Oral Disorders! These 9 Natural Remedies Can Help You

Several factors can cause mouth odor, including oral hygiene and diet; Dealing with halitosis is in many cases a matter of habits: change your own.

The breath of a person tells us many things, from your type of diet to the way you brush your teeth. Many are aware of the foods that cause bad breath, garlic, onions, strong condiments, alcohol, tobacco, etc., and we can avoid them from time to time; however, dealing with a constant halitosis is a matter of changing many habits.

Here are some actions you can take if you want to get rid of bad breath permanently, naturally and in tune with your body:

Fresh herbs: Parsley is one of the best-known remedies for bad breath, but there are other fresh herbs (cilantro, peppermint, tarragon, rosemary) that can also help you with bad breath. You can chew them or make an infusion and drink it.

Yogurt: If it does not contain high levels of refined sugar, yogurt can help fight bad breath. Read the label to make sure your yogurt has active cultures. Vitamin D in yogurt creates an environment that does not allow bacteria to develop.

Apples, celery, and other crunchy foods: If chewing crunching, it can help you fight bad breath. These foods produce more saliva which contributes to your oral health.

Ginger: As a remedy, ginger is usually used to help with stomach and viral problems, however when mixed with a little lemon and warm water you will have a completely natural toothpaste. 

Pepper, papaya and other foods with Vitamin C: This vitamin fights bacteria that grow in your mouth, and also prevent gum problems and gingivitis. Instead of taking a vitamin supplement, try eating strawberries, papayas, and peppers regularly.

Green Tea: We all know and hate the breath we have left after drinking coffee. On the contrary, green tea prevents bad breath and has many other benefits for your health.

Fennel seeds: Generally they are known for their digestive properties; however they are ideal for dealing with halitosis because they neutralize unpleasant odors.

Water: Simply by drinking water you are already cleaning your mouth and improving your digestion. Rinse your mouth with water alone will help get rid of bacteria that cause bad breath.

Remember that you should brush your teeth and floss after every meal, always drink plenty of water and avoid foods with a lot of refined sugar.

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Nature’s Smile Mouthwash for Receding Gums is a powerful, fluoride-free formula that harnesses the power of herbs such as Oak, Silver Fir, Pine tree carotene extract, Chamomile, Yarrow, Saint John’s Wort, Greater Celandine, and Nettle to naturally support oral health and fight bad breath Keeps your teeth and gums healthy.

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Last night a friend and I went to Leaves and Roots, an amazing herb store in East Orlando that carries around 300 herbs. Yeah, they are legit. If you’re into natural health, you have to visit Leaves & Roots and embrace your inner hippie, because you will walk away learning something every time. Especially your first visit, where you can take the opportunity to talk with some of the resident herbalists that run the store.

Aside from hundreds of herbs, the diverse store also features essential oils, teas and tea blends, spices, aromatherapy supplies, natural body care products, books, and a herbal research room. With herbalists available to answer questions and provide guidance, you can bring a piece of paper with any questions or jot down any health conditions you have, any health factors you’d like to improve, maybe injuries you’d like to relieve, or even genetic health risk factors that run in your family you’d like to take preventative measures against.

I particularly love their unique herbal blends, which are offered in clear capsule pill form or in powder form (so you can mix with liquid or put into capsule pills yourself). The blends are named after the condition or area of the body they will help, such as Allergy Mix, Brain Mix, Candida Mix, Chill Pill, Cramp Mix, Digestion Mix, Energy Mix, Greens Mix, Immune Mix, Thyroid Mix and many more.

They also feature a wide selection of Orenda Herbal products, some of the best and most effective natural body care products I’ve ever tried! I especially love their skin care products, natural first aid, relaxation products and their yoga mat cleaner that comes in a convenient spray bottle.

If you can’t make it to the store just yet, you can browse their selection and place orders through their comprehensive website. Homegrown Co-Op’s online market also features herbs from Leaves & Roots in their dried herbs section (delivery is available through the co-op), and the Homegrown Farm Store on Orange Avenue near Florida Hospital also carries more than 200 herbs and herbal blends from Leaves & Roots.

Make sure to check out their Facebook page for updates on events and herbal resources, and feel free to shoot them a question!

Yogi Herbal Tip: Try Leaves & Roots’ tea blend made specially for yoga lovers! You can give their Yogi Tea blend a try for as low as $2.50 for one ounce.

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I fulfilled that daydream today and have plenty of delicious leftovers to enjoy throughout the upcoming week. Stew is easy to reheat in a work environment and the comforting taste makes any office cube feel like home.

Vegan Beef Stew

Prp:10 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours slow cook

Serves: 10


1 package Gardein Beefless Tips

2 cans vegetable broth

4 small potatoes (purple and yukon gold pictured above)

2 large carrots

3 stalks celery

1/2 large onion

2-3 cloves garlic

1/8 pepper and dash of salt

Herbs to taste (I used basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme & cayenne)

Prep & Slow Cook

Chop garlic and onion and simmer in olive oil for a few minutes before adding to the slow cooker. While that simmers, chop the vegetables and potatoes to desired thickness. Toss the chopped and simmered veggies into the slow cooker, then add the herbs and the two cans of vegetable broth. Add the Gardein Beefless Tips and stir ingredients together. Cook for 3 hours on high in a slow cooker, stirring occasionally.

Serve hot with any of the following: barley, brown rice, quinoa or warm bread.

Pardon the grainy images, my camera is MIA, so iPhone pics will have to suffice for now!

Here’s an update image of the stew after sitting overnight. It thickens up and the flavor is enhanced. It can be served thick, or thinned out a little with veggie broth or water since the flavor becomes more pronounced overnight.



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Cooking Tip: Use some of the herbs when simmering the garlic and onion to enhance flavor.

Vegan Tip: Serve with warm sourdough or French bread and Smart Balance Organic Whipped Buttery Spread, the best vegan butter around!

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That’s right! October is National Vegetarian Awareness Month! Shoot, the whole world is spreading vegetarian awareness this month. October 1 was World Vegetarian Day and many countries around the globe are celebrating World Vegetarian Awareness Month. Soy product sales are likely up, yogis around the globe are speaking up about their dietary choices, and some people may be fed up with hearing about the health benefits of vegetarianism already, but the truth remains: reducing meat consumption is good for your health.

Started by the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS), World Vegetarian Day was founded in 1977 and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union the next year. The movement’s informative website offers all kinds of resources for those interested in participating or spreading the word about vegetarianism, such as:

Free Awareness Poster (you can download it and print or order it)

Tips on how non-vegetarians can participate

Tips to spread awareness

Outreach Materials for $1 or less

Tell NAVS how you plan to participate to enter a contest!

Pledge to go vegetarian for a day, week or month and you could win up to $1000!

Will, there’s some decent incentive to give vegetarian meals a shot!

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I gave vegetarianism a full shot in 2003 and loved the results. I stuck with the vegetarian diet for eight years before I added some fish back into my diet about a year ago, which makes me a pescatarian. I largely opt for wild and sustainably-caught seafood (especially local), because I do not want to support the fish farms and their unethical practices.

I usually have seafood about once every 7 to 10 days and often go weeks without eating fish, or will have it more often when traveling to coastal areas. Sometimes I have no desire to think about eating seafood at all, which makes me wonder how long I’ll be a pescatarian, or if I’ll go back and forth from full vegetarian to occasional pescatarian. My diet is largely vegetarian meals (probably around 95% on monthly average), and my body still feels the great effects of vegetarian eating.

Amy’s Organics frozen meals are amazing! This “Southern Dinner” has become a recent vegetarian favorite of mine!

Benefits of Vegetarian Meals

Aside from health effects like increased energy and metabolic rate, quicker healing and recovery time from injuries, improved skin and hair, and drastically reduced risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, vegetarianism is practically giving your Mother Earth the most influential, profound and soulful gift you could ever give.

Even if you never plan to give up meat, you can reduce your consumption and you will feel some of the health effects – most noticeably improved digestion and increased energy. And you can choose ethically-raised, organic, free-range meats. Hell, you can even support Florida’s local organic farmers by purchasing your meats through the fabulous Homegrown Co-Op, the most amazing local co-op that offers an extensive online market with delivery, pickup, and a Farm Store open Wednesday through Sunday on Orange Avenue near the Florida Hospital.

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Maybe you could give Meatless Mondays a chance; that movement is making headway in private and public kitchens across the country and the world! Even Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios is offering Meatless Monday food options in the cafeteria and she encouraged her talk show audience to give the meat-free day a try. Who doesn’t heed Oprah’s advice these days???

Well, little Ziggers isn’t able to fully heed Oprah’s advice, he can’t participate in Meatless Mondays since meat is fundamental to his kitty diet. Sorry, Oprah, Ziggy still has mad respect though!

I have to disobey Oprah? I don’t know how I feel about this right meow.

But he would love to eat more banana chips and watermelon throughout the month of October!

Here are 31 vegetarian recipes to help you celebrate National Vegetarian Awareness Month!

Motivational Stats: Vegetarians have about half the risk of developing cancer, between a 24% and 60% less mortality from heart disease, 70% lower risk of stroke, and 25% lower cholesterol after only two weeks of vegetarian eating. How ’bout dem apples?

it’s about that time of year when we all start to crave warm comfort foods like soups, baguettes, roasted marshmallows and hot chocolate. When I recently purchased Gardein’s Home Style Beefless Tips at Whole Foods, I began daydreaming of a hearty and flavorful stew served with barley or quinoa, or even warm French bread.