8 Home Remedies for Canker Sores

I can rest my case assuring you how many times I have suffered from canker sores, waking up in the morning and not being able to speak because the lip brushes the sore against the teeth, or having problem chewing because of the round wheatish white sore just won’t let the food be chewed. We all look for easy home remedies to cure the problems we face if not the alternative go visit a doctor.

home remedies for canker sores

I am sure many of us have been through those painful days when a stupid little sore ruined your whole day because you can’t talk properly, eat properly and even laugh properly.  Also known as mouth ulcers, canker sores are ulcerous conditions often formed in the oral region either on the gums, inner side of the lips and even on the inner top of the mouth. Usually they just come and go on their own but even then there are times when they take their sweet time in fading and those days are quite harmony disrupting. Every time they do happen you must be wondering why they keep reoccurring? The reason is mainly due to lack of specific nutrition in your body especially Vitamin B, iron or zinc deficiencies. At times stress or tissue cell damage can also be a cause.  Also a weak immune system may be a reason for such a sore to occur.

But when these sores keep happening over and over again, a strict stable remedy is definitely called for. While there are always some medical remedy to something and everything, canker sores are something which can easily be treated just sitting at home.

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The Sit at Home Cure:

Be Careful What You Eat:

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The first thing should be careful eating. Especially the avoiding of citrus fruits like oranges or grapes and even fruits like apple or pineapples since these aggravates the ulcer regions. Also your inner mouth surrounding maybe allergic to certain food like nuts or chocolates or any vegetables. So before you break into yet another ulcer, make your decisions right.

Keep A Healthy Fresh Mouth:

The next should be working towards a healthy mouth. Just visit a medical store and buy some oral cream or mouthwash to keep your oral health clear and clean.  But all that is before the canker precautions.

The wet Tea Bag:

When you’re already suffering with the sore, try some handy items to cure your sore. For instance, a wet tea bag. If you use normal powder tea in containers, put some in a soft muslin cloth or just buy some tea bags from your grocery and after you’re done using it for tea, the wet tea bag can be pressed against the canker. Tea contains tannic acid which along with reducing the pain also cures the ulcer.

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Aloe Vera:

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You see the aloe vera plant decorated on your terrace. It’s time you cut a leaf and use it for some benefit. The aloe vera pure gel has special attributes in curing your ulcer right away. Just keep applying and reapplying the gel form the inner flesh of the plant leaf to your inner lip.

Baking Soda:

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Also baking soda, salt and hydrogen peroxide mix is a good pack to treat the ulcer. Just mix it into a pack, a little such as one spoon of everything and then apply it on the affected area. If the solution is too strong dilute it with water.



A simple onion is also a nice cure to it. A raw piece of onion when held against the canker may cure it. The herb sage which we use in dressings and for cooking is also a prominent cure.


Other than that a simple ice or alum which can be availed from your nearby store can help you cure your sore. Alum immediately reduces the redness along with the pain.

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Milk of Magnesia and Benadryl:


While Benadryl has a mild anesthetic effect, both the components has soothing coating abilities that cover the sore forming a layer on top which also reduces pain during friction and thus helps.

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