The best “mint”

First For Women - - Health -

Many pop­u­lar brands of the mints we rely on to freshen breath con­tain sugar, which bad-breath bac­te­ria feast on. For an easy low-cost al­ter­na­tive, re­pur­pose a pre­scrip­tion drug vial and fill it with car­damom pods or seeds (from your spice rack or pick up a bot­tle of your fa­vorite spice brand at the gro­cery store). Toss the vial into your purse and when­ever you need to freshen up, chew on a pod for a few min­utes, then spit it out. The spicy, cit­rusy kitchen sta­ple fresh­ens breath in­stantly and its plant com­pounds (such as ci­ne­ole) have been proven to in­hibit oral bac­te­rial strains that cause odor and cav­i­ties over time.

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