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9 Natural Remedies for Canker Sores

by Andreea Laza

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Canker sores can be a real pain and discomfort for everyone, although they aren’t life threatening nor dangerous. Most common canker sores form on gums, lips, tongue or inside the throat and are very unpleasant at touch and sight.

They are often caused by oral administered drugs and others by the throat conditions caused by carbon acid from sodas, sparkling water, ice-cream and so on.

Did you know that canker sores can be passed from animals to humans? 

Before we start, let’s see what you can do to prevent the formation of canker sores with a few tips.

Canker Sores Remedies

How to Avoid Canker Sores

If you have recurring canker sores is best to avoid spices and all the other foods that can sting the damaged oral mucosa.

  • Avoid dairy products as much as possible.
  • Vitamin supplements C, B9 (folic acid), and B complex, as well as minerals such as iron and zinc can be helpful in healing the sores faster.
  • Eat plenty mulberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries when in season.
  • Have as many fruits and vitamins as possible to help boost the immune system.

Canker sores are a dread, that’s why, we will present to you some of the best natural remedies for canker sores that you can safely try at home. Here we go!

9 Natural Remedies for Canker Sores

1. Canker Sores Remedy with Cranberry & Basil

Basil tea is perhaps the best way for treating canker sores naturally and it’s so easy to make and effective. Together with blueberry decoction it’s even more powerful, so here is how to make them.

    • Add 2 tbsp. of basil flowers and leaves into 100 ml of hot water.

Use this infusion to gargle 3-4 times per day.

Prepare a simple cranberry infusion by boiling 10 dried cranberries for 5 minutes in 300 ml of water. Use the infusion for gargles, 3-4 times per day. Continue the treatment until the canker sores have gone completely. Alternatively, apply black tea bags on the sores.

While treating your canker sores with the basil or cranberry infusions, avoid the consumption of alcohol, pickles and spices. Beware of expired toothpaste as well! Go for more natural alternatives in this regard.

2. Bee Hive Produce for Canker Sores

  • Mix together honey with 15% rose syrup or jam + 15% soft propolis extract or propolis tincture 30 %.
  • Adjust the quantities so you get a 100 gr composition.
  • Mix everything well before each use.


  1. Take 4-5 tsp. halves at 2-3 minutes intervals while keeping the concoction in your mouth, on the affected area.
  2. Those with throat canker sores should slowly swallow it.
  3. It’s important that you keep it on the sores as much as possible.
  4. Repeat the treatment 3-5 times per day, depending on the gravity of the situation.
  5. After each treatment don’t eat or drink anything for the following hour.

Regularly, you’ll notice the effect of the treatment in the first day of usage, but you must follow it still, until complete healing, until there’s no more concoction left. It is very important that you use only fresh, organic and high-quality bee hive products, otherwise, the results of the remedy are debatable. The rose syrup or jam should be also made with all natural ingredients as well.

3. Canker Sores Remedy with Baking Soda

When you feel some canker sores emerging take a pinch of bicarbonate in your mouth, moist it with saliva and hold it in for ½  or 1 hour, as much as you possibly can. Spit it out and repeat as many times as necessary.

4. Zinc Chloride (ZnCl2) Remedy

Procure some zinc chloride for dentistry purpose because it has a specific concentration. 

  • Introduce a cotton swab in the substance only once.
  • Pad the sores with it until you count to three.

It’s important to pad only the canker sore area and not go further as well as padding until you count to three.

It will sting a bit, but it’s bearable.

Make sure you use a cotton swab only once, and use a new one every time, because otherwise you will contaminate the solution. Perform this remedy once a day, before bedtime. If you can’t find zinc chloride anywhere in pharmacies, go to a dentist and ask them for a little bit, because it is used for dental materials.

5. Canker Sores Remedy with Methyl Blue

Methyl blue (C37H27N3Na2O9S3) is a simple treatment for oral sores. Rinse your mouth well after each meal with warm water or a tea and then pad the sores with methyl blue.

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6. Clove Tea Remedy

Scald 1 tsp. of dried sage and 2 cloves in 250 ml of hot water. After the tea has cooled down, use it for 3-4 gargles during the day. Continue until the canker sores are gone.

7. Sage Tea for Sores

If you suffer from rectal canker sores, use sage tea for washes. Sage tea is also great for oral canker sores. Avoid hard and irritant foods and take good care of your oral hygiene. After 2 to 8 days, the canker sores should be gone.

8. Salad for Painful Canker Sores

Make a simple salad with Boston lettuce and dress it with garlic, vinegar and some olive oil. Have at least two of these salads daily. It will help you overcome the pain caused by canker sores.

9. Lemon & Honey Water Rinse

Rinse your mouth daily with a mix of lemon juice from one lemon, 1 tsp. of honey and 250 ml of water. There you go!

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