Most of us have probably experienced canker sores erupting in our mouth much to our dismay because they are a source of discomfort when we’re talking and eating. There isn’t much information as to how and why these sores appear but they usually start off as a raw patch on the insides of our mouth then proceed to becoming inflamed with the middle transforming into yellowish or whitish spot that is tender. The question now is how will you be able to treat canker sores?
- Chamomile tea bag. Chamomile belongs to the daisy family and is commonly used to help you relax, improve your sleeping habits, and even boost your digestion. It also appears that this plant is capable of reducing inflammation and even treats bacteria because of its antiseptic properties. This makes it a good home remedy for your canker sores. Soak a chamomile tea bag in water for about a minute or two then place it directly on the canker sore. Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat this treatment twice a day to relieve the sores.
- Aloe vera. Considered as one of the best plants for home remedies, the aloe plant is also capable of treating canker sores. What the aloe can do for you is to soothe the discomfort and pain while speeding up the healing process. First, clean the affected area with a cotton swab then cut a leaf of the aloe to harvest the gel. Use a clean spoon to apply on the canker sore. You can repeat this as many times as you want.
- Coconut oil. If you are still unsure on how you’re going to treat canker sores, why not try coconut oil? This oil actually contains antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can alleviate the pain and inflammation from the sores. What’s more, coconut oil is actually a bit tasty. Dab some coconut oil on the sore using a cotton swab or clean hands. It’s better to apply a thicker amount of coconut oil to actually prolong its stay on the sores.
- Sage. Aside from reducing inflammation, sage can also kill any viruses or bacteria in your body. Add 2 teaspoons of dried sage in a cup filled with boiling water and let it steep for 10 minutes. Let the solution cool down first before using as a mouth wash. You can use this remedy two to three times a day to help provide relief to your canker sores.
- Honey rub. When it comes to treating canker sores, don’t forget to use raw honey. What makes this ingredient a good choice is because it contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that you can apply on the canker sore to soothe it while speeding up the healing process. Gargle with warm water first then apply a good amount of raw honey on the sore. Do this 2 to 3 times a day with one being applied at night before you go to bed.