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11 Natural Remedies for Canker Sores

Woman spraying breath freshenerCanker sores are mouth ulcers that can occur on the inside of the mouth and can be very painful. It is possible that the sores are caused by tissue injury of some sort such as accidentally biting the inside of the cheek or lip or the use of dental appliances such as braces of ill-fitting dentures. In some cases, certain citric or acidic foods can also trigger canker sores.

The sore typically starts off as a red patch of skin that becomes progressively inflamed and develops a yellowish or white spot in the middle. The pain from the canker sore usually abates in a few days and the ulcer can heal without treatment in a week or so. However, since the spot does become very sensitive and painful, you can try some natural remedies to find relief from the discomfort of canker sores.

1. Make an At-Home Numbing Spray

Treat your canker sores with a DIY numbing spray by using a blend of essential oils. It is known that both eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils possess anti-inflammatory properties and can also act as anti-microbial agents that can lessen the risk of infection. In addition, both these oils have cooling properties that can numb the affected area for temporary relief from pain.

To make the spray, use 10 drops of peppermint essential oil and 8 drops of eucalyptus essential oil mixed with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Pour the mixed oils in a glass mister bottle, shake and spray onto the affected area.

2. Moist Tea Bags

Used tea bags contain tannic acid that acts as an astringent to help reduce pain and inflammation associated with canker sores. To use, place used tea bag in the refrigerator for a while and then press and hold over the canker sore for a few minutes. Repeat a couple of times daily for quick relief from canker sore pain.

As an alternative use chamomile tea bags in the same manner. Chamomile possess relaxing properties and can help reduce inflammation. Both these properties can also help reduce the pain of canker sores when applied to the affected area.

3. Rinse with Sage

Sage has healing and calming properties that are often used in homeopathic medicine. To make a rinse, take three teaspoons of sage leaves and add to two cups of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes and then allow the mixture to cool completely. Remove the leaves and use the liquid as a mouth rinse multiple times a day.

You can also use the removed sage leaves by pounding them into a pulp and then placing them directly over the sore for about 5 minutes. Rinse with plain cold water.