If you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to suffer with a mouth ulcer, right away, you’ll know just how painful and debilitating they can be. Mouth ulcers are basically painful and tender sores located in the mouth, that can either appear individually, or in groups. They generally cause a painful, tingly, and burning sensation, and can make everyday tasks such as eating and drinking, very painful ordeals indeed. If you’ve tried various over the counter creams and medications but are still suffering, why not go the natural route? Here we’ll be taking a look at a few natural home remedies for mouth ulcers, so take a look, try them out, and see how you get on.
1. Natural liquorice root
Liquorice root is one of the best home remedies for mouth ulcers that you could ever wish for, and it couldn’t be easier to utilize either. The root actually forms a protective layer on and around the mucous membranes in the mouth, that helps to soothe and calm any open lesions in the mouth, whilst simultaneously helping to reduce irritation. Liquorice root is also packed full of anti-inflammatory properties as well as anti-bacterial properties as well. Simply take a tablespoon of crushed liquorice root, soak it in a cup of water for two hours or so, and use it as a mouth wash several times per day. You should notice improvements in a matter of days.
2. Baking soda
Baking soda, which you may know as bicarbonate of soda, is a very effective natural remedy for mouth ulcers, especially for mouth ulcers caused as a result of the consumption of acidic foods and beverages. This is because the soda actually works to neutralize the acid. On top of that, the soda functions as a powerful anti-inflammatory, helping to reduce painful swelling in the mouth, plus, it can kill harmful bacteria found in the mouth, which could also be contributing towards the mouth ulcer/ulcers. Many people will mix a teaspoon of the baking soda with a touch of water to make a thick paste, before applying the paste directly onto the ulcer and the surrounding areas. This should be done at least three times per day, and it is also worth noting that it may sting when first applied. In terms of effectiveness however, baking soda remains one of the most effective home remedies for mouth ulcers.
3. Fresh basil leaves
Fresh basil leaves not only function as delicious herbs for cooking, it turns out that they are also one of the best home remedies for mouth ulcers that you could ever wish for. Fresh basil leaves provide anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties, plus they too help to reduce painful swelling in the mouth, whilst accelerating the natural healing process. Simply take 4/5 large basil leaves, wash them thoroughly, chew them with a sip of water for several minutes, and spit them away or swallow. Repeat this process in the morning, and in the evening, and you’ll quickly begin to notice an improvement. The basil will also help cure bad breath as it will kill off any bacteria in the mouth responsible for making bad breath odours.
4. Ice cubes
Finally, to help you deal with the pain and swelling caused by mouth ulcers, simple ice cubes are all that you will need. The ice will numb the affected area and will therefore help relieve pain and discomfort. Ideally, you should apply the ice cube directly onto the ulcer as soon as you experience any form of pain or discomfort. One cube should be enough, although if the pain still persists, simply repeat the process again.