For some people with canker sores, natural remedies are the only solution they will consider, so here I will list some of known Natural Remedies for Canker Sores and Mouth Ulcers.
The classic mouth ulcer remedy, just add salt to water and rinse your mouth. Put up with a few seconds of intense pain and then a few hours of numbness as relief. Personally I am not a big fan of this as it seems to make my ulcers bigger, but do experiment to see what effect you have. And perhaps a very mild saline solution will help with bacteria even if it has no numbing effect.
Baking Soda Remedy
Simply put a teaspoon of baking soda in half a glass of water. The carbs in the baking soda will naturally relieve the pain and cleanse it of bacteria. According to a survey only 56% of sufferers have a positive effect from using this.I have never tested this myself.
Myrrh can be purchased as an essential oil. Essential oils are plant extracts, and the name “essential” here is in reference to the scent, rather than meaning “absolutely necessary”. Myrrh is very strong, so it is best to dilute it. Dissolve 5 drops of Myrrh essential oil in 5ml of vodka. Then dilute this with water and use as a mouth wash. The antibacterial properties of Myrrh will help with the healing of the ulcer. Don’t worry about the alcohol as 5ml of Vodka is a very small amount, but if you prefer you can just leave it out and dilute in water directly. I have found myrrh to have some effect in healing mouth ulcers and can be used as a rinse before applying another medicine direct to the ulcer.
Apply a herbal tincture direct to the ulcer to reduce swelling, sensitivity and to speed up the healing of the ulcer. The best herbs for treating mouth ulcers are:
- Myrrh (as mentioned before)
- Cone Flower
Cone Flower (Echinacea angutilolia) is the most efficient herb – it helps build up your immune system and is also available in capsule form.