The bulb of the garlic plant is used to season many dishes. It can be used in tomato sauces, beans, pickled foods, soups and salads. Once garlic is digested, it releases volatile oils into the bloodstream and sweat glands. The sulphur compounds are circulated through the lungs and the sweat glands, released later through the mouth and skin. If garlic gets trapped between the teeth and gums, bacteria will break down the food particles and cause bad breath. Depending on how much garlic is ingested, the odour may be released over several hours or several days. But there are ways to avoid the odour that often follows the consuming of garlic.
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Things you need
- Fresh parsley
- Stainless steel soap bar
- Soap containing camphor, menthol and eucalyptus
- 236ml. milk or 170gr. yoghurt
- Apples, oranges, lemons, or melons
- Lemon juice
Chew two sprigs of fresh parsley after your meal to neutralise the odour of garlic. This works immediately, but it is a temporary method. Also, use fresh parsley in one of the dishes you serve with the meal. You can take chlorophyll tablets after a meal with garlic. The chlorophyll helps neutralise the volatile oils in garlic.
Wash your hands with soap and water, then rub your hands over a stainless steel bar of soap. The steel neutralises the odour of the garlic on your hands after preparing it for a meal. In place of the steel soap, you can rub your hands on a stainless steel faucet.
Take a sauna or steam bath to promote sweating for 15 or 20 minutes. After sweating, bathe with a soap containing camphor, menthol and eucalyptus.
Drink an 236ml. glass of milk with your meal or eat 170gr. of yoghurt after the meal. The live cultures in yoghurt will prevent the bacteria from remaining in your mouth. Milk inhibits the growth of bacteria.
Wash your hands with fresh-squeezed lemon juice to neutralise the sulphur odour of garlic picked up while cooking.
Eat an apple, orange, lemon or slice of melon after eating a meal with garlic. The citric acid will keep the mouth moist with saliva, preventing the growth of bacteria that causes bad breath.
Tips and warnings
- Fresh-pressed garlic juice or garlic cloves will release sulphur compounds that take longer for the body to release completely, sometimes up to three days.
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