Dry Mouth Remedies

| Modified on Jun 08, 2022
Coconut Oil
Posted by Janice (Coloma, Mi) on 11/13/2009

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.

Posted by Peanut (Dallas, Texas) on 05/01/2011

Hi, I was having a lot of trouble with dry mouth, dry nose, dry tongue, burning mouth. I had tried everything: hormones, B vitamins, iron, etc. It caused me to have a lot of anxiety and sleepless nights. The only thing that has helped me is potassium. I started taking a potassium supplement of around 600 - 1000 mg. a day. Also, high potassium foods: fruit juices, cantalope, V-8 juice, tomato juice. Once my potassium levels came up, the dry mouth started going away, also acid reflux, and stomach, digestion problems. Hope this helps someone.

Brushing With Glycerin
Posted by Art (California, Usa) on 08/04/2015 2089 posts

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

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!

Cayenne Pepper
Posted by Kate (London, Ontario, Canada) on 09/23/2020

Once again, a huge thank you to Earth Clinic and it's amazing community of contributors! Lately, I've found myself waking up in the morning with a dry mouth that seems to persist throughout much of the day. I think it's from drinking coffee - I only ever have one cup first thing in the morning but it seems to wreak havoc on my mouth! This is probably liver related and I try to abstain from drinking it but if I often can't help myself, and then, sure enough, I seem to wake the following day with dry, garbage mouth. Today was particularly bad so I consulted my favourite website in the world (dun dun dun Earth Clinic! ) and found that some dry mouthers like myself have had success with cayenne pepper. Sure enough, I just mixed about a teaspoon in a small cup of water and swished it around my mouth and swallowed and I immediately feel heaps better. I'm definitely going to continue this for several days and see if I can knock it completely whilst still being able to enjoy my morning cup of joe! With gratitude, Kate

Raw Sauerkraut
Posted by Danny (Seattle, WA) on 08/29/2014

I posted this Raw Sauerkraut remedy in the Thrush section, then I realized I should post it here too. Thrush and dry mouth go hand in hand. Having a dry mouth definitely sets up a bad environment for candida to fester. I've only been eating Raw Sauerkraut for a very short period of time - less than 2 weeks - and already my thrush is gone and I realized, so is that dry mouth feeling! Incredible!

Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 10/03/2017

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!

Diffuser With Eucalyptus Oil
Posted by Sue J (Western Australia) on 01/05/2016

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. :)

Coconut Oil
Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Philippines) on 11/17/2009

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!!

Black Walnut Wormwood Tincture
Posted by Maiyah (Eagle Moutain, Utah) on 03/08/2022

Dry mouth after taking OTC cold medicine. This is my first time posting, so hope this gets to the right place. After taking a cold medicine for a month, I developed dry mouth. Never had dry mouth till then, and now I realize I shouldn't have taken the cold medicine for a month.. I tried almost all the posts for potential aid for dry mouth on Earth Clinic, but so far none have worked for me, although many aid suggestions for other ailments I have gotten from Earth Clinic have greatly helped me, which I am very thankful for! . Then as I did more research, I came across a website that stated that one of the benefits of wormwood supplement (not plant food) helped with sweating production. I rarely sweat, except my face.

The thought came to me if that supplement helps with sweat production, maybe it can aid in saliva moisture production. I purchased a bottle of liquid wormwood and it helped immediately that night. I've been taking it for a couple of weeks now. When I don't take it, I have dry mouth again. I'm hoping eventually the dry mouth will be gone without having to continue taking a supplement. What I purchased is “Green” Black Walnut Wormwood Complex” by NOW. I take 1 or 2 drops when I nap in the afternoon and the same before going to bed at night. It works every time I take it.

Posted by Tina (Princeton) on 10/04/2017

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.

Dry Mouth Causes
Posted by Dawn (Fort Worth, Texas) on 05/28/2015

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.

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

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.

Posted by Alvamyrdall (Nashua, Nh) on 05/10/2012

Soon as I saw Potassium for dry mouth it immediately light the bulb on me & ran to CVS. Before I start the car coming back I took two pills. In half an hour I felt the change immediately. For the last 3 months I am bedridden with acid reflux & heartburn usually from pm to sundown & fatigued. I also googled saliva & read a bunch of articles about it. I think saliva is very well underestimated. I came to a conclusion that having no sufficient amount of saliva results to malnutrition. As most PCP would say that to counteract dry mouth is drink water, is comparing that the only function of saliva is for lubrication alone. Water is way far off as a substitute for saliva. As saliva is understudied & underestimated I think there is more to saliva than the medical community knows. If electrolytes, enzymes, the naturally occuring antibodies are present in saliva there must be a huge reason behind it that Mother Nature decided so. Therefore I took two pills of K & another one before I ate supper. In 3 months it's only today that I didn't have heartburn & no fatigue. I wouldn't be surprise if my gluten intolerance has something to do with saliva/ dry mouth. I just bought a K CVS brand. I'll keep you posted. Thank you so much to all of you for taking a time documenting what works & shared. I am deeply grateful.

Posted by Rsw (Uniontown, Oh) on 11/17/2014


Try a product called XyliMelts (40 tablets for about $10 OTC at a pharmacy). They adhere to the mouth and last a long time for dry mouth. They release 500mg of Xylitol, which may help prevent cavities which can be a consequence of dry mouth. They are not a cure but may provide some relief until you find one. Recommended by people with Sjoren's syndrome. Best wishes.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Janice (Coloma, Mi) on 11/14/2009

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.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Desy (Ny) on 09/25/2021

The terrible thing about baking soda is if you are not careful it will deplete you of potassium and you can end up in ER.

Vitamin E, Vitamin A
Posted by Karen (Alpharetta, Georgia) on 10/06/2009

Dry Mouth Cured With Vit E Carotene

I couldn't sleep and I would cough because my mouth was so dry. I had to drink water all night. Vit. E and Vitamin A (carotene) has alleviated the symptoms almost completely. My eyes aren't as dry either. Vit E (400) in the dry form is more effective and it enhances the effectiveness of the Vit. A.(25,000) I tried Vit A (carotene) alone and it didn't work. It needs the help of vitamin E. I take it every day.

Cayenne Pepper
Posted by Anon (Not Canada) on 09/24/2020

Fresh oranges, peaches, mango, or pineapple might work, too. When I drink clove/nutmeg tea it makes my mouth dry. Water doesn't help but orange juice does.

Fennel Seeds
Posted by Anne (Hawaii) on 02/18/2020

Chewing on fennel seeds is very helpful for dry mouth. They are tasty too.

Potassium, Vitamin E
Posted by Cynthia (Ca) on 05/30/2014

Dry Mouth: I just want to say I came across this website and it is a blessing... I have tried both potassium and vitamin e. About 5 hours later I started feeling the difference. I would have sleepless nights and anxiety and beginning with depression. My tongue is feeling much better I am salivating again.. You don't know how this is changing my life.. I am getting my life back..

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