Tackling Mouth Ulcers

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Mouth ulcers, also called canker sores, develop as clusters or as a single sore on the inner lining of cheeks, lips and gums. The common causes of mouth ulcers include excessive intake of pitta aggravating foods and spices like black pepper, chilli, acidic fruits and veggies, deficiency of iron and Vitamin B12, constipation and stomach disorders. Here are some home remedies that can provide instant relief, naturally.

Guava Leaves

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Chewing of guava leaves several times a day or having its paste help to get rid of mouth ulcers. Alternately one can prepare a decoction by boiling guava leaves in water, let it cool and then use it to rinse mouth.

Mulberry Juice

Mulberry juice has a soothing effect and reduces the inflammation due to ulcers.

Saline water

Adding salt to warm water and rinsing mouth with it not only helps to reduce the pain and irritation but also heals the sores.

Coconut Milk and Coconut Oil

Coconut milk can be mixed with honey and applied to the sores. Anti-inflammatory compounds in coconut oil also help reduce the swelling. 

Coriander Seeds

Rinsing mouth with water boiled with coriander seeds, also helps.

Raw Onion

Chewing raw onions several times a day is a very good remedy for the sore.

Licorice

Licorice extract made by boiling licorice root in water can be added to warm water and used as mouth wash.

Honey

Honey lends moisture to the ulcers preventing it from becoming dry and uncomfortable. 

Apple cider vinegar

One tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with half a cup of water can be used as a mouth rinse.

Garlic

Gently rubbing garlic clove on the ulcer for a minute or two and rinsing mouth thoroughly with water after 30 minutes helps treat ulcers.

Turmeric and glycerine

Turmeric can be added to glycerine and applied on the ulcers to reduce their size and resultant pain and also heal the sores.

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