Home Remedies for Canker Sore

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Home Remedies for Canker Sore

Canker sore (also called as mouth ulcers or aphthous ulcers) is a yellow or white-gray center with well defined red border. It occurs usually inside the mouth like inside the lips or throat or cheek or on the tongue. Canker sores are different from cold sores as cold sores occur outside of your mouth & around the lips but canker sores occur inside the mouth and only in the inner part of your mouth. (Read the post Cold Sore Home Remedies to know more about cold sore) Although, canker sores are not contagious (Serious problem) but it hurts like dickens whenever you eat or drink but fortunately the pain will lasts in 3-4 days and the sores which occurs will disappear in about 10 days with no treatment.

Canker sores are caused by the reasons like poor diet, more stress, low immune system, vitamin deficiencies, mouth trauma & other kind of food allergies. You can find it as canker sore when you have burning sensation or tingling near the affected area, fever, swollen lymph glands etc.

Take healthy food and follow these homemade remedies to get rid of the canker sore easily.

Home Remedies for Canker Sores:

You can try these homemade natural remedies to get prevent the canker sores & its pain now and in future also.

1 Turmeric & Honey

Turmeric has antiseptic property which helps to cure the canker sores. Honey is an effective soothing agent.  Both of these when combined will definitely cures the canker sores.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of Honey
  • 1/4 Th teaspoon (quarter tsp) of turmeric powder

Process:

  1. Take 1 tsp of Honey & mix it with quarter tsp of turmeric powder
  2. Mix it well to make it like a fine paste
  3. Apply this paste on the affected area inside your mouth
  4. Leave it for few minutes & wash it off
  5. Canker sores will be removed when you follow this process regularly.
  6. This process will ease your pain & inflammation associated with the canker sores.

2 Licorice

Glycyrrhizin in Licorice root has an anti inflammatory property which can calm & soothe the affected area. It is one of the effective remedy used for the treatment of canker sores.

Process– 1:

  1. Take the extract of licorice root
  2. Apply it on your sores
  3. Doing this process will reduce ulcer size & speed up the process of healing.

Process – 2:

Ingredients:

  • Licorice root
  • Two cups of water

Process – 3:

  1. Take a teaspoon of crushed licorice root
  2. Soak it in 2 cups of water for about 2 – 3 hours
  3. Now use this solution as mouth wash / mouth rinse to get rid of the problem.

3 Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has anti inflammatory & anti bacterial properties which help to cure the canker sores by easing its pain & speed up the healing process.

Ingredient: Fresh aloe vera gel or juice

Process:

  1. Take a fresh aloe vera leaf & squeeze the gel from it
  2. Apply that gel directly on your canker sore affected part
  3. Do this for several times in a day, will prevent you from the canker sores
  4. Alternatively, you can also rinse your mouth with that fresh aloe vera juice for about 3 – 4 times a day.
  5. If fresh aloe vera gel or juice is not available for you means, you can buy it in the market.
  6. Continue this process to ward off this problem.

4 Coriander

It contains anti inflammatory, antiseptic & antifungal properties which can be used as an effective treatment for canker sores and its symptoms.

Ingredients:

  • Teaspoon of coriander seeds / few leaves
  • Cup of water

Process:

  1. Take a teaspoon of coriander seeds or few fresh leaves
  2. Boil it in a cup of water for few minutes
  3. Strain the solution
  4. Use this solution to rinse your mouth for 3 – 4 times a day
  5. Or you can drink the juice of fresh coriander leaves
  6. But be sure that you don’t swallow it at once, try to swallow it slowly by keeping it in your mouth for some time. So, that it will get touch with the affected part & gives relief from the pain & discomfort
  7. Repeating this process will helps to fend off the canker sores.

5 Tea Bags

Canker sores are treated with a used tea bag also. Tannic acid is a kind of astringent, which is a main part in the tea bags helps to prevent the inflammation & pain caused by canker sores.

Ingredient: Black or green tea bags

Process:

  1. Make a cup of tea & drink it slowly
  2. Now remove the wet tea bag & put it on the refrigerator fro few minutes
  3. After it gets chilled, take out the tea bag
  4. Place in on the canker sore by pressuring gently for about 15 – 20 minutes
  5. Or you can place the wet tea bag directly on canker sore after dipping process
  6. Place in on the sores & leave it for about 15 – 20 minutes
  7. This remedy has to be followed for 2 – 3 times a day to get rid of the canker sores

6 Tea Tree Oil

Antiseptic & antibacterial properties of tea tree oil helps to cure canker sores as there are very effective skin disinfectants.

Ingredients:

  • Tea tree oil
  • A glass of water

Process:

  1. First of all, try to know the severity of your sores
  2. According to it, mix 5 – 10 percent (or even drops) of tea tree oil in a glass of water
  3. Mix it well and make it like a solution
  4. Now use this solution as a mouthwash to rinse your mouth
  5. It will reduce the pain and helps to speed up the healing process
  6. Follow this remedy for 2 – 3 times a day until & unless your canker sores are gone away.
  7. Tea tree oil will helps to prevent the canker sores & reduces the risk of further occurrences of canker sores in future.

7 Sage

The calming property of sage can give instant relief from the pain of canker sores. It is another effective ingredient that is used to cure the canker sores.

Ingredients:

  • Three teaspoons of sage leaves
  • Two glass of boiling water

Process:

  1. Take three tsp of sage leaves & add two glass of boiling water into it.
  2. Mix it well
  3. Let it steep for about 15 minutes
  4. Let the solution cool for some time
  5. Use this to rinse your mouth for several times a day
  6. Or you can simply take the powder of sage leaves
  7. Apply it directly onto the canker sores
  8. Repeat it for several times a day to get rid of the sore problem.

8 Baking Soda

Baking soda has the property to neutralize the acidity & soothe the pain that comes from canker sores. It is an ingredient used in the treatment of canker sores.

Remedy – 1:

Ingredients:

  • Baking soda
  • Water

Process:

  1. First of see the severity of your sores
  2. Then take baking soda & add water to it
  3. Make it like a fine paste by mixing both the things
  4. Apply this paste on the affected area by using your fingers or with cotton ball
  5. Let it sit for few minutes without disturbing it.
  6. Rinse it off
  7. Or you can mix some baking soda in warm water
  8. Use this solution to rinse your mouth frequently

Remedy – 2:

Ingredients:

  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Hydrogen peroxide

Process:

  1. Mix all the ingredients & make it like a solution
  2. Use this solution to rinse your mouth for 4 – 5 times a day
  3. It is one of the effective remedy which gives relief from the pain & other related symptoms in one or two days.

Remedy – 3:

Ingredients:

  • Baking soda
  • Aloe Vera

Process:

  1. Take aloe vera juice to rinse your mouth
  2. After rinsing, take some baking soda
  3. Place it directly on the sore to get rid of the pain
  4. Process has to be repeated to prevent the canker sore.

9 Onions

Onions contains sulfur which helps in healing the canker sores & its pain.

Ingredient: Onions

Process:

  1. Take raw onions & cut it into small pieces
  2. Apply it on the affected part of the canker sores
  3. Leave it for few minutes so that the sore will absorb the onion juice
  4. Take it off
  5. Process has to be repeated for 3- 4 times a day
  6. This remedy will ease the pain & also fasten up the healing process
  7. Or you can make a paste or juice of raw organic onions
  8. Apply it directly on the affected area.

10 Cayenne Pepper

Capsaicin in Cayenne Pepper helps to numb the nerves temporarily which causes the pain & gives relief from the pain of canker sores

Process:

  1. Take a little bit of cayenne pepper
  2. Directly apply this paste on the canker sores
  3. First it will cause irritation but it is very effective in curing the canker sores & its pain.
  4. Or you can try some candies which have cayenne pepper to get relief from the canker sore pain.

11 Ice Pack

Ice has the ability to numb the things as it won’t makes the canker sores to disappear but it make you feel comfort from the pain

Process:

  1. Place an ice cube directly on the affected part of the mouth
  2. It will numb the pain
  3. Or you can take ice / cooling water to rinse your mouth frequently.
  4. Repeat it regularly to get relief from the canker sores & its pain

12 Salt Water Solution

Salt draw the fluids from the canker sores & helps to heal the sore fastly.

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoon of table salt
  • 1 cup of warm water

Process:

  1. Mix 1 tsp of salt in 1 cup of warm water
  2. Stir the solution
  3. Use it to rinse your mouth for several times, which helps to disinfect your mouth.
  4. After completing your rinse, take a pinch of salt & place it directly on the canker sores
  5. Be sure that it is somewhat painful process but it gives effective healing from the sores

13 Try your Own Remedy

Milk of Magnesia or Kaopectate contains the ingredients which coats the wet tissues like your mouth. Benadryl or Benylin contains the ingredients that act as mild topical anesthetics & antihistamines (the compound which reduces the inflammation).

Ingredients:

  • Milk of Magnesia or Kaopectate
  • Benadryl or Benylin

Process:

  1. Take the above ingredients
  2. Mix it in equal quantity
  3. Apply this on your canker sores using a cotton swab
  4. Make sure that not to sallow the stuff
  5. You can end up this anesthetizing (numbering) the reflex, which keeps the windpipe closed when you swallow.

14 Slippery Elm

The inner bark contains mucilage, which forms a thick gel like substances when mixed with water. Lozenges made with slippery elm coat the mucus membranes of your mouth; it helps to alleviate the pain and inflammation which comes from the canker sores.

Ingredients:

  • Slippery elm powder
  • Water

Process:

  1. Take a tbsp of slippery elm
  2. Add few drops of water
  3. Mix it to get it like a fine paste.
  4. Apply it on your sore
  5. Leave it for few minutes
  6. Rinse it off
  7. Or you can simply put a tea with this powdered elm and water.
  8. Use this mixture to rinse your mouth frequently.
  9. Or you can simply suck the slippery elm lozenges, which are available in the drug & health food stores

15 Alum Powder

It draws the fluids from the sore and in faster healing.

Process:

  1. Take some alum powder, which is available in super markets.
  2. Place this powder directly on the canker sores
  3. It will burn for few minutes but it helps in rapid healing.

16 Clove Oil

It helps to numb the pain which is caused by the canker sore

Process:

  1. Take few drops of clove oil
  2. Apply it on directly on the sore
  3. Leave it for few minutes
  4. Rinse it off

17 Plum Juice

Plum juice reduces the inflammation caused by the canker sores.

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 tablespoon of plum juice
  • Cotton ball

Process:

  1. Take 1-2 tbsp of plum juice
  2. Use it as mouth wash to rinse
  3. Rinse it for 2-3 minutes
  4. Or you can simply take a plum juice and cotton ball
  5. Soak the cotton ball in the plum juice
  6. Put it directly on the canker sores
  7. Leave it for few minutes
  8. Rinse it off

18 Hydrogen Peroxide

Antiseptic property of hydrogen peroxide will reduce the bacteria in your mouth and helps to heal the canker sore.

Ingredients:

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Water

Process:

  1. Take 3 percent of hydrogen peroxide and water (in equal quantities)
  2. Use this solution to rinse your mouth
  3. Or you can apply it directly on the canker sores by using a cotton ball
  4. But be sure that not to swallow, which causes the problem again.

19 Listerine

Listerine contains alcoholic nature which helps to kill the pesky little bacteria in your mouth and it also helps in drying up your canker sore to get speedy recovery from the pain & sore.

Process:

  1. Take Listerine and use it as mouthwash
  2. Rinse with it regularly to prevent the canker sores & other problems which affect your mouth.

20 Grapefruit Seed Extract

It comes from the grape fruit this contains powerful bioflavonoids and has antibacterial properties. It supports your immune system in healing the sore and prevents infection.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of grapefruit extract
  • A glass of water

Process:

  1. Take a teaspoon of grape fruit extract
  2. Mix it well in a glass of water
  3. Make it like a mouthwash
  4. Now use this to rinse your mouth
  5. Do it in couple of times per day to prevent the canker sore.

21 Goldenseal

It is one of the herbs which are used to enhance the immune function and speed up the healing process for canker sores.

Ingredients:

  • Golden tincture
  • Cotton ball

Process:

  1. Take a cotton ball & dab it with several drops of golden seal tincture
  2. Place it directly on the canker sores
  3. Leave it for about 25 minutes
  4. Continue the process for couple of times in a day
  5. Or you can use goldenseal in capsule form but tincture form will be more effective as it is easily absorbed by the body.

Tips to Prevent Canker Sore:

Tips are very effective in solving any problem. So, follow these tips which help in curing your canker sores and pain caused by it.

  1. Try for over the counter medicines & antiseptic creams, lozenges, mouthwashes at your local pharmacy to get instant relief from the pain. Products like orabase with Benzocaine, xylocaine, Aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen etc., which helps to prevent the pain & canker sores
  2. Avoid toothpaste which doesn’t contain Sodium Lauryl sulfate (SLS), a foaming agent that may contribute to re-occur.
  3. Probiotics which is used for friendly bacteria will also helpful to cure canker sores.
  4. Avoid acidic, salty & spicy foods and others food like chocolates, nuts, potato chips, pretzels, certain spices, nuts, shellfish, tomatoes, lemon, citric fruits, etc., which causes the irritation to you.
  5. Intake vitamins B, B12, B-6 B-Complex, zinc, folate (Folic acid), vitamin C in your diet
  6. Avoid food which is allergic or sensitive to you, as it can increase the pain & canker sores.
  7. Eat food which is not hot, in terms of temperature or spiciness.
  8. Use styptic pencil to treat the canker sores. Wield that toothbrush carefully to avoid irritating a canker sore before & after you have applied it.
  9. Avoid smoking & drinking alcohols which increases the problem
  10. Do some regular exercises, yoga, meditation will helps to place your mind & body in a stress less life.
  11. Include fresh fruits, vegetables, green leafy vegetables, whole grains etc., to prevent the vitamin – mineral deficiencies.
  12. Don’t chew when you are suffering with canker sores, try to talk less as well as eat less food but concentrate on fluids (fruit juices) & water for not getting dehydrated.
  13. Avoid chewing gums it causes irritation.
  14. Take Vitamin E capsule, take the extract of the oil and apply it directly on the sores which help to get rid of the pain.
  15. Eat fresh papaya fruit or you can take papaya tablets will helps to fend off the pain and sore.
  16. Apply lemon balm to ease the pain of canker sores.
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