Home Remedies for Mouth Ulcer

Written by Vanessa Jones, B.A  | 

Article Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team on Jul 12, 2019

What is Mouth ulcer?

A mouth ulcer is a painful sore in the mouth. It appears on the tongue, the lips, and the gums or inside the cheeks. The first sign of the sore may be a tingling, burning sensation inside the mouth. They can occur either singly or in clusters. They are usually white or yellow in color, surrounded by red halos. Usually, they heal within 7 to 10 days. There are 3 types of ulcers:
  • Minor ulcers

  • Large ulcers

  • Herpetiform ulcers (where one can have up to 100 very small painful ulcers)

Common Causes of Mouth ulcers

  • Nutritional deficiencies such as iron, vitamins, especially B12 and C

  • Poor dental hygiene

  • Food allergies

  • Stress

  • Infections, particularly herpes simplex

  • Biting the cheek

  • Hormonal imbalance

  • Bowel disease

  • Skin disease

Home Remedies for Mouth Ulcers

Tip 1:

Grate some fresh coconut. Extract the milk and gargle with this 3-4 times a day.

Coconut Milk Cures Mouth Ulcers

Tip 2:

Keep 1 glass of chilled water and 1 glass of hot water ready at hand. Gargle alternately with hot and cold water.

Tip 3:

Boil 2 cups of water. Add 1 cup fenugreek leaves and remove. Cover and keep for some time. Strain the water and gargle 2-3 times a day.

Tip 4:

Boil 1 tsp of coriander seeds in 1 cup of water. Remove when slightly warm and gargle. Repeat 3-4 times a day.

Tip 5:

Chew on 5-6 tulsi (holy basil leaves) and sip some water. Repeat 5-6 times a day.

Tip 6:

Eating raw tomatoes helps rid mouth ulcers. Can also gargle with tomato juice 3-4 times a day.

Tomatoes Help Get Rid of Mouth Ulcers

Tip 7:

Mix 7 parts of sugar candy (mishri) with 1 part of camphor. Apply on the blister.

Tip 8:

Mix a pinch of turmeric powder to 1 tsp glycerine and apply.

Tip 9:

Rinse your mouth with a paste made of licorice and water to treat mouth ulcers.

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012345, India

Iam girl..my age is 23... i have mouth ulcer every 15 to 20 days in a month... i can't eat ,speak,drink water.. im crying many days for this problem..please solve my problem..first , i have this pblm only in my mensus days,but now i have this pblm lot of days...

SGG28, India

Tip 9: Add 1 table spoon of Salt to 1 Glass of Water, mix it wel and gargle your mouth with this water salt act as a good disinfectent

Karthik_Kumar, India

I am facing mouth ulcer problem from my childhood, I have not found good solution for this.

Meg_Sa, Australia

First understand the cause for the mouth ulcer and then try to reconciliate this cause. For example, I am allergic to wheat and whenever I have it I get sore mouth due to ulcers. So I do not eat wheat. Next try to have papaya - if you get constipated at the same time of having ulcers. You ulcers will heal faster. Try to drink lots of water and if possible do have oranges or mandarins or lemons in your everyday diet. Hope this helps.

amara, India

I am facing mouth ulcer problem from my teen age,I have not found good solution for this, I am in marketing job, i feel very difficult to talk, please help me