A legal breath freshener

aniseSeedSmallHow many times have you been away from home and wanted a little something to freshen your breath? Got some Altoids? Better give them away – they’re illegal. Maybe some of those Listerine strips? Sorry, also illegal.

What’s a not-so-freshly-breathed person to do? Look to the east! It just so happens that Indian culture has been hip to the breath-sweetening powers of anise seed for a very long time. Remember back to when you used to go to an Indian restaurant and perhaps you’ll recall the little dish with the seeds. It probably had anise and fennel and maybe candied fennel.

Some also claim that chewing cloves will work. This I’ve not tried. I think it would make me crave pumpkin pie.

The down side is since they are a seed, they are considered advanced and not to be used until you’ve been symptom free for three months.

Until then, you’ll just have to bring a toothbrush…

U P D A T E : Grace tells me that cardamom seeds work well too. Thanks Grace!


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6 Responses to “A legal breath freshener”


  1. 1 Beth May 29, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    I like your idea for breath freshening with anise. I love licorice. I also have a dynamite recipe for legal pumpkin pie, should you get a craving.

    http://bethsblog.typepad.com/bethsblog/2007/10/pumpkin-pie-scd.html

    Glad you have found healing through the SCD.

  2. 3 Grace September 16, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Cardamom seeds work well, too!

  3. 5 Matthew Kosin November 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Can’t you just suck on the seeds then spit them out?


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