Natural Treatments for Canker Sores

Many of your positive attributes come to you via your family tree. Your genetics and ancestry are responsible for the things you are good at to a large extent. If you can run really fast, you have a great brain, or you are naturally physically healthy, a lot of that is due to your ancestors. There is a flipside to that positive experience, however.

Some things you inherit from your predecessors are certainly nothing to write home about. Concerning canker sores, if your parents, grandparents and others in your family suffer from this problem, there is a better than fair chance you will have to deal with this condition as well. Then of course there are environmental factors and dietary contributors to the development of canker sores.

To define a canker sore, it is basically a benign ulcer that develops on the inside of your cheeks, on your lips, below your tongue or on your gums. Oval or round in shape with a reddish border and yellow or white center, canker sores do not appear on the outside of your mouth, like fever blisters or cold sores. They can unfortunately be painful and present a problem when talking or eating. To treat canker sores, the following natural remedies have proven effective.

Honey (raw and unfiltered is best)

Honey has been used since ancient times for multiple medicinal and healing purposes. Peter Molan has been studying the health-boosting properties of honey most of his adult life. He is the founder and head of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato, in New Zealand. He explains that honey has anti-inflammatory properties that are perfect for treating mouth ulcers.

Rinse Away the Pain, and Speed the Healing

Rinsing your mouth with saltwater or baking soda and water is a simple and instant solution to pain, and speeds up the healing process.

Ice Chips

Chipped ice held in the mouth as close to the canker sores as possible provides immediate pain-relief.

Avoidance

Avoid spicy foods and citrus fruits and juices, as acidic foods can aggravate the condition.

Chamomile and Sage

Sage and chamomile herbs, either taken as a tea or used as essential oils, effectively treat the pain of canker sores as well as help them heal.

Juice it up

Fresh cantaloupe, celery and carrot juices have proven effective for treating canker sores. Make sure you choose natural juices, organic if possible, without sugar, sweeteners and other additives.

Supplement the Solution

Taking a vitamin B complex and/or iron supplement daily can aid in the pain-relief and healing processes.

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