Mouth ulcers, also known as canker sores, can be very painful and distressing, particularly if you are getting them frequently. Mouth ulcers are little white spots that are found in the inside of your mouth, that can be sore and in some cases even stop you from eating, due to the pain. Luckily I have a selection of mouth ulcers home remedy cures for you to try.
Mouth ulcers are not the same as cold sores, and are not contagious. However certain types of canker sores can resemble cold sores, so you should check with your doctor if you are unsure what condition you have. If you are looking for treatments for cold sores, take a look at my page dedicated to cold sore remedies.
What Causes Mouth Ulcers?
While no-one is certain of the cause of mouth ulcers, those with a low immune system are far more likely to get them. You can improve your immune system by eating healthily and getting more sleep. Other widely suspected of canker sores are:
- Not enough vitamin B complex vitamins, vitamin C and iron in your diet
- Hereditary factors (so if your parents get them a lot you are more prone to them)
- Anxiety and stress
- Anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibruprofen and anti allergy medicines
- Allergies or sensitivities to certain foods – common ones include chocolate, and nutas and acidic foods such as pineapple and kiwi fruit.
- Toothpaste containing sodium laurel sulfate
- Celiacs condition (those who cannot eat gluten)
- Constipation (because toxins build up in your body)
If you are suffering from regular mouth ulcers, it’s very important that you do visit your doctor as it could be a sign of something more serious. If you’ve been to your healthcare professional and they have ruled out any serious cause, then read on for my wonderful natural cures for mouth ulcers.
1. Mouth Ulcers Home Remedy – Salt and Water
Because microorganisms (little bacteria and things) can’t survive in very salty environments, and because salt has natural anti-inflammatory properties, salt is a great natural healer. Simply mix sea salt and water and use as a mouth wash.
2. Mouth Ulcers Home Cure – Baking Soda Paste
This is a remedy that my grandmother taught me – after you’ve used your salt and water mouthwash, mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda in one teaspoon of water and apply to your canker sores. You can rinse this off if it tastes unpleasant, or leave it on overnight. It may sting a little, but don’t worry, that’s normal.
3. Mouth Ulcers Home Remedy – Apple Cider Vinegar
As ever, apple cider vinegar has a remedy to offer you! This is an alternative to the two above, and you simply put someone a cotton pad or swab, and hold it on the sore for about 10 minutes. Apply about twice a day and repeat until the sore is gone – many people find that their mouth ulcer is almost gone by the next day – but beware it does sting at first!
4. Mouth Ulcers Natural Remedy – L-Lysine
L-Lysine is an amino acid that your body needs. Foods which contain high arginine levels can bring your l-lysine down. If you feel an outbreak coming on, take two 500mg tablets. This a similar natural remedy to one for cold sores, although less lysine is needed. Continue to take one a day until the sores are gone. Alternatively why not take a look at this list of foods that are low in arginine and high in lysine, to help you stay mouth ulcer free.
5. Mouth Ulcers Home Remedy – Basil Gargle
Boil some water and pour over torn basil leaves. Cover and wait till the mixture is warm. This not only helps with healing the sores but also helps if they are causing bad breath. If you like basil you can even chew the leaves throughout the day.
6. Detoxing to Heal your Mouth Ulcers at Home
Since constipation and the build up of toxins is a trigger for canker sores for many people, drinking lots of water and eating fiber is important, as well as going to the toilet in the mornings. If you’ve been full of toxins for a long time, you could well benefit from a detox, using cayenne pepper and lemon juice (sounds gross but help is at hand!). There’s a great book that really helped me get through what’s called the master cleanse detox. Not only can it help with your mouth ulcers but it will leave you feeling generally healthier, full of energy and will help you to lose weight! – Find out more about the Master Cleanse Detox
General Tips for Mouth Ulcers Home Remedy
- Make sure you are eating plenty of foods that are high in B vitamins – getting vitamins from food is the best way but can be helped by taking a B complex supplement with your meals.
- Vitamins C and Iron are important too.
- Drink plenty of water and eat foods with fiber (helps to flush out toxins and stop constipation)
- Try a detox
- Get enough sleep
- Avoid artificial sweeteners as they are thought to trigger mouth ulcers
- Eat probiotic yoghurt.
- If it’s very painful take asprin, Not ibruprofen!
I hope you’ve found a great mouth ulcers home remedy here, let us know what works for you!