Run Out of Mints? Fill your Tin Can with Cloves! {Health Tip}

Cloves Whole for Fresh Breath

Do you usually carry a tin can filled with mints in your pocket to freshen your breath when needed?  Next time you run out of mints save your tin can and head to the spice section at the food store to get some whole Cloves.

Cloves are dried unopened flower buds of the tropical clove tree. They have a strongly aromatic, sweetly pungent flavour and they are know for promoting digestion, treating flatulence, nausea, vomiting and of course getting rid of bad breath naturally.

Cloves instead of Mints for Fresh Breath

If you want to use them to freshen your breath just place a clove in your mouth and park it between your cheek and teeth. Try to chew it lightly for a minute or two and park it back in your cheek. Some people make a clove last almost an entire day in their mouths but I am usually done with it after about 10-30 minutes.

You can use Google to find some more information on Cloves and their known health benefits.  Clove surely beats sugary mints or aspartame filled gum.

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43 responses to “Run Out of Mints? Fill your Tin Can with Cloves! {Health Tip}”

  1. Olivia Matthews — March 23, 2013 @ 6:04 pm (#)

    Awesome idea! <3 Didn't know you could use cloves to freshen your breath.

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  2. Anne Taylor — March 24, 2013 @ 8:58 am (#)

    This is brilliant! I’ve heard of cloves health benefits before but would have not thought to do this! I’m filling up a tin this morning and throwing it in my bag! Thanks

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  3. mamaonthego — March 24, 2013 @ 1:18 pm (#)

    Super cool tip! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Bekah Kuczenski — March 24, 2013 @ 1:20 pm (#)

    Hmmm I don’tknow, how does a clove taste? They definitely have a lot if health benefits so Id be willing to try them 🙂

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    • Angela V — March 24th, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

      Like cinnamon, but not so hot. Like nutmeg, but stronger. Not bad really 🙂 Remember you are not really chewing them all but mostly sucking on them, when you are done with them you can discard them.

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  5. Michelle Chow — March 24, 2013 @ 3:08 pm (#)

    Hello, OSM. Great article. So many health benefits. Who knew? I will definitely try this out. Thank you for the great tip, One Smiley Monkey.

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  6. Heather Diotte — March 27, 2013 @ 5:35 am (#)

    Awesome tip! I’ve heard that cloves have so many great uses, but I never thought about it for freshening breath! Sweet, thank you!

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  7. The Kautt sisters — March 29, 2013 @ 9:05 am (#)

    That’s a brilliant idea! Thanks!!

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  8. sarah b — March 31, 2013 @ 6:54 am (#)

    i would love to try this! hopefully the taste isn’t too strong

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  9. tennille — March 31, 2013 @ 8:27 pm (#)

    Interesting, I might have to give this a try, I love the smell of cloves when I am baking.

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  10. S — April 8, 2013 @ 10:53 am (#)

    Do they taste bad?

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    • Angela V — April 8th, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

      Not at all! You should try one 😉

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  11. Robin Wilson — May 6, 2013 @ 8:39 pm (#)

    My grandmother used cloves as breath fresheners! I remember her purse always smelled of them and this brings back great memories. I cannot remember what it is called but there used to be a clove gum. I will def be throwing some in my purse. No artificial sweeteners either!!

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  12. Erika B — May 26, 2013 @ 8:08 am (#)

    That is so neat! Never knew cloves could do that in place of mints, I am going to have to try this! Sharing with friends and family!

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  13. Vesper — July 14, 2013 @ 8:15 am (#)

    also suppose to be good to ease a toothache

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  14. Elizabeth K — July 15, 2013 @ 12:17 pm (#)

    Great tip, I didn’t know cloves were good for so many things

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  15. sarah sar — July 24, 2013 @ 7:07 pm (#)

    I love the smell of cloves. I use it in cooking and baking but never thought to use it in place of breath mints. Thanks for sharing…I will try this out.

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  16. mrdisco — August 1, 2013 @ 9:55 am (#)

    that’s a clever idea

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  17. Jeannie — August 15, 2013 @ 7:11 am (#)

    Cloves? Really? Wow, never thought of that!

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  18. fleur — September 26, 2013 @ 9:05 am (#)

    What a very surprising tip. I remember the dentist using some in his products a long time ago. Thanks for sharing !

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  19. amy lovell — October 27, 2013 @ 8:45 am (#)

    What a great idea! Where do you find whole cloves?

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    • Angela V — October 27th, 2013 @ 10:40 am

      I got a bag of them in the condiment aisle at SuperStore

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  20. Rhonda W G. — November 26, 2013 @ 6:23 am (#)

    OK,,,,I’m so going to try this and google cloves…lol. I always have them on hand for my baked ham.

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  21. Rajbinder Kaur — February 7, 2014 @ 6:47 am (#)

    Ah yes, parents have been using these for years! Perfect for when you have garlic breath! We use them on a daily basis in our chai tea as well!

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  22. Elva Roberts — February 21, 2014 @ 4:46 pm (#)

    One of the benefits of entering Blog contests is that I am always learning something new and usually interesting. I didn’t know that Cloves could be used in this way and I am fascinated to sample some and see their benefits for myself. Thank you for this excellent bit of information.

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  23. loriag — February 23, 2014 @ 8:06 am (#)

    Sorry I just can’t do it. Cloves are one of the spices I just can’t handle. I hope the others get more out of it than I would.

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  24. addibrae — March 13, 2014 @ 2:53 pm (#)

    This is interesting. I’ve never heard of chewing cloves before.

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  25. Darlene W — April 17, 2014 @ 6:25 pm (#)

    Imagine that! Cloves to freshen your breath, Looking forward to trying this one.

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  26. Tina F — May 21, 2014 @ 4:20 pm (#)

    wow how cool I have never heard of this before..time to do a test

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  27. ellen beck — June 18, 2014 @ 11:00 pm (#)

    I remember my Grandpa doing this. They have a but of a bitter taste but it isnt bad att al.

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  28. Jon T — July 13, 2014 @ 10:32 am (#)

    I did not know about the health benefits!

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  29. DARLENE W — September 16, 2014 @ 5:49 pm (#)

    When I next buy cloves I am going to give this a try

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  30. TreenGoodwin — September 22, 2014 @ 10:04 am (#)

    wow never knew this , its a great idea thanks so much for sharing , who knew they were used for these reason so cool 🙂

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  31. Anna W — October 5, 2014 @ 10:39 am (#)

    What a neat idea, I am always up for trying new things especially if they are all natural. Thank you.

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  32. Dana — January 26, 2015 @ 5:38 pm (#)

    This is great–especially because I hate bad breath, but mints and gum always give me stomach aches! The cloves not only have no sugar or artificial sweeteners, they actually relieve stomach aches!

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  33. kathy downey — February 12, 2015 @ 7:13 am (#)

    I love cloves use it for baking and its so good in BBQ sauces…fresh breathe is a bonus for sure

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  34. kathy downey — February 25, 2015 @ 7:26 am (#)

    I have been chewing it and enjoy it very much

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  35. kathy downey — May 7, 2015 @ 9:35 am (#)

    It actually tastes rather good

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  36. kathy downey — May 9, 2015 @ 1:59 pm (#)

    Thanks this is perfect

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  37. kathy downey — September 26, 2015 @ 1:54 pm (#)

    My friends thought i was silly carrying these little treats around till they tried them

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  38. Elva Roberts — October 12, 2015 @ 4:50 pm (#)

    I think this is a great idea. I am going to try it as I usually use mouthwash. I do think whole cloves would be better. Thank you for the idea.

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  39. A — November 21, 2015 @ 7:56 am (#)

    A guy called Pliny the Elder, from around 20 AD, wrote that in 300 BC cloves were already being used for bad breath.

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  40. kathy downey — March 4, 2016 @ 11:23 am (#)

    So many health benefits,thanks for sharing with us !!

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