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How Basil Can Soothe Mouth Ulcers


Mouth Ulcers can be very common and are often nothing to worry about, try some home remedies to soothe your symptoms

Mouth ulcers are rarely anything to worry about, and with the help of our natural remedies will likely clear up by themselves within a week. They can be painful though, and need time to heal, so you should avoid anything that irritates the mouth whilst you have them.

Although this is rare, an ulcer that does not heal, can indicate something more serious, and is actually one of the more common signs of mouth cancer, so it is important to get this checked out. Make an appointment to see either a dentist or your doctor if your mouth ulcer, lasts longer than three weeks, if it keeps coming back, or if it becomes more red and painful as this can indicate an infection.

It is common for mouth ulcers to appear inside the mouth, on the cheeks, lips or tongue. You might have more than one ulcer at a time, and these can change in size. Although there are things you can do to help treat them when they are there, it is not always possible to prevent them from happening. Common causes of mouth ulcers include, biting the inside of your cheek, badly fitting dentures, braces, rough fillings, or a sharp tooth, cuts or burns, a food intolerance or allergy, damaging your gums with a toothbrush, feeling tired, stressed or anxious, hormonal changes, such as pregnancy, your genes, long term health conditions, a vitamin B12 or Iron deficiency, medications, and finally if you stop smoking.

Salt Water:

Salt water will naturally disinfect your mouth, which makes it a great remedy for mouth ulcers, and will help to relieve pain and speed up the healing process.

Simply dissolve one teaspoon of salt into half a cup of warm water, before swishing this around your mouth for 30 seconds. Spit the solution out afterwards and rinse your mouth thoroughly with fresh water afterwards.

Fenugreek leaves:

Fenugreek is more commonly found in curries, but it has a number of different health benefits as well. It can help to boost your immune system, because it is packed full of vitamins and minerals, including, Riboflavin, Zinc, Iron, Vitamin C, Calcium, Carotene, and Phosphorous just to name a few.

It is also praised for being effective at helping the healing process of ulcers as well. You can make a great remedy that can be applied directly to your mouth ulcer, by placing 1 teaspoon of Fenugreek seeds into one cup of cold water. This can then be swished around your mouth to soothe your symptoms.


Studies suggest that basil actually has anti-microbial properties, which can prevent infections and help to calm mouth ulcers.

You can either add some fresh leaves to your meals, chew on leaves in between meals, or even make a simple mouth wash by soaking the leaves in hot water, and then swishing this around your mouth.

Cayenne Pepper:

This might seem like a really crazy idea. Adding something spicy when you have a mouth ulcer, which can really irritate an already sore mouth. However, there are properties in cayenne pepper that can actually help to soothe mouth ulcers.

This is all thanks to the capsaicin, the main property in cayenne pepper, and incidentally what gives it its spice. You can easily make a paste that can be applied directly to the mouth ulcer by mixing cayenne and water together to make a paste, before using a cotton bud to apply it directly to the mouth ulcer. This can be applied two to three times a day, and will help relieve the pain, and help to heal the ulcer quicker.

Baking Soda:

Baking soda is an alkaline, which can then help to neutralise the acids in your mouth that can then irritate your mouth ulcer. On top of this, it will kill the bacteria that is found in your mouth, which can help to allow your mouth ulcer to heal more quickly.

To make an effective remedy, simply mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda in half a cup of warm water, before swishing this around your mouth. Rinse well with fresh water afterwards.

Apple Cider Vinegar:

This is a common ingredient used in home remedies and can treat a number of different health complaints. The acid that is found in the apple cider vinegar can help to reduce the number of bad bacteria in the mouth, all whilst maintaining healthy oral flora. This in turn can then help to heal mouth ulcers.

To make a homemade mouthwash, simply mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water, before swishing it in your mouth. Swallow this mixture afterwards, as it can work wonders for the digestive system, however, be sure to dilute it beforehand.

Chamomile Tea:

Chamomile is well known for its ability to help relax you and to aid healthy digestion. On top of this, it has also been shown to contain different chemical compounds that have antiseptic abilities.

Drinking chamomile tea can have really soothing results for mouth ulcers and can help to speed up the healing time of them. Either drink the tea or place the tea bag on the mouth ulcer directly.

Clove Oil:

Clove oil is a well-known remedy for tooth ache, but it is also really effective at soothing mouth ulcers. It will help to numb the pain, thanks to the active ingredient eugenol.

You can either apply clove oil directly to the mouth ulcer, or you can make a mouth rinse. First of all, swish your mouth out with salt water, before applying half a teaspoon of olive oil to a cotton ball. Top this off with 4 or 5 drops of clove oil, before applying this directly to the mouth ulcer for up to ten minutes.


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