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Although canker sores are often small in size, they can be extremely painful. Canker sores are small red bumps with yellow and white centers that can form inside the mouth, lips, cheeks, throat, and on the tongue.

Some common symptoms of canker sores are a tingling or burning sensation near the affected area, swollen lymph glands, fever, and sluggishness. They can be caused by mouth trauma, excessive stress, poor diet, hormonal changes, a compromised immune system, a food allergy or vitamin deficiencies.

Canker sores are not contagious and typically disappear within two weeks without treatment. For quick pain relief, hold a small ice cube directly over the sore and allow it to melt slowly. Ice will not cure the problem, but it will make you feel better.


There are many more simple home treatments to ease the pain and irritation associated with canker sores and promote faster healing.

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Here are the top 10 home remedies for canker sores.


1. Honey

Honey is an extremely soothing substance that can help relieve the pain and inflammation caused by canker sores. Also, you can combine it with turmeric as it has antiseptic properties.

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  • Mix together one teaspoon of honey and one-quarter teaspoon of turmeric powder. Apply the paste on the affected area and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • You can also apply a teaspoon of honey all around the affected area to ease pain and inflammation associated with canker sores.

2. Coriander

Coriander has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antifungal properties that can effectively alleviate symptoms of canker sores.

  • Boil one teaspoon of coriander seeds or leaves in a cup of water. Strain the solution and then use it to rinse your mouth, three or four times a day.
  • You can also drink the juice from fresh coriander leaves. Do not swallow it immediately. Try to keep it in your mouth for some time, so the juice can bathe the affected areas.

3. Licorice Root

The medicinal properties of licorice root are very effective in treating canker cores. One active ingredient in licorice root is glycyrrhizin, which has anti-inflammatory properties that can calm and soothe the affected area.

  • Soak one tablespoon of crushed licorice root in two cups of water for two to three hours and use the solution as a mouth rinse.
  • Applying licorice root extract to canker sores can also reduce their size and speed up the healing process.

4. Moist Tea Bag

A used tea bag contains tannic acid, a kind of astringent that helps reduce pain and inflammation and speeds up the healing process.

  1. You can use either a black or a green tea bag. After making a cup of tea, put the wet tea bag in the refrigerator for a few minutes.
  2. Press the chilled, wet tea bag gently over the canker sore for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Do this two or three times a day until the canker sore is gone.

5. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties along with many curative powers, including antibacterial properties, that can help ease the pain and get rid of canker sores.

  • Extract the juice from the meaty portion of an aloe vera leaf and apply it directly over the canker sore. Do this several times a day.
  • You can also rinse your mouth with fresh aloe vera juice three or four times a day. If fresh aloe vera juice is not available, you can use the packaged version readily available in the market.

6. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil contains antiseptic as well as antibacterial compounds that are very effective skin disinfectants and can help treat canker sores. Use of tea tree oil also minimizes the risk of further occurrences of canker sores.

  1. Depending on the severity of the sore, make a solution of five to 10 percent tea tree oil and water in a glass.
  2. Use the solution to rinse your mouth.
  3. Do this two or three times a day until the canker sore goes away.

Medic for Canker Sores was last modified: June 19th, 2017 by Top10HomeRemedies

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14 thoughts on “Medic for Canker Sores”

  1. I agree with the ice treatment, I stumbled on that one. Also, Listerine mouthwash helps reduce pain. It won’t speed up the healing, but if you need to eat your meals without experiencing pain when a piece of food or a spice crosses the cancker sore, apply some Listerine to the cancker sore. Heads up, you will experience about 10 seconds of real intense pain that will bring tears to your eyes. If you can grit your teeth through this pain, you will find that Listerine temporarily blocks the nerves and you will have no pain on your cancker sore for about an hour.

  2. Due to a weak immune system, I used to get canker sores all the time. Try using Sensodyne (or the generic version) toothpaste because the ingredient ‘Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)’ which is in other toothpastes actually cause canker sores in some people….Sensodyne does not have it. If I do get the occasional sore, I keep diluted hydrogen peroxide around and just poor some on my toothbrush each time I brush until the sore is gone…works every time!

  3. Whenever I get a canker sore, I always make a cup of hot black tea, wring out the teabag then press & hold the hot teabag into the sore, for as long as I can stand it. Then drink the tea. It helps the pain immediately & usually after doing this 2-3 times, the sore is completely gone after a couple days.

  4. Salt works great too..hurts like no tomorrow but it’ll go away…wet finger, stick it in salt and rub as hard as you can in the sore..sounds crazy but it works

    1. Switch to sensodyne toothpaste. I used to get so many all at once, but since I switched to sensodyne, I have only had one in a couple of years.

  5. I must try all of those cause now there are no much pain only the smell of my mouth is very bad ahahahh… i wish i can get the cure please help me…

  6. thanks I just want to try all of these together!! just to make it the pain go away. Dentist told me I must keep my denture in…on top of the sore. and only take it out at night…it is agony …I long for the evening when I can get some relief.

  7. thank you very much for the information. i should try this since i have been suffering this canker sores for a month….

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