Cinnamon: its lovely scent not only suffuses your home, but also lingers on to make you smell good!
Citrus fruit: split open a ripe orange, and you’re greeted with an instant burst of refreshing fragrance, and a light spray of juice. Eat the orange, and you’ll feel your mouth feel fresh, too. What’s more, citrus fruit is more readily absorbed by the body, so you give off a pleasant scent.
Cardamom: the sweet, spicy seeds of green cardamom are a favorite ingredient in mouth fresheners. I never buy commercial packets, preferring instead to simply split open a pod and pop the seeds in my mouth. For a long time after, the mouth feels fresh. Besides, cardamom is a powerful healing spice that boosts immunity.
Fenugreek seeds: they are a wonderful aid to smelling good. They are also excellent for strengthening bone health. Soak them overnight in clean water, and munch on them in the morning. At first, they taste slightly bitter, but as you chew, the flavor sweetens and feels wonderful in your mouth.
Milk: tone down the strong odor of garlic by adding milk to your menu. Low-fat or whole fat, either version of milk improves the way you smell.
Jasmine tea: if you’ve been in a lift with someone who has just had coffee, you know what that smells like. A cup of pleasant, floral jasmine tea, on the other hand, leaves you smelling good. If you drink herbal tea often, your digestive system works better, which in turn helps your body smell good.
In general, avoid red meat, which are proven to cause unpleasant body odor. A plant-based diet consisting of fresh produce, whole grains, sprouts, nuts and seeds cleanses you from within and keeps you smelling fresh. (Leesa recommends choosing organic when possible!)
By Shubhra Krishan
Shubhra Krishan, Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman’s book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).