Mouth ulcers (Stomatitis in Medical terminology) is a common problem that is very irritating and painful. These open sores are white in color, surrounded by an inflamed red border and appear on the lips, under the tongue and inside of the cheeks. However, these ulcers are cured normally within a week or two by applying some simple home remedies. But if it persists more than 3 weeks, it should be referred to doctor for investigation.
Home Remedies for Mouth Ulcers:
1. Terminalia Chebula:
Terminalia chebula (Harad in Hindi) is a wonderful herb that has lots of health benefits. Simply by chewing a black Chebulic Myrobalan after meal, you can get rid of ulcers in mouth due to indigestion.
2. Basil for Mouth Ulcers:
Basil is a easily available plant that has lots of medicinal properties. Eat 5-7 basil (tulsi) leaves twice a day- morning and evening and drink some water after it. It cures ulcers and also bad breath with a regular use of one week.
3. Suhaga for Mouth Ulcers:
Do you know, Suhaga (borax powder) also has many medicinal values? Yes it is. Take 2 gm of roasted borax powder at first and mix it with 15 gm of glycerin. Now apply this on the open sores thrice a day; it cures ulcers (chhale) naturally without medicine.
4. Mishri & Camphor:
To cure ulcers, make powder of Mishri (rock sugar) and mix some camphor (kapoor) in it. Apply this powder on the ulcers; it is very effective remedy to cure ulcers, especially for kids.
5. Black Cardamom Seeds & Mishri:
Cardamom (elaichi) is good to cure oral infection like- ulcers.
- At first, collect some black Cardamom seeds and Mishri.
- Peel the black cardamom and remove its seeds.
- Then grind black cardamom seeds and rock sugar (mishri) to make fine powder.
- Put a pinch of this powder on your tongue to cure open sores of mouth.
- Repeat it for 3-4 times in a day.
6. Coconut Milk for Mouth Ulcers:
To cure ulcers in mouth, mix one tablespoon of coconut milk with some honey. And apply this mixture on the affected area.
7. Sea salt and Hydrogen peroxide:
To cure ulcers, take one glass warm water, mix two tsp sea salt and 3% hydrogen peroxide in it and use it as mouth rinse (do not swallow) once or twice till the sores (ulcers) disappeared.
8. Baking Soda for Mouth Ulcers:
To cure mouth ulcers, put some baking soda directly on the sores 4-5 times daily till it completely disappeared.
9. Honey for Mouth Ulcers:
Honey is a good remedy for mouth sores, especially for kids. Put some honey on affected area for several times, till the ulcers cured completely.
10. Amla or Indian Gooseberry:
To cure sores in mouth, gargle with decoction of amla leaves. Simply, boil some fresh leaves in glass of water thoroughly and gargle 3-4 times in a day. Similarly, its root bark is also effective in ulcers of mouth. Mix bark of root (powder) with honey and apply on mouth ulcers 2-3 times in a day. (1)
11. Poppy seeds:
Poppy seeds (khus-khus) are good to cure ulcers due to too much heat in the body. Simply, consume some crushed poppy seeds with some sugar or mishri powder.
Most of the mouth ulcers generally disappeared by using these natural remedies or even left untreated in a week or two. However, if you notice an ulcer that is persistently present although it does not cause you any pain, do not ignore it and go to your doctor for treatment. Home remedies given above are for the purpose of knowledge only; they are not substitute of any medical treatment
All the above ingredients- poppy seeds, honey, Black Cardamom seeds, Misri, baking soda, Chebulic Myrobalan (chhoti harad), camphor, suhaga (borax powder) and sea salt- can be bought from grocery shop or super market. Basil leaves are available almost in every house or neighbourhood.