Dry Mouth Remedies

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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!

Brushing With Glycerin

Posted by Lorica (Indiana) on 09/02/2015
4 out of 5 stars

I tried brushing my teeth with organic vegetable glycerin before going to bed and it did help dry mouth a lot. However, it also helped to simply add about 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of the glycerin to 2 cotton balls that I put on one side of my mouth by the molars. No, I never choke at all from the cotton balls. It seems we have an instinct to protect us from such a happening, even when we sleep. If you get really desperate also try taping your lips shut before you go to bed, too. You can use a band aid (I like Tough Strips) going in one diagonal direction so that the sticky stuff isn't pulling on your fragile lips, and a piece of Nexcare paper tape going in the other diagonal direction over that. Keeping the mouth shut at night does help with dry mouth.

Posted by Art (California, Usa) on 08/04/2015 634 posts
5 out of 5 stars

I have been having dry mouth while sleeping for about the past three years and it has been slowly worsening over the three year period. Lately it was almost as though my mouth was glued shut when I would wake up during the night and it would hurt to open it.

I've tried several natural treatments such as coconut oil, vitamin e, vitamin d, increased water intake throughout the day, fish oil at high dosage, krill oil, black currant oil, diatomaceous earth, different toothpaste, vitamin c, potassium citrate, different types of magnesium including topical magnesium chloride, b vitamins, mineral supplements, hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes to name several.

I had recently purchased a 16 ounce bottle of food grade vegetable glycerin for another purpose, but decided to try using it while brushing my teeth. I think some toothpastes have glycerin in it already, but in relatively small amounts. Biotene, a popular mouth rinse used for dry mouth, has glycerin listed as the second ingredient after purified water.

I brush my teeth as usual and before I rinse my mouth, I put as much glycerin as will stay on my toothbrush and brush a little more being sure to brush my gums and tongue also. I try to be as generous as possible with the glycerin and will usually reload my brush a second time and then rinse my mouth when done brushing.

Anyway, it adds about a minute to my total brushing time and the bottom line is that my night time dry mouth is hugely improved and seems to be continuing to get better, currently being close to what I remember as normal. I noticed a definite benefit after a week although there may have been improvement before then, but I may not have associated the benefit to the glycerin right away as I wasn't paying that close attention. The glycerin seems to be effective for me at full strength. I will probably add peppermint and or spearmint essential oil if I need to continue using the glycerine to maintain the effect and add additional antibacterial effect. Glycerine has a very sweet taste by itself. I also put glycerin on my lips before bed and it has eliminated the 24/7 dry lips that I used to have. I have also used it straight as a mouth rinse followed by a water rinse.

I paid $5.84 for a 16 oz. bottle of "Now Vegetable Glycerine" that is "Food Grade Glycerin" and is easily available from multiple on line supplement suppliers as well as local vitamin stores. I'm sure any brand "food grade glycerin" will work for me if it is full strength.

Check with your doctor first to see if food grade glycerin is something that you can try for night time dry mouth.


Cayenne Pepper

Posted by Bgd (Atlanta, Ga) on 07/05/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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

What is the ratio mix for a cayenne pepper rinse?

Posted by R. (Dallas, Tx) on 10/26/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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

Where do you get the African Birdseye Cayenne Pepper?

EC: Lots of places!


Replied by Cynthia
California, US

Cayenne pepper has been the best remedy for my dry mouth. I read this stimulates saliva, and it does! .. I'm now able to sleep and rest. Thank you Earth Clinic for caring enough to post good remedies.

Change Toothpaste

Posted by Ps (My, NY) on 01/13/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Dry mouth? Change toothpaste sensodyne makes my mouth dry and low saliva, I changed to natural one and saliva was back to normal.

Replied by Jane

What toothpaste did you change to? Sensory new makes my mouth dry too.

Replied by Cindy

I have been suffering with dry mouth for a while. It has probably been due to hormones. I'm post menopause. Well I came to this trusty website and thought about everything said. The thing about the toothpaste was worth a try. I changed last night from a sensitive tooth paste to a toothpaste with the first ingredient is Glycerin. I also took a potassium supplement. Happy to say I slept so much better. These really helped. I will continue this.

Coconut Oil

Posted by Janice (Coloma, Mi) on 11/13/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Lately I have been waking up at night with a terribly dry mouth. My tongue and the roof of my mouth are even sore from sticking together. Last night I got up and rubbed some coconut oil on the roof of my mouth and that helped. Does anyone know what causes this? Actually I feel like my whole body is parched. My skin and hair are also very dry. I have been running the humidifier but that doesn't seem to help.

Replied by Kay
In The Valley, Ca

It could be that you are not drinking enough water, or maybe your hormones are changing (change of life?). Have you been checked for diabetes? If these things seem o.k., I would have your doctor check you for sjogren's syndrome. It is an autoimmune disease and the prominent symptons are dryness of all of the mucus membranes. The eyes, skin, mouth, vagina, hair, basically anything with moisture are all involved. If there are any autoimmune diseases in your family, you could be at risk. I wish you luck.

Replied by Janice
Coloma, Mi

Thanks Kay, I appreciate your input. I know I'm not drinking enough water and yes, I am menopausal. I looked up sjogrens and I don't think I fit that (I hope). My Dad does have Rheumatoid Arthritis but I think maybe the biggest thing going on with me right now is a GREAT deal of stress. I didn't even realize how bad it was until this morning when I felt like I hit the wall and burst into tears. I've been holding a lot of stuff inside. Anyway, thanks again for your input.

Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines

Hi Janice...Regarding your problem, it sounds as if you could have Sjogren's Syndrome. Have a look at Ted's remedies for Sjogren's syndrome at:


It may be that you actually have Candidiasis in the intestines. I had Candida a few years ago, and mainly used Ted's ACV/Lime/Lemon baking soda protocols to get rid of it successfully. I also used Milk of Magnesia(also advised by Ted) as an external application to get rid of tinea cruris(jock itch), athletes foot, psoriasis and other external invasive fungi and yeasts from the outside of my body. All gone now and it was quite easy and cheap, but took a little while.

Replied by Janice
Coloma, Mi

Thanks for your response Bill. I don't think the dryness is from Sjogren's. The dryness in my mouth is only at night. I'm fine during the day. I think maybe I'm sleeping with my mouth open for some reason. I think the dry skin might be due to the change in weather. It's turning cold here now and everyone has to run their furnaces which really dries the air and skin. My cousin complained to me the other day that her skin was so dry also. However, I think you might be on to something with the candida. I just had a spot under my breast that the Dr. diagnosed as a fungus. So, would you be able to tell me in more detail what YOU did to rid yourself of it? Thanks a bunch!

Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines

HI Janice...I had Candida internally as well as external fungal and bacterial stuff like athlete's foot, psoriasis, constipation etc. When I started on the Lime, Lemon or ACV baking soda protocol, it took a while but I stuck with it.

What actually happened was that my body was gently transformed. My psoriasis disappeared rather quickly as I recall. My stools became softer, smaller and completely regular on a daily basis (before, it was 3 or 4 days between my stools).

I am also convinced that the baking soda remedies that I took every day were responsible for gently clearing my liver and gall bladder of all gallstones. I could feel them coming out -- felt like hard peas. This lasted 6 months. I also lost a great deal of weight(because of excreting all the stones from the liver and gall bladder) and I am no longer overweight now and have no "pot belly" at all.

The external fungus was quite another problem. The tinea cruris(jock itch) was tenacious!! Bye the way, I found out that tinea cruris(jock itch) is exactly the same as tinea pedis(athletes foot) -- only the locations are different. I tried all the drugs, none worked. Then I tried a mixture of athletes foot powder during the day, and Milk of Magnesia(MoM) at night after my shower. When I started to apply the MoM, the jock itch went away in about 2 days -- not a sign of it!!

In other advice here from Ted, he says that MoM easily kills any microbes or fungus on the skin -- because no microbe or fungus can survive an alkalinity and pH of between 9 and 10. MoM also kills MRSA according to Ted's research. Powerful but fairly gentle stuff.

I also suffered no ill affects at all from these various protocols.

I use "Arm and Hammer" baking soda and "_____s Apple Cider Vinegar" in the Baking Soda protocols below.

Lime(or Lemon) Baking Soda remedy

Squeeze a whole lime or lemon into a glass
Add half a teaspoon of Baking Soda slowly. It will fizz!!
Add water up to half a glassful.
Drink it in one.

Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV) Baking Soda remedy

Two tablespoons of ACV in a glass
Add Half a teaspoon of Baking Soda. It will fizz!!
Add water to half a glass
Drink it in one.

The Lime/lemon BS will just alkalize your intestines. The ACV BS remedy will both alkalize your gut as well as your blood and will give you more energy too. You canc also just put half a teaspoon of BS into half a glass of water and drink it -- this will alkalize just the blood. I generally mix all these protocols now, depending on how I feel.

These baking soda remedies must always be taken at least an hour before or 2 hours after meals, 2 or 3 times a day. Do NOT take these BS remedies during meals, because they are alkaline and will neutralize your stomach acids and your food will not be digested properly causing problems.

My own regimen now is to take these BS remedies first thing in the morning, and again at about 9 pm at night -- I only take it twice a day now. Also, Ted advises that you should take these BS remedies for five days, then rest for two days, and then begin again the following week.

The above protocols are further explained here by Ted and others:


Milk of Magnesia protocol.

Shake the bottle well.
Apply the MoM liberally by hand or with cotton wool to the infected skin area
Leave it on for 20 mins. It will become dry and dusty.
Wash off well.

Apply a hydrating cream such as cocoa butter to the infected area and that's it.

I used to apply the MoM last thing at night and leave it on all night, then shower it off in the morning. This might be a little extreme for some people with sensitive skin because MoM does have quite a drying affect on the skin. If you apply the MoM a few times a day with a natural hydrating cream in the manner advised this will not be as extreme as my own approach!!

Here is some more reading for you regarding MoM cures which might be of some help:


Good luck!!

Replied by Ally
Simsbury Ct

Me too. Feel dry. But mouth thing is new... Aging and hormones perhaps? I'll try the coconut oil and potassium. Let me know how you have fared.

Replied by Laura
Gautier, Ms

Have you had your thyroid checked? When mine went bad my hair was breaking off and my skin, mouth, and eyes were dry.

Replied by Dawn
Fort Worth, Texas

Dry mouth can be caused by several issues. One very large factor is many medications can cause from mild to very severe dry mouth. Another thing that has an enormous effect for dry mouth, feet, hands, skin, or any area of the body is hormonal changes. This can mean anything from having a baby to getting older and going through the change of life and that would be for both men and women, men look up andropause, these hormonal changes have a dramatic effect on our water content in our skin, nails, hair, etc. One last thing to mention is to make sure that the gut is balanced properly. The intestines are where the majority of our balance for health is maintained. Anytime there is something with the body out of balance this is a very good give beginning point to look. Balancing this hugely important but often overlooked area of the body can assist dry mouth along with any other remedies.

Replied by Sophia
Oakland, Ca

Well, I've had these symptoms for years, including dry eyes. Look up Sjogron's syndrome-unfortunately this might also be your problem. To help-look up coconut oil - it's done wonders for my dry skin, still working with it for the mouth...I'm thinking of trying"pulling" for it as eating coconut oil at night seems to really help with moisture. Good luck to you.

Forgot to say- definitely do something for the dry mouth- it can cause serious dental problems!!!!! Also I have dry nose-coconut oil there too-


Posted by Dr. D (Anaheim Hills, Ca) on 08/13/2012
5 out of 5 stars

My mother developed dry mouth (not related to Sjogrens) which may have been induced from st. Johns wort. We have tried multiple natural remedies which did not work. Baking soda helped a little but did not solve the problem. I learned about Lactoferrin from Colostrum and Whey protein and how it is a glycoprotein secreted by saliva (and tears). It has immune function (antimicrobial) in mucus membranes like the mouth and gastrointestinal tract. I suggested she open the capsule and put the powder in her mouth to dissolve and work through with her tongue. She grudgingly did so and used a little silver hydrosol to wet it. It helped the first time she used it and has done it another 3 or 4 times since (once per day). She very happily reported it has helped tremendously.

I did some internet searches and had not come across anyone doing this. Earth Clinic is a great website for sharing and I hope this helps someone else. The dry mouth was incredibly irritating for her.

Diffuser With Eucalyptus Oil

Posted by Sue J (Western Australia) on 01/05/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I was waking with a dry mouth for about 3 weeks. It was so bad I was getting up at 3am. Waking several times in the night to drink water too.

I bought a diffuser/humidifier - one of the small, cold humidifiers. They don't heat the water. I really have no idea how they work - it's magic :) It sits on my bedside table.

I no longer have a dry mouth problem. It only uses a small amount of water, to which I add a few drops of eucaluptus oil and I find it keeps my nasal passages open. I think the problem was my nose was closing up at night causing me to breathe through my mouth and drying it out.

Hope this is of some help. :)

Dry Mouth Remedies

Posted by Jeff (Cebu City, Philippines) on 08/09/2011

Hi all, my mom is recently having problems with dry mouth at night, she'd wake up feeling very thirsty. She has been a diabetic for almost 20yrs now and also has rheumatoid arthritis. But I don't think that is the problem since this has never happened to her before. I'm currently letting her take FGHP everyday which is a tremendous help to her. The nodules that are have manifested due to her arthritis are actually going away. On top of that, I'm also letting her take fulvic acid. And recently, giving her the ACV/BSM/BS combo. She has been off her traditional meds (Antibiotics and BP meds for the most part) for quite sometime now and is only taking insulin shots. But she is worried about the dry mouth which occurred a week ago, although it comes and goes. She does drink a lot of water so I don't know what is causing this. I'm telling her that maybe its just a phase and that maybe the body is trying to rebalance itself or something, since she has always complained in the past of water retention, but she feels that its waaaay overboard. Any advice would be welcome.

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France

Hi Jeff, I have had a very dry mouth during the night for a while now. I am 54 and not a diabetic. I also have very dry eyes during the night. No idea why this happens! I have to get up and drink water but after a while I wake up with a dry mouth again! I drink enough water during the day and a big cup of tea before I go to bed!

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

About dry mouth: I often felt that plain water didn't quench my thirst, and my mouth felt dry even right after drinking. The remedy I use now is a small lick of Celtic Sea Salt (the French grey stuff) before drinking a glass of water. No more dry mouth and, surprisingly, sleeping longer hours before having to get up for a bathroom break. I've also started using that salt in salads etc.

Replied by Jeff
Cebu City, Philippines

Thanks for the feedback! I recently found out that my mom has been taking Carvedilol for her blood preassure and after I did a bit of research, it seems that this has been the culprit for a lot of her problems including getting very thirsty and she never told me about it (some parents are very hard to treat). Since she's been weaned off of her toxic meds for a while now and using natural meds, it seems that the side effects, when taken again, get more pronounced.

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France

Mmsg, I also use Celtic salt (here sel de Guérande) but I was dissolving 1/4 of a teaspoon in a liter of water. It did nothing for me. In a book about water I read the author claimed he treated back pain, allergies and whatever more with it but it did absolutely nothing for me. And my eyes and throat kept getting drier and drier during the night. My skin is quite dry too, especially in winter something I never had before (the age doesn't help either, together with the menopause! ). I am now starting to think that maybe drinking a lot of water is not what my body needs. It is true that the dark circles around my eyes have disappeared but other than that nothing good came out of it. Maybe I am flushing my body too fast by drinking too much water, I don't know! I will try your trick of putting a bit of salt on my tongue before drinking water and see how it goes! And I am definitely going to drink less for a while and see what happens. I will drink at good intervals but not so much! And the big cup of tea before going to bed is going to change to a small one.

Replied by Carie
Hudson, Oh

Sounds like Sjogren's Syndrome. Dry eyes and dry mouth are symptoms of this.

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France

Hi Carie, awhile ago I started thinking that maybe I had Sjogren's Syndrome but after doing some research I didn't think so. I only have a dry mouth / throat during the night. The eyes as well although I can feel them dry during the day if I wear contact lenses. What is that Syndrome exactly?

Posted by Eileen (Sumter, Sc) on 04/12/2010

Question for Bill.

I started about 2 months ago waking with dry mouth to the point that it was difficult to close or open. About 6 weeks ago I started having ulcers on my tongue then Burn Mouth. Extremey painful all inside mouth, throat, lips, sometimes nose and ears. I went to the dentist he gave me a magic mouth concoction, didn't help. Just made my mouth numb for a short time. Then he said I have Burning mouth syndrome. Gave me a trycilic antidepressant which has a side effect of dry mouth. I finally had a good day yesterday but was overwhelmed with dry mouth last evening and today with dry and burning. My tongue is mostly creamy colored. Has been that way for days. have been drinking Ted's baking soda off and on and today. I drink lots of water. I had a uti and was treated with that 2 weeks ago. I also have hyperthyroid and have taken tapazole 10mg for 8 years. Do you have any suggestions or could this be a question for Ted. I am almost 62 years old, female, 5'6", weigh 128 lbs and loosing more, and most miserable with this 24 hr condition.

Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines

Hi Eileen...The fact that you have taken Tapazole medication for 8 years might explain alot.

Here is a description of many of the side-effects from Tapazole:

"Major adverse reactions (which occur with much less frequency than the minor adverse reactions) include inhibition of myelopoieses (agranulocytosis, granulocytopenia, and thrombocytopenia), aplastic anemia, drug fever, a lupuslike syndrome, insulin autoimmune syndrome (which can result in hypoglycemic coma), hepatitis (jaundice may persist for several weeks after discontinuation of the drug), periarteritis, and hypoprothrombinemia. Nephritis occurs very rarely.

Minor adverse reactions include skin rash, urticaria, nausea, vomiting, epigastric distress, arthralgia, paresthesia, loss of taste, abnormal loss of hair, myalgia, headache, pruritus, drowsiness, neuritis, edema, vertigo, skin pigmentation, jaundice, sialadenopathy, and lymphadenopathy."
-- Taken from RxList

Tapazole seems to be a drug with wide and quite serious side-effects to the liver, kidney and intestines.

From what you describe as your symptoms, you might have what's called Sjogren's Syndrome.

EC Dry Mouth Remedies

EC Sjogren's Syndrome Remedies

A white tongue can also indicate dehydration -- more water needed. You describe that you have a creamy white coated tongue which could also indicate Oral Thrush or Intestinal Candida or both. If the creamy white coating is just on the front of your tongue then this might mean just oral thrush but if this creamy coating extends to beyond the back of your tongue or is patchy, then there's a good chance you might also have candida in the intestines.

If you have had any recurring yeast infections, eczma, athlete's foot, psoriasis, bloating, constipation, low energy etc. -- these can all be indicators of candida(as was the case for my own candida problem).

Sjorgren's and Candida

It might be worth checking to see whether both your saliva and urine are acidic -- using pH strips bought at the chemist. This will also tend to confirm body acidity and candida.

Replied by Eileen
Sumter, Sc, Usa

Hi Bill,

Sorry I have not responded sooner. Thanks for your reply. Just read it today. Lots has happened with family and myself since I contacted you in April I was hospitalized twice in last month for Diverticulitis (upper left colon) of which I am not sure that is my real problem. I had surgery Oct 2008 to remove 8 inches of my lower colon. Only had about 6 months of freedom from digestive pain. I now have consistent lower abdomenal pain that started in May after my Dry burning mouth started. Everything has been negative for female and bladder conditions. Also was tested for Sjogren's in April. Came back negative. Seems though that my symptoms are very similar to Sjogren's with the lethargy and digestive symptoms. Had 24/7 severe nausea, ab pain with ocassional vomiting for 2 months prior to hospitalization. My dry, burning mouth was almost gone until I was loaded with antibiotics while in hospital. The dry mouth has returned with a vengance. I am also being treated for severe anxiety which is enhanced from external circumstances. I drink approx. 64 oz of water daily. At time of hospitalization I weighed 112 lbs. Am now up to 118 lbs. I had considered the tapazole and was wondering if I should have redioactive iodine to irradicate the hot nodule that is causing the hyperthyroid. Think some of the anxiety comes from that even though blood tests are normal. Then I would have to deal with hypothyroid and keeping that in check. I have always been very active and full of energy. Walked 3 miles and climbed 500 steps daily. Have done woodworking, carpentry, plumbing, drywall, and you name it, I have done most every thing. Fortunately I have a new gastro/surgeon specialist who does not believe in massive antibiotics and unnecessary surgery. I am now at 180 degrees of what I was spring 2009. I have tried grapefruit seed extract liqud but not sure the brand I have is the purest first letter S last letter Y. Surely there is an answer with something natural that God provided for us on this earth. I know God does not intend life to be this way.

Got any more suggestions? Will be most grateful.

Replied by Diane
Berkeley, Ca

Your situation sounds complicated. I had Burning Mouth for about four months a few years ago, and what helped me was:
1. Lots of water (even though it tasted metallic and bitter)
2. Olive Leaf Extract
3. Allergy medication (I think it was steroidal) for sinus issues I was having - never had allergies before or since, but I took this for two months and I think it helped. As a short-term fix it made me feel a lot better. Mine went away coinciding with our rainy season which makes me think it was some kind of airborne allergy. I also had some digestive problems at the time, but nothing like you mention.

Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines

Hi Eileen... In the old days doctors used to treat both hypo- and hyperthyroidism quite successfully with Lugol's Iodine. Read this link:


This article -- from the most current research from Dr Abraham's Iodine Project -- covers the older use of iodine, safety, history and something called "iodophobia" or the origins of the current fear of too much iodine intake. This fear of iodine has been spread by the modern modern medical fraternity in order that other more dangerous synthetic drugs -- ie Synthroid, Thyrogen etc. -- might be used instead of the cheaper iodine(which can't be patented), thus allowing more profit for the drugs industries.

You can treat both hyperthyroid and hypothyroid with lugol's iodine(using much larger doses than are recommended with the RDA).

If your TSH levels are normal with the thyroid output high, then your current "hot area" of the thyroid may be caused by excess flouride uptake rather than iodine uptake. This causes thyroid resistance in the iodine receptors which may cause this thyroid area to overproduce and upset the thyroid hormone balance in the regulating feedback loop. You can read all the research articles from the Iodine Project -- which is the most current research on iodine use and dosage -- from this link:


Iodine will remove dangerous flourine and bromine form your body -- including your thyroid, so taking lugol's iodine is beneficial and healing in this respect. Your readings of the Iodine Project iodine dosages for hypertyroidism will give you some idea of the necessary dosage of iodine to take for hyperthyroidism -- and will generally be in dosages over 100 times more than the current RDA for iodine.

Borax also removes excess flouride from your body. See this link for Borax use:


I also believe that you should do all you can to avoid letting the medical fraternity kill off your thyroid with dangerous radioactive substances. If this happens, then you will be taking synthetic drugs as recommended by the medical fraternity for life. You will also probably have incurable problems from hypothyroidism and become totally reliant on these thyroid drugs. Read the rest of research from The Iodine Project here:


Replied by Eileen
Sumter, Sc

Hi Bill,

I have gotten my dry mouth under control for most part but am now presented with another problem. I visited my endocronologist last week. He did an ultrasound on my thyroid. The 1 in. X.5 in. nodule on my left thyroid lobe is now the size of a small egg and I have one larger than a quarter on my right lobe. He has scheduled a visit with a surgeon and planning to have the thyroid removed. Also I don't think my thyroid produces anywhere except the hot nodule on the left. He mentioned that I had what he called holes in the ultrasound where the thyroid has died out. I am very uncertain about the total removal of my thyroid. Have been reading some of the symptoms of thyroidectomy and doesn't sound good. I have dealt with depression and anxiety since I went thru menopause and that is the same time my thyroid started to act up. I lost 43 lbs before anyone would give me medication. I am at 5' 6" and weigh 130 lbs. And get very sluggish if I gain as much as 5 lbs. Those who are heavy for their height are always telling me I need to gain weight. Are there any alternatives I can take to keep from having the surgery? Is there something that I can do to reduce the nodules and get my thyroid operating properly? I was surprised it had grown so even though I was taking medication. It has been 4 years since I had an ultrasound. Thanks in advance for your reply.

Replied by Beatrice P.

I would suggest you detox your body by taking Chorella and Bentonite Clay. Eat no carbs for a week, no flour, just greens including sprouts. No sugar. A little chicken and no red meat. I did this a time back to clear a spot I had on my lungs. Good luck.

Posted by Howard (Cessnock, Australia) on 03/12/2009

Dry mouth: When I lay down to sleep my mucous membranes in my mouth become VERY dry and the inside of my top lip sticks to my teeth.My tongue becomes dry as if I have have an extended time on the "booze" ,something I have never done. On standing up the "juice" flows again into my mouth. OK I know I am a mouth breather and have been all my life but this has only become a problem in the last 2 years and its getting worse. It wakes me four or five times each night. I have a few sips of water, everything is fine for a short while and then it starts all over again. Can anyone help?

Replied by Joan

Bill, I don't have dry mouth quite as badly as you, but lately I have been waking up with a parched mouth. The one thing that stops it is if I drink a tall glass of water before going to sleep. That means I have to get up in the middle of the night to pee, but it gives me another chance to rehydrate with more water. Let me know if this helps!

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
512 posts

Hello Howard,

You are giving a perfect description of my mouth in the morning when I become a mouth breather secondary to a stopped up nose. I think the answer to your problem is finding the answer to why you are a mouth breather! If your nose stays stopped up all the time, start looking for the answer by leaving off all smelly stuff like perfumes, after shaves, colognes, etc. If this helps you also need to avoid other people wearing smelly stuff. Usually if a nose is clogged all the time it is from an allergy if there is no malformation of the nasal passages.

The second thing I would leave off in search for the basic problem is smelly soaps. Hope you find the problem and can become a nose breather and get rid of your problem.

Replied by Kim

Hi, I have the exact symptoms you stated, with the dryness at night and salivating upon standing or sitting up. I realize this was posted some time ago but I was wondering if you found anything that helps. Thank you kindly, Kim

Posted by Todd (New York, NY) on 02/27/2009

I drink alot of water everyday...it's the only thing I drink. Even drinking all this water my mouth still feels dry.

I brush my teeth every morning after breakfast and every night before I go to bed. My question is how come my mouth always feels dry afterwards...it never feels fresh and "alive" sort of speak. :(

Also I always get this build up of white film on my gums or teeth which I think is just nasty. Shortly after brushing my teeth I can run my pinky finger across my gums and this white film just accumaltes... :(

I stopped using commercial toothpaste/mouthwash a couple of months ago. I came across a natural toothpaste and mouthwash(it's called THIEVES)and it worked great(the first time I used it my mouth felt fresh and alive for the first time...it was great) but it was just too expensive to keep getting. So I went searching for another natural toothpaste...found one so tried it out. It's made up of like 21 herbs. Tried it and no good. My mouth feels like I haven't had a drink in 2 days...my mouth was just really dry and the white film came right back.

So how do I get rid of this dry mouth feeling after I brush my teeth AND how do I get rid of this white film(which is on my gums or teeth).

Thank you for any help.

Replied by Sabrina
San Antonio, Tx

I was experiencing the same thing! I was constantly thirsty. I drank 3 gallons of water a day once. I even tried the WATER CURE which added sea salt to your water but it required waayy too much salt and I ended up more thirsty.

What has helped is adding 1/16th of a teaspoon of quality sea salt to each cup of water. I went from drinking 2 gallons of water to 1 gallon (which is good since Im working out and living in a hot environment).

I think its a good idea to get tested by your Doc b/c excessive thirst is an indicator of diabetes.

Replied by Babs
Ottawa, On

Don't be so cheap! Buy the natural toothpaste :) it's worth it... Helped me big time to solve dry mouth!

Replied by Taffy Valley
Santa Cruz

Dry mouth is much better now with chipmunk style org. fennel seeds. I just tuck 5-10 seeds above teeth and now, ta-da, I salivate at night. I feel increasing my mineral intake helps too. Also, drinking plenty of water...and when I don't remember, I drink 3 glasses at bedtime.

I'm also making my own tooth paste from coconut oil, baking soda, EO, xylitol and just looked up DIY mouthwash after reading your post.

I have lots of essential oils (EO) including Cinnamon, Peppermint, Spearmint, Myrrh and Clove which I'll use (2 drops of ea). Based on the recipes I found, I'll add a good mineral salt, xylitol, citric acid and distilled water. Maybe some colloidal silver, too.

You could buy a few oils (they'll last a long time) or a bottle of thieves or good Samaritan oils and DIY. But beware! DIY is addicting. Fun. Cheap. Just be careful to use clean jars and the natural preservatives.

Replied by Lynda

Other options besides biotene... that's full of CHEMICALS. THKS

Replied by Larry
Fairfax, Va

Keeping in mind that when I last visited my internist, I mentioned that for the last 4 days or so, I wake-up with a very dry mouth. I mentioned to him that I presently have a cold with a back-drip; he advised me to sleep with my head raised. The next morning, I no longer had a dry mouth!

Replied by Michele
Baltimore, Maryland

I add the sea salt to my oatmeal... is that the same?

Fennel Seeds

Posted by Lorica (New Albany, Indiana, Usa) on 01/22/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Dry Mouth & Dry Eyes Help

My problems with dry mouth started when I began taking an anti depressant. It only affected me when I would lie down to sleep. The dryness was so bad that it was seriously interfering with my sleep. I do not like the idea of taking things with sugar, sugar substitutes or any kinds of chemicals and putting them into my mouth to stop the dryness, tho when I did give in and try some OTC products, they didn't help much. What has helped dramatically with dry mouth has been fennel seed, organic. Right before bed I take about 1/2 tsp. and chew it a little to soften it, then use my tongue to tuck the seeds under my upper & lower lip, between there & the teeth. The flavonoids in the fennel causes me to salivate, but not to a bothersome extent. Sometimes the little seeds fall down onto my tongue at night, but that doesn't hurt anything & I never have come close to choking. Works every time! For dry eyes, I noticed one commercial product had castor oil in it, & some kind of chemical. Every night before I got to bed I wet my finger with castor oil, not so that it is dripping wet. Then I rub the inner side of the lower lids with the oil, close my eyes & roll my eyes around. It helps a ton!


Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 10/03/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I saw some fresh ginger at the grocery store today and picked some up. I used a thumb sized amount to make some tea. I sliced it up and added hot water and honey. After enjoying the tea I have been munching on the fresh ginger. It is very spicy! And wow, does it promote salivation. I suspect this would be quite helpful for those who suffer from dry mouth!

Replied by Tina

Hi MtM, Ginger is great for chai. In the cold season, we Indians make chai with a thumbnail-sized piece of crushed ginger. This is put into the water that is boiled for the tea and can be strained after steeping. Make sure to add milk either with the water or after straining the ginger, otherwise it will curdle the milk. I boil water and milk together with the crushed ginger.

I've found that candied ginger can be used to make ginger chai when fresh crushed ginger may not be available. In a cup of hot water add a piece of candied ginger ( I get mine from Trader Joe's) and let it steep. You can also steep a tea bag - black, green, rooibus or herbal - along with it. It's delicious and can ward off any germs while traveling in a closed space such as an air plane.

Thanks for all your helpful tips over the years! God bless.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Posted by Aceofspeeds (Middleton, Wisconsin) on 02/20/2012
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

Hello all, Recently I started taking Flexeryl for back tension. One bad thing about this drug: for the last three days, I had the most HORRIBLE dry mouth you could ever get! I felt like I was choking and gagging all the time, and had that compulsive desire to swallow every couple seconds that really started to get on my nerves. In addition, this morning I woke up with a painful and sore tongue and an irritation of the lower lip. Later today the lip got swollen; also I lifted up my tongue and discovered that sublingular glands are tender and swollen, too.

I started to get anxious but then saw a bottle of hydrogen peroxide, the type you can use for "oral debridement" or 3%. I took a sip and started swishing it around in my mouth. The liquid almost instantly turned into foam (which means that bacteria are being killed), and I had to spit it out and get a new portion. This time the foam appeared only after 10-15 seconds. I repeated the procedure two more times, and looked at myself in the mirror. My mouth already looked much better and healthier, and my salivary glands were working! The effect did not last too long, however this is still a good "quick fix" if you want to eat, for example.