by NativeRemedies on September 22nd, 2010 at 3:10 pm
When I was a little girl, it seemed that every time we ate one of my favorite foods- french fries, I couldn’t enjoy them because I had a canker sore. The truth is, I used to get canker sores fairly often.
Not to be confused with cold sores, canker sores are painful blisters that occur inside the mouth due mainly to a weakened immune system, hormonal fluctuations and nutritional deficiencies. While canker sores usually go away on their own, they can be quite painful. Here are some things you can do at home to help them heal faster.
Gargle with warm water and salt. Sea salt is the best option but table salt will work as well. Mix a full teaspoon of salt in ½ a cup of warm water and mix well. Let the water sit in your mouth making contact with the canker sore for about 3-4 minutes. Repeat at least 3 times.
Apply Tea Tree Oil. Tea tree oil should be a fixture in anyone’s natural first aid kit. This natural antiseptic oil is derived from the Australian tea tree and available in most drugstores, markets and health food stores. Applying tea tree oil will help prevent infection. It is quite strong, so apply only 1 drop to affected area.
Keeping your immune system strong is important to prevent the recurrence of canker sores. For complete and effective immune system support try ImmunityPlus™
Taking a vitamin B supplement may also help since studies have shown people who tend to get frequent canker sores have a deficiency of VitaminB12.