A simple but embarrassing problem is bad breath. While it is important to find the cause for bad breath and address the root cause, it is also essential that you fight the odor till then. There are many over the counter mouthwash (s) available in the market. They may help you fight bad odor but sometimes, you might discomfort because of the chemicals used in it. Some complain about cavity in the long run because of the chemicals in it.

So what could be the ideal solution? Natural homemade mouthwash that can fight bad breath and also treat the cause of bad breath. Homemade mouthwash can be made with ingredients that are available at home and is completely natural. (1)

Nutrition facts

Cardamom contains good amount of riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, sodium, potassium, calcium, iron, copper, manganese, magnesium, zinc, phosphorous, vitamin A and C. They also contain protein, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and energy. The highlight is that it is cholesterol free.

Homemade mouthwash to fight bad breath – DIY

  • 2 pods Cardamom
  • 150 ml Warm water
  1. Take drinking water and a couple of green cardamom pods.
  2. Take the cardamom pods in a mortar for crushing.
  3. Crush well with a pestle.
  4. Crush such that the seeds are out. You can also crush the seeds a bit.
  5. Place the crushed pods in a glass.
  6. Pour 150 ml of warm water over the crushed spice.
  7. Allow it to steep for 10 -15 minutes so the water fully absorbs the flavour of cardamom.

Directions for use:

  1. Take a mouthful of the mouthwash and gargle well for a few minutes.
  2. Spit it out.

You can use this mouthwash 2  – 3 times a day to fight bad breath naturally.

Cardamom – Names in other languages

  • Scientific name – Elettaria Cardamomum Maton
  • English – Cardamom
  • Hindi – Choti Elaichi
  • Sanskrit – Ela
  • Malayalam – Elakkaya
  • Bengali – Elach
  • Tamil – Elakkai
  • Kannada – Yalakki
  • Telugu – Yalakulu

Origin and history of Cardamom

It is one of the popular spices that is used in many culinary dishes all around the world. It has a unique fragrance and adds flavor to the food. The origin of cardamom is India and nearby countries – Nepal and Bhutan. Though they are cultivated in many other places now, they were once cultivated only in the above mentioned 3 countries.

It can be ideally cultivated in tropical climate and needs utmost care for good quality. It is one of the expensive spices and provides plenty of health benefits. There are basically few types of cardamom that the Spice board in India approves and recognizes. They are: Vazhukka, Njallani, Malabar and Mysore.

Cardamom has been in use since ancient times for its medicinal benefits. Ayurveda and Sidha natural medicines practices have been using Cardamom for their medicinal properties and still continues to use it. Even our ancestors, use it to treat many simple health issues right at home.

This DIY recipe explains how to use cardamom to fight bad breath and treat the cause of it too. Now let us look into the health benefits that can be obtained by regular use of cardamom.

Causes of bad breath

There are many reasons that cause bad breath. Many of them are listed below.

  • Dryness in mouth
  • Medications
  • Tobacco
  • Smoking
  • Bacterial infections
  • Inflammation in gums
  • Cavities in the teeth
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Poor diet

Health benefits of cardamom

Protects heart health

The nutrients in cardamom help to reduce the cholesterol levels in the body and protects the health if heart. It also prevents cholesterol deposit in the arteries. It is also found to reduce hypertension, hence, protects the heart.

Anti-microbial by nature

Cardamom has the capacity to fight infections and prevent further infections. This is an ideal property to treat and cure of there are any infections in the gums. Infection in the gums is one of the reasons for bad breath.


The natural anti-inflammatory property in it helps to treat and cure any inflammation in the gums. This property helps to reduce inflammation and also soothe if there is any in the gums/teeth.

Flushes toxins

When cardamom is consumed regularly or used externally, it helps to remove toxins from the body. It also protects the body at the cellular level and heals internal cell damage.

Boosts blood circulation

It increases the blood circulation and improves the function of lungs too. It can be used to treat asthma, bronchitis and any other breathing related issues.

Removes nausea

The unique fragrance helps to treat nausea and vomiting. When you don’t feel so good or if you have motion sickness, just chewing a piece of cardamom can help you get better. Drinking cardamom tea or water infused with cardamom will also help you.

Mouth freshener

Apart from treating infections in the gums and teeth, it can also work like a mouth freshener. Chewing a cardamom or holding it in your mouth, can help you get rid of bad breath temporarily. The oil extracted form cardamom is an ingredient used in chewing gums and mouth refreshing mints.

Other health benefits of cardamom are:

As a word of caution, this homemade natural mouthwash doesn’t burn and also feels fresh. If you have any allergies with spices, use it in minimal level to check if you are allergic or not.

Follow the step by step instructions in the recipe to prepare the mouthwash and use it regularly for better results.

Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.