Natural remedies for oral ulcers
The ulcers on your gums, your tongue or even inside our cheeks or lips have a host of the possible causes- injury, allergies, stress, or infection – however, when you are suffering, you only want to know the treatments which can cure these. These home remedies bring quick pain relief while letting your canker sores to heal.
Honey has great antibacterial properties. It retains the moisture and prevents your mouth from getting dry. It also fastens the process of growth of new tissues. It is suggested that you apply raw honey on the ulcer or you can even mix it with some amla powder and gently rub on the affected area. You can also mix a pinch of turmeric with the honey. It aids in healing.
- Baking soda
You will require 1 tsp of baking soda and 1 tbsp. of water. What you need to do is mix the baking soda and the water and form a paste. Now, apply this paste on the mouth ulcers with your fingers. Let it dry for some minutes. Then rinse your mouth with water and then gargle. You can repeat this 2 times in a day. Generally, baking soda, also called as sodium bi-carbonate, is used in the house for deodorizing and cleaning. It is also an amazing home remedy for the mouth ulcers. It helps in easing the pain and quickens the healing process by neutralizing the ulcer acids. It has anti-bacterial properties which help in maintaining the oral hygiene.
- Licorice root
Licorice root can help in curing mouth ulcers as this herb works like a demulcent and makes a protective coating on mucous membrane which resists the irritation and soothes open lesions. It also consists of antimicrobial and anti- inflammatory properties. What you need to do is soak a tbsp. of crushed licorice root in 2 cups of water for 2-3 hours. Now use it as a mouth rise several times in a day. You can also take DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) extract which is available in the chewable tables form and gargle with DGL dissolved in some warm water.
- Alum powder
This is made from potassium aluminum sulfate. It is generally used for preserving food and for pickling vegetables. Alum has astringent properties which may help in shrinking the tissues and drying out canker cores. What you need to do while using it is create a paste by mixing a little mount of it with a drop of water. Now dab the past on a canker sore. Leave it on for about a minute. Then rinse your mouth properly. Repeat it every day until the canker sore is gone.
- Drinking beneficial juices
Some people find that the celery, carrot and cantaloupe juice aids in improving mouth ulcers. This has not been studied though. Juice these separately and then mix them into a smoothie for enjoying on everyday basis.
- Coconut milk
It is also a good medicine for the mouth ulcers. Extract the milk by grating a fresh coconut. Now gargle with this milk for about 3-4 times in a day.
- Icing it
You can suck on some small ice cubes for soothing canker sore and reducing the inflammation. The coldness of the ice helps in slowing down the blood flow to the canker sore and as a result reducing the swelling and the pain.
You can use a straw for drinking the liquids. Make a thin paste of the baking soda and water and apply this to your sore. You can also use a cotton swab for dabbing your sores with a liquid antacid like Mylanta or Maalox. In case the painful sores are giving you a hard time in eating easily, you should consider seeing a doctor.