Mouth ulcers are painful sores that occur on the inner sides of the cheeks, tongue, gums and even the inside of the lower lip. They appear in the form of white or yellow blisters surrounded by red halos, with a burning sensation. They usually appear single or in clusters in the mouth, and generally last for about 7-10 days. Deficiency of vitamin C, vitamin B12 and iron, stress, poor dental hygiene, infection due to herpes simplex, food allergies, hormonal imbalance, improper digestion, hereditary, and biting of cheeks are some of the causes of mouth ulcers. This ailment is, generally, accompanied with bad breath, inflammation of throat and tonsillitis, mild fever, bleeding, excess saliva, and pain while eating, drinking and talking. So, here are some simple home remedies to get rid of mouth ulcers.
Home Remedies for Mouth Ulcers
Coconut milk is one of the best treatments for mouth ulcers. Gargle with fresh coconut milk 3-4 times every day till the ulcers reduce (1). You can also drink coconut water to cool your body. Coconut is the best remedy to treat mouth ulcers . Applying coconut oil on mouth ulcer can also provide relief (2).
2. Hot & Chilled Water
Researches have proved that taking lycopene provides relief from mouth ulceration (5). Tomatoes contain considerable amount of lycopene (6). Either drink tomato juice or apply it on the affected area 3-4 times every day to get rid of mouth ulcers at home. You can also eat raw tomatoes (7).
5. Banana & Curd
6. Sugar Candy
Honey is anti bacterial in nature therefore it is used to cure ulcers (14). Mix ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder in a teaspoon of honey to form a paste. Now, apply it over the blisters. You can also apply a mixture of honey and coconut oil on the ulcers to get rid of them fast.
Alternatively, only honey can also be directly applied to the ulcers (15).
Apply plain yogurt on the blisters to get quick relief (16). Alternatively, you can also consume yogurt daily for treating mouth ulcers. Yogurt contains a bacteria called Lactobacillus which prevents bacterial infections (17).
You can also drink buttermilk. It is a good cure for mouth ulcers.
9. Hydrogen Peroxide
Make a mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide with equal quantities of water. Soak a cotton ball in this solution and apply it on the ulcer. Just dab the solution on the sore and don’t swallow it. Follow by dabbing few drops of Milk of Magnesia on the ulcer. Repeat this process once or twice a day for better results (18, 19, 20).
10. Baking Soda
11. Cranberry Juice
13. Poppy Seeds
One of the best home treatments for mouth ulcers on tongue is butter. Apply butter on the sores to alleviate them fast (26).
16. Ice Cubes
Rub ice cubes on the ulcers, frequently, to heal them fast (29).
Clove is extensively used in India and China for the treatment of several dental problems including mouth ulcers (29). The anti inflammatory property of clove cures mouth inflammation (30). Chew a clove bud as its juice has healing properties which will lessen the ulcer pain (31).
Infusion made of cashew tree bark is used as a mouthwash for the treatment of oral ulcers. You can also apply bark latex directly to the mouth ulcer (32).
Herbal Remedies to Cure Mouth Ulcers
Licorice has anti-inflammatory properties. This herb enhances the ulcer healing chemicals in our body therefore, works well in treating mouth ulcers or blisters (33). You can mix some licorice powder in honey or glycerin and apply it on the sores. It effectively soothes mouth blisters.
You can also make a mouthwash of licorice root by soaking crushed root in 2 cups of water for three hours. Rinse your mouth with this mouthwash several times a day to get rid of mouth ulcer (34). Deglycyrrhizinated liquorice (DGL) mouth wash was tested for the treatment of mouth ulcers and it showed positive results (35).
20. Holy Basil Leaves
Chew some holy basil leaves at least 2 times a day. It helps you get rid of the bad breath caused due to ulcers (36). Alternatively, a herbal mouthwash made from basil can also be used to cure mouth sores (37).
You can also utilise basil tea for gargles. It will alleviate mouth ulcers (38).
21. Fenugreek Leaves
22. Coriander Leaves
Boil some coriander leaves in water. Strain the liquid and let it cool down a bit till it becomes lukewarm. Then, gargle with it at least 3-4 times every day. You can also boil coriander seeds in some water and use it for gargling (41).
22. Peepal Tree Leaves
Mix some peepal tree leaves in honey and apply it on the blisters.
23. Indian Gooseberry
Mash an Indian gooseberry to make a paste. Apply it directly on the ulcer at least 2 times a day. It will give quick relief from ulcers (42).
24. Tea Tree Oil
Antimicrobial property of Tea tree oil is an excellent natural remedy to treat mouth ulcers (43). Mix at least 10 drops of tea tree oil in 1/3 cup of water. Use this as a mouthwash. It will heal blisters very soon. You can also apply a little bit of tea tree oil directly on the blister. It also helps reduce the redness and inflammation caused due to ulcers (44).
25. Aloe Vera
Consume 2 tablespoons of fresh aloe vera gel at least three times a day. It is a good home remedy to cure mouth ulcers.
You can also apply aloe vera gel on the mouth ulcer to get quick relief (45).
26. Banyan Tree Milk
This is a quick remedy to heal tongue ulcers. Apply banyan tree milk on the ulcers for immediate relief.
27. Peppermint Oil
Apply peppermint oil on the ulcers to get relief from pain caused due to the blisters (46).
28. Mulberry Juice
Mulberry juice is really beneficial in treating mouth ulcers. Alternatively, you can make mouthwash from bark of mulberry tree by soaking the bark in water for 24 hours (47).
Boil blackberry leaves for about ten minutes. Rinse your mouth using this liquid to soothe painful ulcers (48).
The bark of sourwood when chewed helps get rid of mouth ulcers. Cherokees used this herb as an ancient remedy for curing many ailments (49).
- Have a balanced diet, and include necessary vitamins and minerals to avoid their deficiency.
- Drink lots of water as it keeps your system clean while avoiding mouth ulcers.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day to avoid ulcers (50).
- Gently clean your mouth and teeth for relief from mouth ulcers (51).
- Chew slowly (52).
- Avoid too much spicy foods and excess sweets (53, 54).
- Refrain from alcoholic and caffeinated beverages (55).
- Stay away from those foods, to which you are allergic.
- Avoid over-consumption of red meat and animal fat.
- Do not eat hot food (56).