Canker Sores are always very painful, irritating and persistent. Canker sores are in fact a kind of ulcers which occur mostly in places that are out of sight. They generally appear in tongue, base of the gums, inside the lips or cheeks. This is different from the cold sores which occur on the lips and surroundings.

Canker sores attack, in general, the areas of soft tissues inside the mouth. While cold sores are results of virus attacks, canker sores are not. Canker sores are not contagious as well. Canker sores mostly occur due to the deficiency in the immune system and also due to the unhygienic maintenance of mouth and other parts of the body. There are many types of creams and medicines that are available in the market to counter the Canker sores. In fact there are many home based herbal remedies for Canker sores that are effective and easy to use.

Typically canker sores won’t last long. Automatically they get cured. It is true that when the canker sores exist, patient will find it very uncomfortable and find it difficult to take food and drinks. Especially they will not be able to take spicy and hot food at all. If you go for any allopathic medicines for sores, particularly creams, most of them are not suitable for application inside the mouth. The other option is intake of antibiotics and analgesics. These are very much harmful to the health in general. Herbal remedies for canker sores can be applied inside the mouth and it can give immediate relief. Some canker sores are caused purely due to the deficiency of some vitamins and also due to some chemical materials available in the toothpaste, say sodium lauryl sulfate, which you use every day.

  • One of the best home based simple techniques to reduce the bad effects of canker sores is keeping lukewarm salt water in the mouth for sometime and gurgling. This can be repeated many times in a day.
  • Taking plenty of green leaves from the food items is one of the prime herbal remedy for countering canker sores. Green leaves can be taken as raw as well as prepared. Cabbage, cauliflower, spinaches and other leafy vegetables have anti-canker sore properties.
  • Aloe juice is a very good option for rinsing the mouth. The mouth rinse with aloe juice can be repeated many times a day.
  • Plain yogurt consumption is a good treatment for canker sores, the acidophilus in the yogurt improves the immune power of the body and hence canker sores are countered.
  • Drumstick leaves can be made as a paste and applied over the canker sores. There will be some bitter taste for this paste. But it is always an effective herbal remedy for canker sores.
  • You can apply clove oil directly over the regions of canker sores and this will numb the sores.

All of the above herbal remedies for canker sores are well proven to be effective and have been in use from time immemorial. These are all very cheap and can be obtained from the kitchen shelf or from your backyards.