able to advise a suitable treatment. You can also read my article how to treat gum infection (gingivitis) naturally.

The intensity of bad breath differs during the day due to eating certain foods (such as garlic, onions, meat, fish, and cheese), smoking, and alcohol consumption. Also since the mouth is exposed to less oxygen and is inactive during the night, the odor is usually worse upon awakening.

The most common location for mouth related bad breath is the tongue. Tongue bacteria produce compounds and fatty acids, and accounts for 80 to 90% of all cases of mouth-related bad breath.

However a great deal of bad breath originates in the gut due to poor digestion.

(if you want to improve your digestion read my other articles:

Common Causes of Bad Breath

1. Food – this is the main source of bad breath, especially foods, such as garlic, onions, meat, fish and cheese. Also foods can get stuck between the teeth, causing the growth of bacteria which causes bad breath odor.

2. Dry mouth – dry mouth (xerostomia) can also cause bad breath because the body doesn’t produce enough saliva which helps to cleanse the mouth.

3. Smoking  – the chemicals that remain in the mouth can cause bad breath.

4. Dental issues – such as gum disease, cavities or plaque buildup.

5. Health problems – such as sinus infections, throat infections, acid reflux, liver and kidney diseases, stomach problems, alcoholism and more.

6. Medications – some medications can cause dry mouth which can cause bad breath.


7. Tonsil stones – the presence of tonsil stones increases the likelihood of bad breath.

How to Treat Bad Breath

The treatment of bad breath depends on the cause, but there are ways to eliminate or mask bad breath while the source of the problem is being treated. In any case of taking supplements, make sure to consult with your doctor first:

1. Digestive Enzymes

When you have poor digestion, consume digestive enzymes (like this one). Digestive enzymes that contain hydrochloric acid (HCl) are highly recommended. Low stomach acid causes symptoms like bad breath, bloating, gas and fatigue.

2. Probiotic Supplement 

Gut health also depends on the proper balance of bacteria. In this case a good probiotic supplement, acidophilus and/or bifidus, is a great idea. The recommended dosage is 1 or 2 capsules, three times a day or as directed. You can also take the powdered form with water. Find here 9 reasons to take probiotics and why it’s so good for you.


3. A diet for bad breath 

If there is no balance between the “good” and the “bad” bacteria in the gut, it can cause bad breath. In this case oil of oregano capsules are a good idea to kill the “bad” bacteria. It is advised to take 2 capsules, three times a day.

Since the “bad” bacteria live on sugar, you can have a diet that eliminates sugar, bread, pasta, rice, cereal or even fruit for a couple of weeks. Instead, consume protein, vegetables and good fats such as olive oil.

More fiber in your diet is also a good idea to eliminate toxins from the body. The more whole foods you consume in your diet, the better, as processed foods are high in bad fats and sugar that can contribute to digestive problems and bad breath.

4. Charcoal


Another great supplement for reducing bad breath and toxins in the gut is activated charcoal. It is recommended to take charcoal tablets between meals with plenty of water, and not at the same time as nutritional supplements or medications, as it may interfere with their absorption.

You can read more about activated charcoal in my article “The Best Activated Charcoal Uses and Health Benefits“.

5. Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll acts as an active ingredient to eliminate mouth odors. Clorets gum is a line of chewing gum and mints generally contains Actizol, a proprietary ingredient that has chlorophyll within it.

Some practitioners recommend taking a few chlorophyll capsules or tablets on an empty stomach to eliminate gut toxins and support gut health. There are also “green drinks” (like this one) found in health food supermarkets which contain chlorophyll containing grasses.

Read more about chlorophyll in my article how to detoxify your body using chlorophyll.

6. Chewing herbs 

Parsley is very high in chlorophyll. Chewing parsley or mint leaves is a natural cure for bad breath. Chewing these herbs is especially beneficial after eating garlic or onions. Parsley and mint seem to reduce the production of gas in your gut and promote better digestion.

Also herbs like coriander, ginger, cumin and fennel are helpful and chewing them freshens your breath.

7. Peelu 

Peelu is a tree whose fibers contain minerals that help oral hygiene and prevent gum bleeding. It also has agents that kill germs and a natural scent that refreshes breath. There are products that contain peelu as dental fibers, toothpaste or chewing gums.

Don’t forget while you brush your teeth to also brush your tongue, and floss afterwards. You can also use mouthwash if you want. Keep your mouth moist by drinking water and chewing stevia based gum to stimulate the production of saliva.

Have a fresh breath!

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25 Responses to 7 Effective Ways to Treat Bad Breath (Halitosis) Naturally

  1. G.Mustafa says:

    like the herb remedies

  2. Dental Implant says:

    Bad breath is very embarrassing issue. I tried various types of mouthwash but did not help for long. These tips helped me a lot to get rid of the embarrassing thing. Applying the fourth point that is, using Charcoal tablets remarkable reduced the problem. Thanks a lot! Bookmarked!!

    • lina says:

      What is charcoal tablet?

      • Jenny says:

        Hi Lina, activated charcoal is similar to common charcoal, but is made especially for use as a medicine. Activated charcoal is good at trapping chemicals and prevents their absorption. It can bind to some of the odor-producing sulfur compounds in foods and fluids and remove them from your body.

  3. Jenny says:

    Periodontal disease is the leading cause of bad breath (also the main reason why people need to extract their teeth and wear dentures). So brush 2-3 times a day, floss every day and see your dentist. If the bad breath is not dental in origin, then see an ENT. Herbs work well ONLY if there is no underlying condition (periodontitis for example) that requires proper treatment. 🙂

  4. cure bad breath says:

    Volatile Sulphur Compounds bacteria is what causes bad breath, you can cure bad breath by getting “Lactobacillus bulgaricus” and “Streptococcus thermophilus” which are found in plain yogurts.

  5. Mark Barron says:

    I understand that Bad breath can be the 1st symptom of dehydration, drinking enough water & possibly rehydrated can often lessen bad breath.

  6. pratibha says:

    Where we get charcoal tablet?

  7. Abdul Aziz says:


    • Jenny Hills says:

      It might be a good idea to visit your dentist so he/she can have a look and see if you have a gum disease. Many times gum disease is a cause for bad breath, so your dentist will be able to advise you what to do.

    • xabiba says:

      apple cider vinegar and manuka honey or any pure honey early morning before you eat drink it one cup warm water put 2-3 spoon apple cider and Manuka honey try this you will be cured

  8. Shayan says:

    drinking enough water & possibly rehydrated can often lessen bad breath.

  9. Carol says:

    What about tonsil stones? Any info on those and how to stop them from forming??

  10. Colleen M says:

    My daughter sufffers from bad breath. And it really bothers her which I am sure. She goes to the dentist on a regular. She has never had a cavity, she has great gums. We have tried different mouth washes and nothing helps. She works with the public and goes to school and she doesn’t want ppl to smell her bad breath. She does have acid reflux and she takes medication for that. She drinks a lot of water never any sodas. Please help me to help her into feel better about this. Thank u so very much

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Hi Coleen, it’s hard to give advice when the cause for bad breath is unknown. Perhaps the easiest solution is to chew peppermint chewing gum to stimulate the production of saliva and refresh the breath. It’s a simple but effective solution.

  11. Sohrab says:

    Hi Jenny, Thanks. Does charcoal capsule have any side effects?

  12. Cindy Roberson says:

    I have had bad breath for years and one of my sons’ asked me what to do about “Tonsil Stones” I did some research and sent him some suggestions. Years later I coughed up a tonsil stone! Turns out that was / is my problem too. Not an easy problem to cure. When all else fails look into
    Tonsil Stones!

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Indeed you are right. The presence of tonsil stones increases the likelihood of bad breath tenfold – read my article about tonsil stones HERE. I’ve added it to the list of causes of bad breath. Thank you for pointing it out!

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