Aphthous stomatitis, more popularly known as canker sores, are mysterious mouth ulcers that have afflicted most people at some point in their lives.
It has not have been totally known what causes these pesky painful spots on the inside of the mouth, although biting your cheek or inside of your lip, braces rubbing, stress, genetics, and a malfunctioning immune response are all probable contributors.
Starting as a red patch of oval skin, they’ll typically become increasingly swollen and develop a yellow or whitish spot in the middle.
With a handful of natural ingredients, it’s not hard to find ways to relieve the pain they cause.
DIY Numbing Spray
Peppermint and eucalyptus essential oil both contain anti-inflammatory components, while also possibly working as anti-microbial agents, thus reducing the chance of infection.
It also helps work as an astringent that helps tighten the tissues around the wound, relieving further discomfort caused by inflammation or potential fluid buildup.
The soothing properties of both of these oils can also numb the nerve endings that are firing off.
You will need 2 tablespoons of olive or grapeseed oil, 10 drops of peppermint essential oil, 8 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and a glass mister bottle.
Pour the olive or grape-seed oil into a glass mister bottle, and put in the essential oils.
Cover, shake well and spray some directly onto the canker sore as required for pain relief. Always shake before each use.
Chamomile Tea Bag
Chamomile consists of numerous daisy-like plants that are mostly used in inducing sleep, promoting relaxation, and aiding with digestion.
It also works a treat with cramping since it can help relax aching spasms in the digestive tract.
A chemical compound (levomenol) is found naturally in German chamomile and has been revealed to reduce swelling and also contains antiseptic properties.
These properties aid in reducing the pain of canker sores and potentially help speed the healing process.
You will need a bag of chamomile tea or a tablespoon of dried flowers wrapped in cheesecloth and Freshwater.
Steep the chamomile in water for a minute or so if using a teabag, and 3 to 4 if using dried flowers. After soaking place it directly against the sore for 5-10 minutes twice every day to help relieve discomfort and promote speedy healing.
Sage is a herb from the evergreen shrub (Salvia officinalis) in the mint family.
It is widely used in the culinary world and has also been prevalent in homeopathic medication and home remedies for years.
Native American’s made use of sage long before the arrival of modern medicine to help cleanse the mouth and to heal the painful ulcers.
You will need a handful of fresh sage or 2 teaspoons dried sage, 4-8 ounces of fresh water.
If making use dried sage, boil your water and allow the herb to infuse for 9-11 minutes.
Swish the water, and the herb, in your mouth for a minute before spitting it out and rinsing with normal cold water.
Coconut oil contains Anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and also has an incredible taste. Coconut oil is almost fail-safe when it comes to fending off canker sores.
You will need Coconut oil
Using clean hands or a cotton swab, drench a liberal amount of coconut oil onto the sore.
Try to get a somewhat thick layer or clump on there-coconut oil dissolves quickly and a thin layer just seems to slide right off.
If you can’t get it to stick, melt a tablespoon down with a half teaspoon or so of beeswax to thicken it.
Clove oil contains eugenol, a powerful painkiller, and has been used by dentists for years to bring relief to patients.
Eugenol is still used today, in a pure extract form, but clove oil remains important for oral pain going from toothaches to canker sores.
You will need a half teaspoon of olive oil, 4-5 drops of clove essential oil, Cotton balls and Warm water/salt water
Swish your mouth with warm water or salt water to get it clean. Mix the clove oil with the olive oil and then steep a cotton ball in it and apply the cotton ball directly to the sore for 5-8 minutes for numbing relief.
With its anti-bacterial and potentially anti-inflammatory properties, raw organic honey makes a delightfully soothing coating for a painful canker sore.
You will need a wee dab of organic raw honey and Warm water
Swish your mouth with some warm water, and then apply a thick dab of organic raw honey directly to the sore. Reapply 2 to 3 times a day (at least one of those times should be before night, as it seems to do best when you aren’t disturbing it by talking or eating.)
If you down with a sore that keeps rubbing against your tooth, or if you have braces or dentures that are irritating the sore, putting a small wax “capping” over the surface can help lessen irritating friction against the sore and help speed up the healing phase.
If you are putting this over braces, it’s vital to make it thick enough that it doesn’t just get grounded into the brace and is trapped.
You will need a tablespoon of beeswax and 2 teaspoons of coconut oil.
Dissolve down the beeswax and coconut oil and allow the mixture to cool slightly. When it has cooled, mildly press a dollop over the edge of your tooth/braces/dentures to keep the canker sore from rubbing.
Cayenne contains a constituent called capsaicin, which is the same chemical constituent that makes it hot.
Capsaicin inhibits Substance P which is responsible for mediating pain responses in the body. Cayenne can make a great home remedy for canker sores.
You will need a Cayenne pepper, Warm water, and some Cotton swabs.
Mix just sufficient warm water with ground cayenne pepper to form a thick paste. Use a cotton swab to rub directly to the canker sore. Reapply 2-3 times a day for pain relief.
The gel from this wonderful plant wields mighty powers when it comes to soothing not just sunburn, but canker sores as well.
Make sure to use natural gel and not the green kind.
You will need a teaspoon of aloe vera gel and tablespoon of water
mix the gel into the water and swish it gently over the sore 3 time’s daily to ease the pain and facilitate healing.
Canker Sore Tips
Stop eating acidic foods when you have a canker sore, as they can prolong the healing process.
Some individuals find that acidic foods may trigger their sores. Strangely, some anecdotal evidence has suggested that a bit of very acidic juice like lemon juice can sometimes help.
You can Experiment with different home remedies for canker sores. Mix and match the ones on the list, for instance, rinse with aloe and then follow up with the cayenne cream.
Pay attention to your body if you find yourself suffering from canker sores breaking out every time, take time to rest.