Commonly referred to as mouth sores, sores in the mouth appear as open white sores with reddish borders. You can develop the sores on your lips, under your tongue, inside of your cheeks and/or on the floor of your mouth.
Although sores in the mouth normally resolve on their own within 10 days, the fact that they make it hard to eat and can be painful makes it necessary to find treatment and home remedies turn out to be the best. The following are 10 of the best home remedies that you can use.
The licorice root is one of the best herbs that you can use to treat sores in the mouth. It contains substances that act as a demulcent. This means that the substances form a protective layer on the associated mucous membranes. This makes it possible for the membranes to develop resistance to irritation. The substances also help to sooth the open sores. Furthermore, licorice root also contains substances that have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. This means that using the herb helps to heal the sores.
You can easily get licorice root from your local herb or grocery store. Crush the root and place the pieces in a cup full of warm water for at least 10 minutes. Strain and use the solution as mouth wash several times during the day to obtain the benefits. You need to do this for at least five days to effectively get rid of sores in the mouth.
Baking soda is a powerful home remedy for sores in the mouth. Indeed, it is one of the most effective remedies for sores in the mouth that occur when you eat acidic foods and drinks. It is a powerful neutralizer that helps to neutralize any form of acidity. It is also a very good anti-inflammatory agent.
Measure a spoonful of baking soda in a cup. Add a small amount of water just enough to form a paste. Apply the paste on affected areas of your mouth and leave on for a few minutes. Do this at least three times every day for a week to effectively treat sores in the mouth.
Olive/Eucalyptus/Grape seed Oils
There is no doubt that Olive oil has traditionally been used as a home remedy for many health conditions and diseases. Both grape seed and eucalyptus oils also contain powerful substances that help to manage and treat various health problems. The combination of the three oils yields a powerful solution that is very effective in treating sores in the mouth.
Measure 2 spoonfuls of pure Olive oil in a spray bottle. Add into the bottle ½ a spoonful each of grape seed and eucalyptus oils. Shake the bottle to mix the solution. Close the bottle and spray the solution inside your mouth. Do this three times every day for a week to treat sores in the mouth.
Chamomile is the other very good home remedy for sores in the mouth. It contains bisabol, a powerful substance that acts against inflammation. It is also a very good antiseptic agent. Not only does using chamomile help in treating sores; it also speeds up the healing period.
You can easily get a bag or bags of chamomile from your local grocery store. Soak the tea bag in a small amount of warm water for at least 1 minute. Place the soaked bag on the sores and leave for about five minutes. Do this at least two times every day for three days to get rid of sores in the mouth.
Pure honey is a home remedy for various diseases and skin conditions. It has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. This makes it very good in the treatment of sores in the mouth.
Have a reasonable amount of pure honey in a cup. Clean your mouth by swishing warm water. Use a piece of cotton wool to dab of the honey directly on the sores. Do this three times every day for a week to treat sores in the mouth.
Yogurt is rich in healthy bacteria that help to treat sores in the mouth. However, not all yogurts are effective. You need to use plain yogurt without any flavor.
Because the aim here is not to eat but to treat the sores in your mouth, you only need to make use of small amount of plain yogurt. Only eat a spoonful of plain yogurt three times in a day for a week to treat the sores. You may consider adding to the yogurt a small amount of pure honey to make it potent and to improve the taste.
The leaves of basil plant contain beneficial substances that treat various health problems. It is also good to note that the substances act against viruses, bacteria and fungi.
Get fresh leaves of basil plant. Clean the leaves with warm water to make them soft. Chew the leaves while directing the resultant liquid to the sores with your tongue. Do this at least two times every day for five days to treat sores in the mouth.
Aloe Vera is often promoted as the best all-round herb that is available. This is because it has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-viral and antiseptic properties. It also has soothing effect, which is good for addressing sores in the mouth.
Get a fresh leaf of the medicinal Aloe Vera plant. Cut the leaf into several pieces vertically. Place the pieces in a bowl and allow them to drain the sap or juice into the bowl. Remove the pieces and add a small amount of clean water. Stir to mix and use the solution as mouth wash twice every day for a week to treat mouth sores.
Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, a chemical substance that is very effective in alleviating pain and in treating skin conditions.
Get a few dried cayenne pepper. You can use the powder if the same is readily available. Measure 2 spoonfuls of the powder in a cup and add a small amount of water just enough to form a paste. Apply the paste directly on the sores. Do this twice every day for three days to effectively treat mouth sores.
The seeds of coriander have for a long time been used to treat various health problems. The seeds contain substances that sooth and fight any form of inflammation.
Measure a spoonful of coriander seeds into a cup of hot water. Allow the seeds to soak to release their substances into the water. Strain and use the solution as mouth wash. Wash your mouth with the solution twice every day for a week to treat sores in the mouth.
These are powerful home remedies for sores in the mouth. Indeed, the sores should heal within a week of using any of the remedies. You will need to seek medical attention for sores in the mouth that persist.