11 Home Remedies for Canker Sores

The following are the most effective home remedies for Canker Sores – Coconut Oil,Sage Herb,Chamomile,Cayenne Pepper etc.


  1. Oil extracted from the coconut, has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory characteristics. It is also not unpleasant, if swallowed or ingested. A thick layer of this oil, applied on the wounds arising due to canker sores, aids in healing. Since coconut oil melts rapidly and is hence, difficult to manage, it might be thickened with beeswax, the ratio not exceeding by more than 50%.
  2. A herb, Sage, from the mint family has diverse medicinal uses in the practice of Homeopathy. It is also widely used for cooking purposes. Historically, the medicinal characteristics of this herb, were used as a remedy for various disorders occurring within the mouth. Sage has been observed to aid in cleansing the mouth and healing ulcers, or canker sores.
  3. Generally, Chamomile is advised for aiding in relaxation and digestive process. German Chamomile has a substance called bisabolol, alternatively called levomenol. This substance had been observed to decrease the inflammation and it also has antiseptic characteristics. These qualities make German Chamomile ideal for treating canker sores induced pain. It also shortens the healing time.
  4. A variety of pepper Cayenne has a compound called capsaicin. This compound makes peppers hot and additionally, it disables the Substance P that is credited for transmitting the pain signals. By disallowing the transmission of pain signals, cayenne becomes an effective pain reliever that also makes them a remedy for canker sores. However, this solution might result in intense discomfort initially.
  5. Essential oils extracted from peppermint or eucalyptus has astringent / anti-inflammatory characteristics and probably is anti-microbial, as well. These oils aid in tightening the tissue circling the wounds and decrease the associated symptoms arising due to the swelling. Additionally, they prevent the possibility of acquiring secondary infections.
  6. The medicinal characteristics of clove oil are universally acknowledged, apart from being of historical significance. Oil derived from cloves have eugenol, a powerful pain-reliever and is hence used in various dental treatments. Drugs advised for oral pain often have eugenol as a salt. This oil in combination with olive oil, may be applied directly on the sores to reduce the associated pain.
  7. Fermentation converts milk into yogurt. The fermentation implies transformation of carbohydrates into organic acids leading to a bacteria dense food. Yogurt is good for the intestinal tract and if consumed regularly, guards against canker sores. Yogurt simply restores the bacterial balance in the mouth, lack of which may result in a host of oral disorders, including canker sores.
  8. Honey is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory substance. Applied generously on the wounds, it decreases the inflammation arising due to canker sores. Also, it tastes good. To heal the canker sores, several applications of pure organic honey ia advised every day. The remedy is observed to heal relatively rapidly, if the mouth is cleansed prior to applying the honey.
  9. If one or few sores, rub against the teeth / braces / dentures, lubricating the latter with wax, is advised. Lubrication prevents the friction from further irritating the canker sores and aids in speeding the process of healing. A lubricant made out of beeswax and a few drops of coconut / olive oil is easy to apply however, care should be taken that the combination does not end sticking to crypts & crevices.
  10. Aloe vera is an excellent natural remedy for wounds and rashes. It is often popularly used as a shield against sunlight. The gel extracted from aloe vera plant has a healing effect on canker sores, despite its rather offensive taste. The extract of this plant can be mixed with water and gargled like a regular mouthwash a few times every day to heal canker sores.
  11. A balanced dietary intake and good oral hygiene not just treat canker sores but also prevent them.