14 Ways To Get Rid Of Canker Sores in Mouth Overnight and Fast: Have you ever had a painful sore in your mouth? Did it make it hard to eat or cause a lisp? Did it take weeks to go away? If so, you probably had a canker sore. Aphthous stomatitis, commonly known as canker sores, are small ulcers that appear in your mouth typically at the base of your gums. They can also appear on your tongue, the inside of your lips and the lining of your cheeks.
They are mysterious in origin but genetics, stress, faulty immune responses, biting the inside of your lips or cheeks and braces rubbing on the inside of your mouth can all contribute. So, let’s know about how to get rid of canker sores in mouth overnight and naturally.
How to get rid of canker sores in mouth overnight: Common Signs and Symptoms of canker sores:
- A tingling or burning feeling on the inside of your mouth 24 hours before it appears
- A yellow, grey or white hole with a red outline appears in your mouth
- The sores are painful and may make it hard to eat or drink
You may also experience uncommon signs and symptoms of:
- Feeling sluggish or run down
- Swollen lymph nodes
If you are suffering from these sores never fear for below we have compiled 14 of the most effective, natural home remedies for the treatment of canker sores.
DIY Peppermint and Eucalyptus Numbing Spray:
Both eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and astringent properties that work to relieve discomfort and swelling. They work to tighten the tissue around the wound and numb the nerve endings that are causing pain.
To use: Add 2 tablespoons of olive or grapeseed oil with 10 drops of peppermint essential oil and 8 drops of eucalyptus oil to a glass mister bottle. Spray directly onto the canker sores for pain relief as needed. Ensure you shake before each use.
Chamomile Tea Bag
Chamomile is best known for its sleep and relaxation promoting properties. It also works as an antiseptic and reduces discomfort, pain, and inflammation.
To use: Soak a chamomile tea bag in water for 1 minute and then place the soaked tea bag on the cankers sores for 5-10 minutes. Repeat this twice daily.
The handy kitchen herb can also effectively treat canker sores. It holds calming properties that provide instant relief from the inflammation and pain.
To use: Add 3 teaspoons of dried sage to 2 cups of boiling water and allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature and then use the mixture to rinse your mouth. Repeat this 3 or 4 times a day.
Alternatively: Place sage leaves in an airtight glass container filled with water and leave in a cool, dark place for 24 hours. Separate the liquid from the leaves and use the liquid to swish around in your mouth. Softly pound the leaves into a pulp and place the pulp on the canker sores for around 5 minutes. Rinse your mouth with cold, plain water and repeat daily.
Clove essential oil contains a potent painkiller called eugenol, which has been used to bring pain relief by dentists for decades. Nowadays dentists use eugenol in its pure extracted from but clove essential oil is still commonly used for oral pain from toothaches to canker sores.
To use: Wash out your mouth with warm or salt water to allow the clove oil to really sink in. Use a cotton ball to apply a couple of drops of clove essential oil to the affected area.
Alternatively: You can mix 1/2 a teaspoon of olive oil with 4 or 5 drops of clove essential oil and soak a cotton ball in the mixture. Place the cotton ball on the canker sores for 5-8 minutes to numb the pain.
Honey is not only a delicious treat but it also works as a soothing substance with antiseptic, antibacterial and potentially anti-inflammatory properties. Use organic raw honey for the most beneficial effect.
To use: Apply a thick dab of honey on and around the canker sores, it may hurt for a few minutes but it will then ease the pain. Repeat this several time a day.
Wax Tooth Cap With Coconut Oil
This remedy is for canker sores that keep rubbing against one of your teeth, your braces or your dentures. Putting a small amount of wax capping over the affecting surface will help reduce friction and speed up the healing process. Coconut oil has been the biggest health and beauty secret of the decade. It works to treat canker sores due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also extremely tasteful!
If you are using this over braces its important to make the mixture thick enough so it doesn’t stick inside your brace.
To use: Meltdown 1 tablespoon of beeswax and 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and then allow to cool slightly. When it has cooled, carefully place a dollop over the affecting area to prevent the sore from rubbing.
Cayenne Pepper Paste
Cayenne contains a substance called capsaicin which inhibits Substance P – the chemical that lets you feel pain. Because of this cayenne temporarily numbs your nerves and gives relief from the inflammation and pain.
To use: Mix a small amount of cayenne pepper with a little water and make a paste. Apply the paste directly to the canker sores. Initially, you may feel some irritation but it will soon reduce the pain. Repeat this twice daily until the sores are gone.
Alternatively: Find some sweets that are made with cayenne pepper to relieve pain.
Aloe Vera is not only a miracle for soothing sunburn but a treatment for canker sores (and more) as well. It is packed with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and curative properties that work to relieve the pain and inflammation and speed up the healing process.
To use: Use the gel from a fresh aloe vera leaf and apply it to the canker sore. Repeat this several times a day.
Alternatively: You can mix a tablespoon aloe vera gel (the natural kind) with a tablespoon of water and swish it around your mouth three times a day or rinse youth mouth with aloe vera juice three or four times a day.
Eat Yogurt and Other Fermented Foods
Yogurt and other foods such as sauerkraut are created by bacterial fermentation. This process produces strains of healthy bacteria that work to restore the balance of gut flora, which is important for strong immune systems. These foods also work to balance the bacteria in your mouth which if out of balance can contribute to canker sores.
To use: Simply eat the fermented foods!
Warm Salt Water
Salt works to draw out the fluid from canker sores through a process called osmosis. When the fluid is drawn out the pain and puffiness is reduced. The salt also works to keep the area clean while the warm water also soothes the pain. It also speeds up the healing process.
To use: Mix half a teaspoon of salt with half a cup of water and stir it well. Use the mixture to rinse your mouth, swishing around for at least 30 seconds, then spit it out. Repeat this four or five times a day.
Additionally: You can place a pinch of salt directly on the canker sore – this will cause pain but will help speed up the healing process.
Coriander is an amazing treatment for canker sores. It has antiseptic, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that work to reduce the discomfort and pain caused by the sores.
To use: In a hot glass of water, boil a handful of coriander leaves. Strain the mixture and allow the water to cool. Use the lukewarm water to gargle and repeat three or four times a day.
Alternatively: You can add a teaspoon of coriander seeds to a cup of boiling water, allow it to sit for a while and then strain it. You can use this to rinse your mouth three or four times a day. You can also drink the juice from fresh coriander leaves multiple times a day. Keep it in your mouth for some time before swallowing so the juice can heal the canker sores.
Baking soda is another beneficial ingredient in the treatment of canker sores. It works to neutralize the acidity in the mouth, soothing the pain and decreasing the inflammation.
To use: Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with a little water and make a paste. Apply the paste to the sores using either a cotton ball or your fingers, let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse your mouth with lukewarm water. Repeat this three or four times a day.
Alternatively: Mix two teaspoons of baking soda with a glass of warm water and rinse your mouth. Repeat this four or five times a day.
Tea Tree Oil Mouthwash
Tea tree oil works as an antiseptic and an antibacterial and is just as effective as skin disinfectants in curing canker sores.
To use: Put 10 drops of tea tree oil in a glass of water and use to rinse your mouth like mouthwash. Repeat this three or four times a day.
Alternatively: Put 2 drops of tea tree oil in half a tablespoon of water and apply directly on the sore. Repeat this two or three times a day.
Onions contain a compound called sulphur that helps reduce pain and inflammation and heal canker sores.
To use: cut an onion into small pieces and gently press one piece onto the sore for a few minutes ensuring the juice absorbs into the skin.
Repeat this three or four times a day.
Alternatively: extract the juice from an onion or make a paste out of an onion and apply it to the area as instructed above. You can also eat one raw onion a day to help treat and prevent canker sores.
If you have used any of these or any other home-remedy treatments for canker sores, please let us know in the comments section.