Oils have been used as natural remedies to help cleanse the body, smooth your skin, and give you a much more enchanting look. Essential Oils are can do all that, and much more. Specifically in this article we’ll be looking at bad breath, but these essential oils can be used for many other uses besides just clearing up your halitosis.
We live in a day and age where many want to go back to a more ‘natural’ way of living – and essential oils can help do that. With these oils come properties of healing, and compounds that can help reverse the damage that has been done to your body.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are the concentrated oils of certain plants. Known as aromatherapy, using essential oils is one of the holistic ways to help cure your bodies physical, mental, and emotional state.
These oils get extracted typically through the process of distillation, separating the water and the oil. Collecting the oil is like collecting all the powerful properties and compounds of a plant in a small concentrated amount. It is said that a small bottle of essential rose oil (15ml) will take around 65 pounds of rose petals to make!
This oil can be collected through the plant itself, it leaves, bark, stem, fruit, root, and flower. These oils have a powerful aroma to them, as they are in essence a very concentrated dosage of the plant that the oils came from. Additionally, they may come with a more vivid and vibrant color than the original plant.
What do Essential Oils come with?
Essential Oils comes with properties that help cleanse your body of illnesses and diseases. Specifically about bad breath, and oral issues, Essential Oils help remove plaque and tarter buildup, and other food particles that get stuck between the teeth and around the gums.
These Oils have a potent smell that comes with them as well. A positive smell is something that is needed in any product that helps with bad breath. With this scent, your breath will be able to smell much better, along with your mouth feeling like it’s fresh and clean.
With anti-fungal and anti-bacterial compounds, Essential Oils also help fight the issue of bad breath by fighting directly against the bad bacteria that causes the halitosis. Using Essential Oils as your toothpaste is a great way to put those anti-bacterial properties to good use.
Additionally, some Essential Oils help stimulate the flow of saliva. Your body naturally uses saliva to help flush out toxins in your mouth and around your teeth. When your saliva is restricted in some way, or isn’t be produced, you will get what is known as dry mouth. Dry mouth is a major cause of bad breath. So, when you help relieve your body of dry mouth, you relieve your body of bad breath.
What to remember before using Essential Oils
While Essential Oils are great for the skin, and for the body, there are some things that you must remember before using them, especially as part of a mouthwash or toothpaste.
Make sure to not ingest any Essential Oil. Even though they can be organic, Essential Oils are potent in their small form, and can be harmful if they are swallowed. Also, check with your doctor before using any Essential Oils if you have any chronic health issues.
Because the Oils are in a concentrated dose, some of those Oils can cause a really bad ‘burning’ sensation when put in the mouth. So make sure to only use a drop or two and mix with water, as that will help relieve the burning sensation that you might get from using only an exclusive Essential Oil.
It is recommended that women who are pregnant or lactating should use any Essential Oils. Children and pets should be kept away from them as well. And above all, make sure you use Essential Oils that are 100% high quality therapeutic grade. Anything less than that could end up harming you, and not helping you.
1. Peppermint Oil
The Peppermint Essential Oil is probably the most well-known, because who doesn’t known about peppermint? Peppermint is in a bunch of other ingredients, like gums, breath mints, and certain foods, so it’s not wonder that it’s made into an Essential Oil.
With the power scent that comes with Peppermint, this oil is able to quickly stop foul odors coming from your mouth, and instantly change your halitosis into hallelujahs. Stimulating digestion, and helping relieve bloated-ness and constipation, Peppermint Oil is also able to help stop any bad breath you might be experiencing from your stomach.
Peppermint Oil comes with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial properties, allowing it to attack those bad bacteria producing the bad breath. With these properties, the Peppermint is also able to help fight against plaque build up, and any other tooth decay that might come your way.
2. Wintergreen Oil
Wintergreen Oil comes with anti-inflammatory properties, which gives you an Oil in the case you need to treat something different that is causing your bad breath. For example, if you teeth or gums are inflamed, and is causing you halitosis, this would be a good choice of an Oil to use.
Wintergreen Essential Oil contains a compound called methyl salicylate, which is extremely toxic. So it is vital to make sure you don’t swallow this Oil, if you are using it as a mouthwash or as toothpaste. Like Peppermint, this Oil comes with a powerful smell that comes with it, allowing you to use it to help fight against any foul odors you might have.
3. Lemon Oil
Lemon Essential Oil brings you anti-septic, anti-infection, and deodorizing properties, to help get the job done when it comes to bad breath. With these properties, Lemon Oil can help fight against tooth decay, gum disease, and a host of other issues within your mouth.
This citrus Oil helps bring about your saliva production, helping stop dry mouth, and bad breath occurring from it. With digestive juices becoming more prominent with Lemon Oil, you stomach will be able to help get rid of any odors that are within it, which can cause you to have halitosis as well.
4. Thyme Oil
Known as being able to kill 60 different kinds of bacteria, and over 16 fungi, Thyme Oil is an Essential Oil to have. With its properties, it is able to help fight and kill many of the oral health issues that you might be facing. Also, Thyme Oil comes with thymol, which is a key ingredient to stopping the bacteria that cause bad breath, tooth decay, and gingivitis.
5. Spearmint Oil
Like it’s fellow family members, like Wintermint and Peppermint, this Essential Oil is also great at fighting halitosis. Like Peppermint, Spearmint is also used in many different gums, lozenges, mouthwashes, and toothpastes. Coming with Menthol, Spearmint Oil is able to help combat your halitosis by utilizing it’s smell to overpower the halitosis you might have.
Anti-septic with its properties, Spearmint Essential Oil is also great for helping fight against any digestive issues you might be facing. This Oil is also great with your blood flow, which will allow your body to help remove toxins and other harmful bacteria from your body.
6. Clove Oil
Clove Oil could be termed as the Essential Oil that is best used to fight against bad breath. It comes with potent anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and antiviral properties, helping you fight of pretty much anything that you might be facing within your oral cavity.
Clove Oil comes with a high concentration of antioxidants, even higher than blueberries. These antioxidants can help fight against bacterial issue plaguing your teeth or gums, and can also help protect your body’s organs as well.
7. Parsley Oil
Parsley Oil comes with anti-microbial properties, that fights against the bad bacteria producing the bad breath, and also helps inhibit the growth of those bacteria as well. Parsley, like many other greens, also comes with chlorophyll, which is a natural deodorizer. The chlorophyll helps take away, and clear out your halitosis, which chewing on some Parsley can do wonders for your bad breath.
8. Eucalyptus Oil
Like those in the mint family, Eucalyptus Oil also comes with Menthol, the properties that make mint smell the way it does. Not only does this Oil have anti-septic, anti-microbial, and anti-bacterial properties that help fight against many oral diseases, it also can fight against many intestinal issues as well, including bacterial, viral, and parasitic.