Make Your Own Cinnamon Mouthwash To Keep Bad Breath At Bay

Around these parts, there's no substituting a good rinse with Listerine in the morning, but if you prefer natural mouthwash, or just want something a little different, the folks at Tipnut have an old but good recipe for cinnamon mouthwash. All you'll need is a handful of cinnamon sticks, some water, and a container to keep your mouthwash in.

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The preparation is simple: just boil five sticks of cinnamon in a cup of water for about five minutes (the recipe calls for five sticks to a cup, but I imagine you could get away with several cups more than that.) Then pull out the cinnamon sticks and allow the water to cool. Store it in a mason jar, an old plastic bottle you can keep next to the sink, or even in a small spray bottle you can spritz your mouth with before heading into a meeting -- whatever works.

If you really want to spice up the mouthwash with some more bad breath-busting spices and herbs, hit the Tipnut link below. They have additional recipes that call for everything from cloves and cardamom to fennel seeds and parsley. I dig the cinnamon approach because cinnamon sticks have loads of uses and are worth keeping around anyway -- but let's be fair, this is no replacement for real bacteria-crushing, tongue burning mouthwash -- it's more of a breath freshener than anything else.

Have your own favourite homemade mouthwash recipe? Let us know in the comments below.

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    The problem with 'real bacteria-crushing, tongue burning mouthwash' is that the active ingredient in it is alcohol (ethanol). Studies have shown that habitual or daily use of alcohol-based mouthwashes is a risk factor for mouth and throat cancer (doi:10.1111/j.1834-7819.2008.00070.x). Because the bacteria on your teeth grow as a biofilm, which is very difficult for chemical substances to penetrate, antibacterial agents are not particularly effective at killing them. This means brushing and flossing is the first line of defence; the real purpose of any mouthwash is to make your breath smell better, IMHO ;) I will definitely be trying this one, it sounds really nice!

    Oh this sounds good. Google the benefits of cinnamon for managing blood sugar levels.. With scientific backup! Suggest swallowing after the rinse.

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