When I was about 9 I had a rather severe accident that involved jumping a ramp on my bicycle and well landing on my face. As a result, I’ve worn dentures since. I take very good care of them but no matter what occasionally I do get canker sores as a result of rubbing and generally I get them when my immune system is a little low, it’s a warning system for me that a cold is likely coming. I haven’t found any natural way to completely heal canker sores but I have found some relief with various home remedies. This is my favorite all-natural canker sore relief method and it’s made from ingredients you most likely already have in your kitchen pantry.
All-Natural Canker Sore Relief Rinse
- 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
- 1 Tablespoon Salt
- 4 ounces Warm Water
Mix everything in a small glass until the baking soda and salt dissolve. Rinse your mouth out by taking some sips and swishing around making sure that the solution hits the canker sore often. Spit and repeat until the solution is gone.
Use this solution about 3 times a day. It seems to speed healing a little bit and take the edge off the stinging and general discomfort of the canker sore as it heals.
Note: This solution does sting a bit, the salt water on the canker sore causes a slight stinging / burning sensation. As an adult it doesn’t bother me, it actually feels kind of good on the sore tissue. If you’re using it to treat children, I would advise using a little less of the salt and baking soda to water ratio until you know how it feels to them.
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Thursday 1st of October 2015
Thank you so much for this post. My 8 yr. old was able to go to sleep last night without tears of pain. She said it felt so much better after her "swishing" remedy. She wants to tell you she is grateful to you for making this recipe. This morning she said it still feels better. She was able to enjoy her favorite breakfast; toasted bagels and cream cheese. And she could brush her teeth without the pain.
Homespun Seasonal Living
Thursday 1st of October 2015
Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and tell me that it worked for your daughter. I'm so very pleased to know that it helped!
Thursday 25th of September 2014
I always use a pinch of cream of tartar applied directly.
Sunday 20th of April 2014
I have a remedy to add. Licorice root is amazing for canker sores. I buy it in the bulk herb section of our local health food store. I steeped it in hot water and drank like a tea, occasionally holding it in my mouth. It took away the pain and disappeared quickly. Maybe give it a try next time. I will add yours to my "medicine chest" Thanks!
Monday 21st of April 2014
Thank you so much for the tip! I'll be giving that a try.
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage
Friday 3rd of January 2014
I pinned this one. Thanks!
Monday 30th of December 2013
My daughter had a painful one recently. She's only just turned 3 and hasn't mastered the art of "swishing" so I had to use a dropper to apply to the sore. I started with calendula tea and salt. I also applied raw honey. But using coconut oil seemed to help the most- 3-4 times a day and it was so much better the next day and gone after 3. I never thought of baking soda though, I'll have to keep that in mind for next time!