Canker sores sound very painful and itchy, right? Pain, along with the inability to eat and talk, causes a very dreadful experience for you. Canker sores occur inside your mouth, on the inside of your cheeks, under the tongue, or under the lip in the form of lesion and ulcer. You start to feel a sensation 24 hours before the canker appears. Then a gray or a white color crater starts to appear with a red border.
Usually, canker sore stays for 1-2 weeks but there are natural remedies that you can use so that you can get rid of a canker sore easily and quickly. If even after using these remedies, you are experiencing pain then you should definitely consult your doctor. Given below is the list of natural remedies you can use to get rid of the canker sores.
Honey is considered to be good for your health. As we all know it has soothing, antiseptic as well as antibacterial properties. In this method you have to take 1 tsp of honey and apply it on your canker sore. This might be painful initially but it will reduce your inflammation and pain as time passes. Repeat this process several times a day. Alternatively, you can also use a paste of 1 tsp of honey and 1/4th tsp of turmeric powder. Apply this paste to your sore and rinse your mouth with it for few minutes. You can do this process two times in a day.
While this natural remedy might cause initial discomfort or painful sensation for your canker sore, it is a highly effective process. Regarding the ingredients also you don’t need to be worried as they will be available aplenty at the home. In this method, take 1 tsp of salt and add it to one glass of lukewarm water and make sure you mix it well. Now, rinse with this solution in your mouth and keep it in your mouth for 30 seconds before spitting it. Follow this, by taking a pinch of salt and put it in your mouth. As we have already mentioned earlier this will be very painful but in the long run, it will cause you a lot of relief. The reason for this is that the first process will disinfect your mouth while the second process will heal your canker sore. You can also repeat this process 4 – 5 times in a day.
Eating 1 cup of yogurt daily can go a long way in preventing canker sore from growing. This one is very easy as far as other remedies are concerned in this list. Studies show that there are live probiotic cultures like lactobacillus which help eradicate the bacteria that is believed to be causing the canker sore. Yogurt has this probiotic cultures in them that heal canker sore quickly.
4. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial property that will help you ease your pain and also helps in speeding up the healing process. It is a very effective natural remedy. In this method, you have to make a paste of freshly squeezed gel from Aloe Vera leaves and apply this on your canker sore. Repeat this process many times in a day. Another method you can also use it to make fresh aloe vera juice and rinse it in your mouth about 3–4 times in a day. For quick results, use 2 tablespoons of aloe vera about 3 times a day.
5. Vitamin B complex supplement
Canker sore generally occurs if your diet is low in vitamin B–12 supplement. Thus increasing supplements of vitamin B-12 in your diet can help you get rid of canker sores. Based on a study in 2017, having 1000 micrograms of Vitamin B-12 supplement daily can cause fewer canker sores. You can increase your Vitamin B-12 supplement using more milk, eggs, meat, fish, etc in your diet.
We know not everyone “loves” coriander, but we can’t help it too. It has proved to be one of the effective natural remedies over the years for many problems. As far as canker sores are concerned the reason is that it contains the antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that will help you reduce the pain and the other discomforts. For using this method, boil the water and put a handful of coriander in it. Now, when the water cools down, gargle with it. Repeat this process for at least 3-4 times a day. Instead of leaves, you can also use seeds of coriander. Take 1 tsp of this seed and add it to one cup of boiling water. When the seed settles down rinse with it for 3 – 4 times a day.
7. Baking soda
Baking soda can easily reduce your canker sore and also the inflammation around the sore. Further, it also restores the pH balance which will help you get rid of canker sore very quickly. In this method, take 1 tsp of baking soda and dissolve it in ½ cup of water. Rinse with this solution for about 15 – 30 seconds and then spit it. If you still feel the need, repeat this process after few hours.
8. Tea bags
Every morning we have tea and thus there are damp tea bags every day. In this method, we will be using these damp bags only. So, we can also say this is a best out of a waste method. For this, apply the tea damp bags on your canker sore for about 5 minutes and you will be immediately relieved of some pain.This happens because tea has a unique property that will neutralize the acids which irritates your canker sore.
9. Milk of magnesia
Milk of magnesia has an antacid property that will neutralize the acids in your mouth and thereby relieve you of some pain. Take a sip of this milk and rinse with it in your mouth (read your canker sore). Other than this, you can also take the cotton and absorb it in the milk of magnesia. Dab this cotton on your canker sore for 3 – 4 times. You can either use the milk of magnesia alone or mix it with 1 tsp of Benedryl liquid allergy medicine and repeat the above process.
The last remedy according to us is the use of the herb sage which has been used for reducing the inflammation in the mouth since ancient times.This is because it kills bacteria and viruses and treats many oral problems as it has anti-inflammatory, anti stringent and antiseptic properties. You can use the ready-made sage mouthwash that is available in the pharmaceuticals or can also prepare it. For preparation, take 1-2 tablespoons of sage leaves and add boiling water to it. Steep this mixture for a minimum of 5 minutes. After it cools down, rinse your mouth with this mixture and either spit it out or swallow it.
These were some useful remedies from our end. We are confident that these all are natural and can be easily prepared at home. More importantly, it will be helpful for you to get rid of your canker sore quickly. If you use any of these methods do tell your experience in the comment section below.