Canker sores are extremely irritating and often painful. The worst part is that when you get one, it seems like there’s nothing you can do to make it go away. Don’t even bother spending money on a commercial remedy that won’t work; next time you get a canker sore, try one of the natural remedies discussed below.
Natural Remedies for Canker Sores
These remedies are among the best (proven) methods to effectively treat canker sores.
1. Coconut Oil
It seems that coconut oil is good for nearly everything, and treating canker sores has just been added to the list. A powerful anti-inflammatory, coconut oil can be applied directly to the canker sore (put it on nice and thick). Let it sit on the canker sore until it dissolves naturally.
This remedy is not only effective, but tasty as well. Honey is incredibly soothing and is often used to treat inflammation and pain. When combined with turmeric, it soothes and heals the canker sore. Simply combine one teaspoon of honey with ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder; apply this mixture to the sore and let sit for 15-20 minutes. If you don’t have turmeric on hand, you can also just place some honey on the affected area for immediate soothing.
3. Baking Soda
For the easiest remedy yet, simply combine baking soda with just enough water to make a paste, then apply to the canker sore. Alternatively, add some baking soda to a glass of warm water and swish around the mouth 3-4 times per day.
This herb has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antifungal properties which not only soothe, but also heal, canker sores. For a quick and easy remedy, take the juice of some coriander leaves and let it sit in your mouth over the affected area for a few minutes. Alternatively, boil one teaspoons worth of coriander seeds or leaves, strain, then use the solution as a mouth rinse 3-4 times per day.
Thanks to glycyrrhizin, licorice root is extremely effective in treating canker sores and other sources of inflammation. For an easy remedy, simply soak one tablespoon of licorice root (crushed) in two cups of water for at least two hours; then rinse the mouth with this solution.
6. Aloe Vera
Just like it soothes the pain and inflammation related to sunburns, aloe vera works the same way in treating canker sores. Take a meaty aloe vera leaf and squeeze it to extract the juice, then apply the juice directly to the canker sore. You can repeat this method numerous times throughout the day. Or, you can simply opt to rinse with aloe vera juice three times per day until the sore is gone.
7. Tea Tree Oil
Rich in antiseptic and antibacterial compounds, tea tree oil is used to treat many skin infections. For canker sores, combine a small amount of tea tree oil with a large glass of water (the oil should be no more than 10% of the solution), and rinse. You can rinse with this mixture 2-3 times per day.
8. Chamomile Tea Bag
Chamomile is used to treat and soothe a variety of ailments. Next time you have a canker sore, make yourself a nice cup of chamomile tea, and after the tea bag has cooled, apply it directly to the sore.
Sage is a natural pain reliever and has powerful calming and astringent properties. To utilize sage for this ailment, steep three teaspoons of sage leaves in two cups of boiling water for about 15 minutes. Strain, then allow the solution to cool, and use it as a mouth rinse throughout the day. If you can find sage leaves in powder form, you may also apply this directly to the sore.
No longer will you need to suffer from the pain and discomfort of canker sores. The next time you feel a canker sore forming, utilize one (or a combination of) these natural remedies to stop the sore in its tracks and expedite the healing process.