June 27, 2008, Newsletter Issue #167: Herbal Breath Fresheners

Tip of the Week

In the Middle East, soft herbs like peppermint, coriander and parsley are often served between courses to cleanse the palate or at the end of a meal as an inexpensive, efficient breath freshener.

There are plenty of commercial breath fresheners, mouthwashes and toothpastes on the market, but it is very easy to devise your own mixture using the contents of your garden or spice cupboard. You can mix it to your liking and it will be fresh and tasty as well as effective.

Any sweet tasting herbs can be used to freshen the breath, so choose the taste you like the best:

· For a ‘quick fix’ keep cardamom seeds handy. When required chew them for a while before discarding. You can also add cardamom seeds to herbal teas.
· Steep a mixture of fresh mint, lemon balm, rosemary, and a little cinnamon in a cup of boiling water. This tea can be drunk at the end of a meal or used as a mouthwash when cool.
· Experiment with ginger, fennel seeds, or anise. Each can be turned into an herbal tea or can be used as a mouthwash.
· Parsley is an excellent breath freshener and can even banish the smell of garlic! Chew a sprig of fresh parsley at the end of a meal or whenever you want a fresh tasting mouth.

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