Canker sores are mouth ulcers that can occur on the inside of the mouth and can be very painful. It is possible that the sores are caused by tissue injury of some sort such as accidentally biting the inside of the cheek or lip or the use of dental appliances such as braces of ill-fitting dentures. In some cases, certain citric or acidic foods can also trigger canker sores.
The sore typically starts off as a red patch of skin that becomes progressively inflamed and develops a yellowish or white spot in the middle. The pain from the canker sore usually abates in a few days and the ulcer can heal without treatment in a week or so. However, since the spot does become very sensitive and painful, you can try some natural remedies to find relief from the discomfort of canker sores.
1. Make an At-Home Numbing Spray
Treat your canker sores with a DIY numbing spray by using a blend of essential oils. It is known that both eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils possess anti-inflammatory properties and can also act as anti-microbial agents that can lessen the risk of infection. In addition, both these oils have cooling properties that can numb the affected area for temporary relief from pain.
To make the spray, use 10 drops of peppermint essential oil and 8 drops of eucalyptus essential oil mixed with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Pour the mixed oils in a glass mister bottle, shake and spray onto the affected area.