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Salivary Duct Stone Remedies

Last Modified on Oct 26, 2015

Treatment for salivary duct stones includes remedies that naturally dissolve the blockages. A variety of tonics are effective for achieving this result. Likewise, limiting calcium may also help reduce the appearance and frequency of stones.

What are Salivary Duct Stones?

A salivary duct stone is a calcification in the salivary gland, which blocks the flow of saliva in the mouth. Stones most often form in the base of the mouth; however, the deposits can form on the cheeks and under the tongue. Most individuals who experience stones have multiple deposits. The exact cause of the deposits is unknown, but several contributing factors have been identified including dehydration, poor eating and certain medications.

Natural Remedies for Salivary Gland Stones

As salivary gland stones are caused by the buildup of calcium and other minerals in the salivary gland, treatment focuses on naturally dissolving the buildup. Common treatments include apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and oregano oil. Limiting calcium in the diet is also an important component of treatment for this condition.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a nutritional supplement heralded for its effective treatment of a wide range of conditions. The supplement is an acid that actual functions to alkalize the body and maintain an appropriate pH balance in the body. As it does so, the vinegar dissolves salivary duct stones as well as other toxic buildups in the body.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice works to treat salivary blockages in two fundamental ways. The acidity of the lemon alkalizes the body and restores an appropriate pH level. Additionally, the sourness of the lemon increases salivation, which works to dissolve the blockage as well.

Oregano Oil

Oregano oil is a potent antibiotic substance. When applied to the site of the blockage, the oil kills the bacteria and infection in the mouth that may be contributing to the blockage. Oregano oil also reduces inflammation.

A salivary gland stone is a calcified deposit located in the salivary gland or duct. These deposits often block the flow of saliva and can cause swelling and discomfort. Effective natural treatment works to safely dissolve deposits and return normal function to the salivary glands.

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Posted by Grant (Alabama) on 06/28/2015

[YEA]  My wife has chronic salivary stones. They get very painful when she eats and frequently reduce her to tears. The doctors she went to see had no good solutions. Reading about these kind of home remedies, I suggested that she try rubbing lemon or orange essential oil onto the gum surrounding the gland in her mouth. She does this once a day and it helps to dissolve the stones to keep them from building up. When she remembers to do it daily, she has no more symptoms. When she gets complacent, the painful stones come back. It is a miracle for her and has greatly improved her life. She had been ready to risk surgery with possible facial paralysis to stop the pain. But now we found a natural remedy to control the problem.

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Posted by Tim (Medicine Hat) on 10/25/2015

[YEA]  The submandibular gland has plugged on and off since being a teenager - painful. The gland was successfully removed at age 35, the stone was round and the size of the Canadian loonie. After surgery, I noticed that heart burn and stomach acid became more of an issue.

The saliva gland on my left side began plugging on and off causing some pain (in my 40's). Again was told to have surgery to remove the stone(s). I started taking magnesium gycinate 3 x daily (1 x before bed) each dose of 200mg to 400mg(mostly 400mg). The magnesium and massaging the gland daily has kept the gland open. If I slack off on taking magnesium the gland issues comes back, along with muscle aches. I also take 200mcg K2 daily with multi-vit & minerals. I do take some Iodine a couple months of the year - not regular. Going to research the iodine. Thanks for all the information on this issue.


Oregano Oil
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Posted by Golden Angel (Austin, Tx, Usa) on 04/20/2013

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I have blocked Salivary glands. I use wild oregano oil to keep the infection and swelling down, and I came to this site to see what I could do to get the blockage removed in the meantime.

Wild oregano oil is a strong natural antibiotic and will kill all the nasty bacteria and whatnot in your mouth. I brush with it daily.

Replied by Lissa
Alberta, Canada

Hi, there! I was told by my physician that I have a stone(s) blocking my submandibular salivary glands. It swells up when it eat, is very painful, and not to mention, very cosmetically disturbing. Who wants to go around looking like they have golf balls hanging from their double chin? :P When I came upon this page, I was excited as it seems no other webpage has posted anything really, regarding home remedies that would seem affective. My question is what do I do with the ingredients listed above? Do I ingest them? Let them sit in my mouth? Further clarification would be much appreciated!
Replied by Dave Donate

Fountain Inn, Sc

Which ingredients are you talking about Lissa...suggestions off the remedies section of EC?

Sounds like an infection to me.

Replied by Nanowriter
Hotspot, Texas

Lissa, try looking up iodine and parotid stones. Iodine is a classic treatment for these stones, but what amount should be used I don't know, but some research should tell you.
Replied by Teaberry
Cedar Hill, Texas

How do you use the home remedies listed for treating Salivary Gland Stones? The article listed the products to use, but did not mention how to use them for treating the problem.
Replied by Ning
Missouri, US

Hi there, I have the same problem, it started in october and I tried every essential oils that I can think of. Mine is swelling on my left side, sometimes I can feel a pinch but not really painful, I've been taking 5000 mg of pure vitamin C crystals , zinc 50 mg, selenium 200 mg, I hope it will shrink, I have a doc appt on monday january 5 and hope he can give some prescription For it. Good luck everyone...Ning
Replied by Tommymac
San Diego, CA

From Jonathan V. Wright at the Tahoma Clinic: Here is the link to the site and the article from which the quote below was taken:

Quote: "Although it's not a common condition, from time to time someone will come to my office at Tahoma Clinic inquiring about alternatives to surgery for "parotid duct stone". These are "stones" which can form in the saliva-carrying duct(s) from the major salivary glands ("parotid" glands, located at the "angle of the jaw"). 3 to 4 drops of SSKI (Potassium Iodide) taken in water daily will almost always dissolve parotid duct stones within four to eight months."

Replied by Irene
Chevy Chase, Md

Iodine sounds like a good idea or maybe seaweed. Don't forget to eat 1 or 2 brazil nuts with any iodine so you get selenium to protect. Also I think Vitamin K-2 may channel calcium correctly. Google Chris Kresser and kidney stones. It's worth a try.
Replied by Mark

Folks, the new surgery is a tiny tube they stick in and get out the blockage. Seems to me the best way to go if you have insurance. I'm planning to do that asap.
Replied by Sheri

Does one use these remedies as a mouthwash or do they literally digest it? My daughter has these same symptoms yet has been through 2 doctors, one ear nose n throat doctor and a dentist and now am told to go to an orthodontist surgeon cause they "think " it may be a stone in her salivary gland but is not sure because the xrays didn't pick anything up. I am at my wit's end!
Replied by Katy

Pharmaceutical Grade Hydrogen Peroxide, Dilute it and let it sit in your mouth (Under Your tonge). I am so excited, I have been trying to figure out what has been wrong with my chin for almost a year and a half. Literally, I am watching the redness, swelling, and horrible seemingly permanent acne disappear. I could cry I am so happy, and relieved, I have been to 5 doctors, I thought I had Coutaneous Candida (Which is related to a Auto-immunw desease), or Psyrosis, or HIV, I have been a Vegan Paleo MASTER for the last two months... and all I need to do was make my own home made mouthwash. I think I'll take some Benodite Clay, both Orally, and let it sit in my Mouth for awhile, then to be extra safe, I'll do some Oil Pulling. (FYI: Oil of Oregano (Diluted!! ), ACV, Tea Tree, and Magnesium Oil Spray always worked to clear up spots and helped with Swelling....but never fixed the problem Antibiotics never worked. Oh and Always, a healthy Diet! Garlic is a great antibiotic!!! ) Good Luck
Replied by Anne-Marie

There is another way of getting rid of these stones. As far as I understood they can also grind them with ultrasound waves (like they do with kidneystones etc.)

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Posted by Becky (California, USA) on 07/17/2015

[NAY]  I recently had that "tiny tube" surgery someone mentioned and IT DIDNT WORK. My stone is 4mm and is creating blockage. Recovery from the surgery sucked, I was on a liquid diet for two weeks because I had stitches in my mouth. The doctors want me to now go in for another surgery and get my whole saliva gland removed. I am going to try all these home remedies prior to going in for another surgery because the last one didn't do one thing except created more pain.

Replied by Faith Lightfoot
Sydney, Australia

I had a squamous cell carcinoma removed surgically over 2 years ago. About 12 stitches in lower lip. Now healed but has left me with blocked saliva gland, as well as smaller lip. Doctor says I have the blocked gland for life. It gives pain when I eat, and looks like I have a constant cold sore. It is a result of surgery.