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Cure Canker Sores with Inexpensive Home Remedies

Last Modified on Apr 26, 2016

3 User Reviews | 3 YEA

Posted by Litsa (Fairbanks, Alaska) on 05/14/2008

[YEA]  CURE FOR CANKER SORES: Hi i try many remedies but the best i try was ground cloves. Use your finger or q/tip take a small amount and put it in your mouth where is the canker sore is, hold it for 5 minutes, it will sting little bit , then wash your mouth with plain will heel about 4 to 6 hours. I never see anything like this happen with me or my friends, try it and you will see, By the way thanks for this site i recommend it to everyone i know. Thank you.

Replied by Chriswar666 (25 Y/o)
Rio De Janeiro, Brasil
[YEA]   Cloves also worked for me, at least in eliminating the pain. I got one whole and chewed it, alleviated for a while (half an hour or more). I don't get ulcers that often, so I can't judge if it helped speed the healing, but it definitely helped the pain! Ginger also has the same effect :)
Replied by Alex
London, UK
[YEA]   I tried some oregano oil (oregano essential oil in olive) and it seemed to have an immediate effect, taking away the pain (and tasting nice). The stuff is quite expensive though and I had also read about clove oil being recommended. Furthermore clove oil has an even higher antioxidant value than oregano oil! So I mixed some olive oil, a bit of grapeseed oil and clove oil and a bit of thyme myself (- about 7ml carrier oils, plus about 30drops of clove, plus 10 drops of thyme). Just as the oregano oil this mix took away the pain quickly and seemed to stick to my tongue nicely, so the analgesic effect lasted through eating. This was on day 4.5 of the sores though and they still took another 2 days to heal off to a stage where I could eat without applying oil before... (N.B. - make sure you do not use essential oils neat on skin or mucous membranes, as they can 'burn' them. I.e. most essential oils need to be diluted in a carrier oil)

Coconut Oil  
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Posted by Janie (Magnolia, Texas) on 05/30/2015

[YEA]  I had a mouth ulcer that would not go away and was getting more painful as the days went on. I looked up on Earth Clinic and found that coconut oil could be used so I took some and placed it directly on the mouth ulcer and within 24 hours it was completely gone. Great stuff. I told my sister n law about it because my brother is taking chemo and will need something to help with mouth ulcers.

Posted by Holly (St. Louis, MO) on 08/21/2014

[YEA]  While out camping with my family I developed two huge canker sores along my upper gums. It hurt to eat, drink and talk.There were no stores around so we only had what we packed... thank goodness I had some coconut oil on hand (I packed it to help ease sunburns and also as the oil to pop our popcorn-yum! ).

I used my finger and dabbed a small amount on both sores, right before bed. The next morning, the pain was nearly gone. So after brushing my teeth I applied it again and, though the sores didn't disappear immediately, the pain was gone by lunchtime.

I am a huge believer in the benefits of coconut oil (organic, unrefined, cold pressed only! ) and always have a small bottle on hand. This is just another fantastic cure from an amazing oil.

Posted by Candy (Hobe Sound, FL) on 01/24/2009

[YEA]  I have been using Organic Coconut Oil for 2 years now as a "skin lotion". When I started using it I was 43 and already using a top product for anti-aging. The product had worked some to reduce wrinkles but in just a couple of days the CO worked so much better. now at almost 45 I have very little wrinkles. I use just a little bit on my fingers and spread so thin that no one can tell that I use an oil on my face. My 17 year old daughter uses it also.

I started using the CO for other things and one of the best is on a canker sores. It does not hurt unless you rub it too hard. I had no pain all day and did not have to put more on until bed time. I put a dab of CO on a Q-tip and applied it to the sore.

Posted by Maddy (Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK) on 05/09/2008

[YEA]  I was suffering with mouth ulcers for some time and my GP gave me some cream to put on my tongue. The stuff was awfull and left a dry residue on my tongue. It did nothing for the pain. So I started using coconut oil. 1 Tablespoon, melted in microwave in a plastic cup (if you use glass the oil explodes and covers the inside of your microwave). Leave to cool enough so you can hold it in your mouth for approx. 1 minute, then swallow. I did this 2x a day for 2 days and my mouthulcers where gone. Maddy, UK

Colloidal Silver  
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Posted by Wayne (Nm) on 03/14/2015

[YEA]  Canker Sores: I have had these buggers all my life. I finally found a cure, it's Colloidal Silver. I was watching the Alex Jones show and one of their call in's indicated he cured his. I tried it, wow, wow, wow, it works, I have given it to other folks, same results, great. Please try it.

Posted by John (Fresno, Ca) on 06/30/2009

I have been suffering from mouth sores for decades. I read that colloidal silver will penetrate tissue. So, gaving tried everything, i tried 250 ppm. Everytime i got a mouth sore starting, i gargled (then spat out - did not swallow) for 3 minutes like the article suggested. The mouth sore would go away in 24-48 hours. After a while, i stopped getting mouth sores.

Comfrey Tea  
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Posted by Doss (Denver, CO) on 09/16/2006

[YEA]  My midwife suggested this after a tooth extraction.

Us Irish have different blood/body chemistry. Many of us are allergic/sensitive to foods high in vitamin C, like tomatoes and oranges. These things CAUSE canker sores for us, believe it or not. I have a lot of irish blood, and I recently got my tooth pulled. I have stitches in my mouth, and here is what works for relieving the pain:

fresh comfrey tea leaves put in a small tea bag, put tea bag in warm water (about 1/4 cup) until a tea forms. Rub the tea bag until the outside kind of feels slippery or oily, similar to aloe vera. Hold the tea bag over the sore.

Hold until pain subsides, or bite down on bag instead of gauze as dentist suggests after extraction. Research Comfrey Root and leaves for more information on uses.

Also drink Throat Coat tea (gypsy cold cure in your grocery store aisle) with black licorice in it for swelling, and rinse mouth with Tom's baking soda and witch hazel mouthwash to keep wounds bacteria free. Follow with a tepid salt water gargle and gentle spit.

This is a good "Ora-gel" for very sensitive skin/people. It won't work for people who have a high tolerence to over the counter drugs. Less Sensitive individuals would need aloe mixed with Ora-gel, and to go the gargle with Green Tea/Orange Juice route.


Posted by Lars (Nyc, Ny) on 12/07/2011

I have proven over the years that when I have been "irregular" (constipated) - within a day or two non-mouth-bite related canker sores will surface. I believe this is due to build-up of toxins in the body from inability to eliminate them due to the reason I wrote above.

The toxins seem to breakout in one of the softest tissues in the body - inside the mouth.

Next time you have a break-out of canker sores, take a stool-softener or some other method to induce bowel movements... I have never heard anyone else state that constipation=canker sores, but if my advice helps you, please post your experience.

I hope this helps everyone.

Replied by Spiderhawk
Houston, Texas
Interesting! I was wondering why I had a painfull canker sore appear under my tounge and after reading your post, it dawned on me that as a result of taking pain medication, I have been constipated for about two weeks now. I am going to rinse with baking soda and drink some baking soda as well. I have always had success drinking baking soda to relieve constapation.
Replied by Cody
Fort Worth, Texas
Wow that's crazy, everytime I can ever think of the canker sores I got and currently have is all when I was not on a regular bathroom schedule. Vacation- canker sores appear, too busy... Canker sores appear. You're on to something, because the last 4 times would if this is true, all be for the lack of regular bowel movements!

Cough Drops  
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Posted by Bruce (Goleta, CA) on 11/06/2006

[YEA]  I use Ludens Honey Licorice throat drops to alleviate canker sore pain. Also use Squirt soda in the can, to take the stinging away. After 20 years of experiments, the two above have worked the best for me, without going to the doctor.

Distilled White Vinegar  
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Posted by Kam (San Carlos, Ca) on 09/20/2008

[YEA]  I had an annoying and painful canker sore way back on my tongue, too much info..., but searched and found this site, only had distilled white vinegar, gargled twice for one minute twice and the sore really calmed down in 5 minutes, (stinging of course) then the next day gone. Assume apple cider vinegar is effective as well, but have used alum, peroxide, warm salt solution, ambesol and other OTC meds, the vinegar is the best.

Eliminate Milk to Eliminate Canker Sores  
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Posted by Chris (Clifton Park, Ny, 12065) on 12/06/2007

[YEA]  For most of my life I was a regular (and during my younger years) heavy drinker of cow's milk. I suffered from horrible canker sores (3-4 at a time, each a half inch or longer) my whole life, right up until approximately 6 years ago when I eliminated milk from my diet. For me, it seems to only be related to the liquid form: I don't seem to have problems with cheese or even ice cream. However, a couple of times I've tried introducing milk again by having it on my cereal in the morning -- after about three days, I got a canker sore. Upon again stopping ingestion of milk -- no more canker sores. I was diagnosed when younger with an allergy to milk, and I wonder if this is related. I'm convinced science will catch up with this theory eventually and it will be shown that canker sores are closely related to allergies. Anyways, if you suffer from canker sores, try eliminating milk from your diet for 30 days and see what happens; I bet you'll be glad you did!

Eliminating Allergy Foods  
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Posted by Sharon (Naples, Fl) on 12/08/2014

[YEA]  hi, my son is 17 and has been suffering with cankersores since he's been 3yrs old.

He gets them weekly up to 10 in his mouth. Went to every singal doctor/department known to man. Ended up in Rheumatology department only to be put on drugs that were for cancer!!! I was so done with this. Finally I took him to a holistic doctor who did a food intolerance panel. (not allergy) and it came up that he was intolerant to milk, cheese, and eggs. As soon as we eliminated those foods, he is cankersore free-----except of course when he wants pizza with cheese and ends up with sores 2 days later:)

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Posted by T.S.Rajah (Wimledon, UK) on 12/07/2007

[YEA]  Fenugreek's leafy form belongs to the spinach family. However, its seeds are useful when cooking to combat the flatulence caused by certain foods, such as lentils and cauliflower. Its anti-viral properties mean it also helps against sore throat and mouth ulcers. Historically, fenugreek has been used to treat diabetes and is now thought to reduce blood pressure

Flax Seed Oil  
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Posted by Jennifer (Northern, Idaho) on 01/28/2008

[YEA]  I was having chronic canker sores, usually 3 at a time. I tried everything I'd ever heard of with little success. I started taking Omega 3 in the form of flax seed oil for general health reasons. Within a week or so my sores were gone and I haven't had one since. I alternate between flax oil capsules (6 a day), ground flax seeds (2 tablespoons) and eating about 1/4 cup of walnuts.

Replied by Mary
New York, NY
[YEA]   Many thanks to Jennifer from Northern Idaho. I tried the flax seed oil capsules and my canker sores have not appeared since. I had taken lysine capsules for two years when one day the canker sores reappeared. The flaxseed capsules have worked beautifully. Highly recommended.