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Each of us, at all ages, have probably had a painful canker sore in our mouths at one point or another. Some people are particularly afflicted with these open sores that can take several days to heal, and actually interrupt regular eating and even routine dental work. Over the years of sharing our detox tea, we’ve learned more from people who come to us for help with them.

Can Heavenly Father inspire ways to heal? Yes!

One of our customers, Peggy Johnson, wrote to us:

An article you published on canker sores brought back memories of my growing up, I had repeated episodes of 15-20 sores in my mouth, throat and tongue over and over from 7 to 12 years of age. I could not eat or sleep normally.   One day, when I was 11, I prayed for help thinking that God knew everything and would know what to do. My answer was to stop going to doctors and instead of taking any other kind of medicine, every time I did not feel well (I had many recurring bouts of strep throat and ear infections 4-5 times every winter). I should put fresh lemon juice in warm water and drink it through the day, every day, until I felt better.

I did not understand how that would help but I obeyed and did it. After a while there were no more sores!  As an adult, I have learned that the massive doses of antibiotics I had been given by doctors for the sore throats etc. had been connected to the canker sores and the lemon juice helped to heal both problems…God is so good to us!

Isn’t that marvelous? For a child to be inspired like that? Truly God IS so good to us!

Here’s some science behind the common canker sore. According to the Mayo Clinic:

The precise cause of canker sores remains unclear, though researchers suspect that a combination of factors contributes to outbreaks, even in the same person.

Possible triggers for canker sores include:

  • A minor injury to your mouth from dental work, overzealous brushing, sports mishaps or an accidental cheek bite
  • Toothpastes and mouth rinses containing sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Food sensitivities, particularly to chocolate, coffee, strawberries, eggs, nuts, cheese, and spicy or acidic foods
  • A diet lacking in vitamin B-12, zinc, folate (folic acid) or iron
  • An allergic response to certain bacteria in your mouth
  • Helicobacter pylori, the same bacteria that cause peptic ulcers
  • Hormonal shifts during menstruation
  • Emotional stress

Canker sores may also occur because of certain conditions and diseases, such as:

  • Celiac disease, a serious intestinal disorder caused by a sensitivity to gluten, a protein found in most grains
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Behcet’s disease, a rare disorder that causes inflammation throughout the body, including the mouth
  • A faulty immune system that attacks healthy cells in your mouth instead of pathogens, such as viruses and bacteria

Their mention of Celiac disease, and Inflammatory bowel, Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis tells us that canker sores are somehow linked to bowel and colon health. So it makes sense that clean bowels would mean reduced canker sores, which is why people often find their canker sores vanish after using our detox.

The painful sores will usually heal by themselves, but here are some ideas for pain relief while they do. Just head to the kitchen and see what you’ve got. There’s bound to be a remedy here that will help in a hurry!

  1. Fresh Lemon juice!
    Just follow the advice of Peggy Johnson, and squeeze fresh lemon into warm water and sip on it through the day. We’ve learned there is a great healing value of sipping slowly a healing liquid over a period of hours to act like a “slow and gentle wash” rather than gulping it all at once. Sipping allows healing!
  2. Chamomile Tea Bag
    Chamomile consists of several daisy-like plants that are most commonly used to induce sleep, promote relaxation, and help with digestion-it works a treat with cramping since it can help relax painful spasms in the digestive track. A chemical compound called bisabolol, or levomenol, is found naturally in German chamomile, and has been shown to reduce inflammation and also have antiseptic properties. Both of these properties will help reduce the pain of canker sores and potentially help speed the healing process.

    You will need…
    -1 bag of chamomile tea, or a tablespoon of dried flowers wrapped in cheesecloth
    -Fresh water
    Soak the chamomile in water for 1 minute or so if using a teabag, and 3-4 if using dried flowers. After soaking place it directly against the sore for 5-10 minutes twice daily to help relieve discomfort and promote speedy healing.

  1. Coconut Oil
    When in doubt, use coconut oil! Anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and also incredibly tasty, coconut oil is almost fail-safe when it comes to getting rid of canker sores.

    You will need…
    -Coconut oil
    Using clean hands or a cotton swab, dab a liberal amount of coconut oil onto the sore. Try to get a somewhat thick layer or clump on there-coconut oil melts rapidly and a thin layer just seems to slide right off. If you feel like you really can’t get it to stick, melt 1 tablespoon down with ½ teaspoon or so of beeswax to thicken it.

  1. Clove Oil Cotton Ball
    Clove oil contains eugenol, a potent painkiller, and has been used by dentists throughout decades to bring relief to patients. All those old-time depictions you see of dentists with giant pliers and their patients appearing to be in agony? They clearly forgot the clove oil. Eugenol is still used today, although in a pure extracted form, but clove oil remains useful for oral pain ranging from toothaches to canker sores.

    You will need…
    -1/2 teaspoon of olive oil
    -4-5 drops of clove essential oil
    -Cotton balls
    -Warm water/salt water
    Swish your mouth with warm water or salt water to get the area clean, allowing the clove oil to really sink in and do its job. Mix the clove oil with the olive oil and then soak a cotton ball in it. Apply the cotton ball directly to the sore for 5-8 minutes for numbing relief.

  1. Honey Rub
    With its antibacterial, and potentially anti-inflammatory, properties, raw organic honey makes a wonderfully soothing coating for a painful canker sore.

    You will need…
    -A wee dab of organic raw honey
    -Warm water
    Swish some warm water in your mouth, and then apply a thick dab of organic raw honey directly to the sore. Reapply 2-3 times daily (at least one of those times should be before night, as it seems to do best when you aren’t bothering it by talking or eating.)

  1. Wax Cap
    If you have a sore that keeps rubbing against your tooth, or if you have braces and or dentures that are irritating the sore, putting a little wax “capping” over the surface can help reduce irritating friction against the sore and help speed up the healing time. If you are placing this over braces, it’s important to make it thick enough that it doesn’t just get ground into the brace and stuck.

    You will need…
    -1 tablespoon of beeswax
    -2 teaspoons of coconut oil
    Melt down the beeswax and coconut oil and allow the mixture to cool slightly. When it has cooled, gently press a dollop over the edge of your tooth/braces/dentures to protect the canker sore from rubbing.

  1. Cayenne “Cream”
    Cayenne contains a substance called capsaicin, which is the same chemical constituent that makes it “hot.” Capsaicin can inhibit something called Substance P, which is responsible for mediating pain responses in the body. Because of this, cayenne makes a great home remedy for canker sores, even though it sounds like the opposite thing you’d want to use!

    You will need…
    -Cayenne pepper
    -Warm water
    -Cotton swabs
    Mix just enough warm water with ground cayenne pepper to form a thick paste. Use a cotton swab to apply directly to the canker sore. Reapply 2-3 times daily for pain relief.

  1. Aloe Rinse
    The king (or queen) of soothing plants-aloe! The gel from this magnificent plant wields mighty powers when it comes to soothing not just sunburn, but canker sores as well. Make sure you use natural gel-not the green kind.

    You will need…
    -1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel
    -1 tablespoon of water
    Stir the gel into the water and swish it gently over the sore 3 time’s day to ease the pain and facilitate healing.

  1. Warm Salt Water
    When the salt content around cells is greater on the outside than the inside osmosis takes place, with water being drawn from in the cells to help balance out the concentration. When water is drawn out, the painful puffiness that excess fluid can cause is diminished. If you have a canker sore that is really puffed up that keeps rubbing or that you keep biting, gargling with salt water can help greatly. This is also why salt water gargles help with a sore throat-reducing the painful swelling of the cells in the mucous membrane at the back of the throat. The warm water also produces a general sense of soothing relief, while the salt may help keep the area clean.

    You will need…
    -1/4 cup of warm salt water
    -1/2 teaspoon of salt
    Stir the salt into the warm water and swish it around in your mouth 3 times daily until the canker sore is gone.

  1. DIY Numbing Spray
    Peppermint and eucalyptus essential oil both have anti-inflammatory properties, while also possibly working as anti-microbial agents (thus reducing chance of infection.) astringents to help tighten the tissues around the wound, relieving further discomfort caused by swelling or potential fluid buildup. The cooling properties of both of these oils can also numb the nerve endings that are firing off.

    You will need…
    -2 tablespoons of olive or grapeseed oil
    -10 drops of peppermint essential oil
    -8 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
    -A glass mister bottle
    Pour the olive or grapeseed oil into a glass mister bottle, and add the essential oils. Cap, shake well, and spray some directly onto the canker sore as needed for pain relief. Shake before each use.

Many thanks to Claire Goodall and for these suggestions. Like Peggy Johnson, she learned that “After many years of many medications and many side effects and various complications with them, I realized that there were other ways to heal and maintain a healthy life. I began to see more and more that our world is becoming dependent on these medications that, in all reality, can end up doing more harm than good.” She continues …

“I am not a doctor by any means, but I hope to share my own experiences and what I’ve learned from them with other people. I want to spread knowledge on natural remedies, and restore faith in our roots. While it is true not all natural or home remedies will work, they aren’t the lump of useless folk lore many people pass them off to be.”

I agree with her! Our bodies, true gifts from God, are amazing, and so are the all-natural resources to help with the ups and downs of taking care of them!

Carolyn Allen is the Author of 60 Seconds to Weight Loss Success, One Minute Inspirations to Change Your Thinking, Your Weight and Your Life, available HERE.

She has been providing mental and spiritual approaches for weight loss success both online and in the Washington, DC community since 1999 presenting for Weight Watchers, First Class, Fairfax County Adult Education and other community groups. She and her husband Bob are the parents of five children and grandparents of ten. They are now happy empty nesters in Jackson Tennessee, close to Memphis where they center their online business, a very helpful herbal detox in keeping with the Word of Wisdom.