Last Modified on Feb 15, 2015
What Causes Dry Mouth?
Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is a common condition of subjective feeling of dryness in the mouth that sometimes is associated with underperformance of the salivary glands. Constant dry mouth can be symptomatic of something else or a side-effect of medication, but sometimes there is no discernible cause. When clinically diagnosed as a reduction of saliva, it is known as hyposalivation.
Since saliva flow is reduced while sleeping, it is common to wake up with dry mouth that will pass after eating or drinking. It is a common symptom associated with diabetes, but dry mouth symptoms may also be simply indicative of dehydration. Dry mouth can also be caused by stress, anxiety, or depression.
Natural Cures for Dry Mouth
Below you will find natural remedies to combat dry mouth. Some of our more popular remedies are coconut oil, cayenne pepper, colostrum, and fennel seeds. But in addition to these remedies are discussions as to the nature and causes of dry mouth, such as Sjogren's syndrome and vitamin deficiencies. If you've a family recipe or cure for dry mouth to share, please do not hesitate to post it here on Earth Clinic!
[YEA] Just read about the cayenne pepper for dry mouth and went and swished, and it did help. It has been about an hour now and my mouth is still moist. It is also great for ulcers and sore throat!
Replied by D Taylor
12/23/2014Posted by R. (Dallas, Tx) on 10/26/2009
[YEA] African Birdseye Cayenne Pepper has cured my dry mouth problems! I had dry mouth from medications for a health condition. I originally bought some cayenne capsules for cholesterol and circulation problems, after doing research on this site, and other websites. I even found a reference to their website on earthclinic! My cold feet and hands are much better than they were. My skin was very dry, and is not anymore, and I am not using any lotion either. It is also suppose to be good for your heart! I have not had my labs done yet, to see if my cholesterol is better, but will let you know.. Do your research! One of the wonderful surprises for me, was no more dry mouth! I take 1 capsule 3 times a day with food, and sprinkle a little on my food first. I have had no side effects from Cayenne either! I also noticed a difference less than an hour after taking my first capsule!Replied by Melody
Charles Town, Wv