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Essential Oils For Canker Sores
If you’ve ever experienced a canker sore, you’ll know how painful and upsetting it can be. If you haven’t had one, perhaps you’ve heard about them.
Canker sores are ulcers which form at the base of the gums. These can either be just one sore, or they can appear as groups. The ulcer is a red bump which tingles, stings and burns. The ulcer will eventually burst after a few days, but eating or drinking without pain can be very difficult.
Canker sores can appear for many reasons and can be as simple as being run down or lacking in particular nutrients. The good news is that you can treat canker sores with certain essential oils to help speed up the process and reduce the time you need to deal with the discomfort.
Wild Oregano Essential Oil
Wild oregano oil is a powerful essential oil with many properties that can help reduce the time spent dealing with the misery of a canker sore. Application is easy, but it may sting a little.
Add just one drop of the wild oregano oil to the canker sore and allow it to stay there for 10 minutes. You should then repeat this a few times until the sore disappears. Most people find it takes no more than two or three applications for the sore to disappear, but the oil will help to numb the pain in the meantime also.
Often used for toothaches, clove oil is also a good option for getting rid of canker sores. The oil may burn slightly when applied to the sore, but the feeling should disappear quickly, and you shouldn’t experience pain from that moment.
Again, add one drop of clove oil to the sore and allow it to soak for a few minutes. You should notice the pain disappears quickly, and the sore should shrink and disappear within a few applications.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree is used for countless conditions, but it can also help effectively numb canker sore discomfort. The powerful antibacterial properties can also help to cleanse the area, therefore cutting down on the duration of the sore.
All you need to do is add a few drops of oil to the sore and wait a few minutes. However, make sure you don’t accidentally swallow any of the oil while adding it to your sore, as it can cause discomfort to the stomach.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender has long been a favourite in the essential oils world and is ideal for relaxation and sleep. Despite that, lavender is also good for canker sores, numbing pain, and cleaning out the area with key antiseptic properties.
Most people can use lavender oil, and buying a bottle of this will certainly be a good value for money because you can use it widely for many other issues. A few drops of lavender oil on your pillow could help you sleep better too!
As before, add a drop or two to your canker sore and be careful not to swallow any of the oil whilst you’re doing so. Let the oil soak in and you should notice that the pain numbs quickly.
Lemon Balm Oil
You might see lemon balm oil referred to as Melissa oil, but they are similar. This essential oil has powerful antibacterial properties and can greatly speed up the time you’ll suffer from the canker sore. Add a couple of drops to the sore and allow it to soak. You should do this a few times daily and the sore should improve quickly.
Lemon balm oil is considered one of the best essential oils for canker sores, so this is certainly one oil you should try first.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Another essential oil which is widely used for a variety of different issues is eucalyptus oil and it is a very powerful natural anti-inflammatory with antimicrobial effects. You will find eucalyptus oil is recommended for many different infections located in the mouth and teeth, and it is useful for canker sores too.
A few drops of the oil directly on the sore will numb the pain and help to reduce the chances of the canker sore recurring in the future. The antimicrobial effects will also tighten up the area and clean everything out.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint oil is often used for various health problems, including congestion during bouts of a common cold. Still, it has very powerful anti-inflammatory properties and antimicrobial effects, making it ideal for helping with canker sores.
When applied directly with a couple of drops, peppermint oil will clean the area out and tighten up the area so that the sore shrinks faster than it would do otherwise.
Peppermint oil works very similarly to eucalyptus oil in this regards. You’ll also notice a numbing sensation which will relieve the pain whilst the sore is still there.
Not one of the most common essential oils, thieves oil is ideal for canker sores and helps reduce pain and inflammation, whilst tackling the bacteria at the same time. This oil is a blend of different oils together, including lemon, eucalyptus and rosemary, to name a few.
All you need to do is directly add a drop or two to the sore and allow it to soak for a few minutes.
Helichrysum Essential Oil
Another useful oil is helichrysum oil, which will give you almost instant relief from the pain and discomfort of a canker sore. Simply add no more than three drops to the canker sore directly and wait for a couple of minutes. The area should become numb, the pain should therefore reduce, and after a short time, the canker sore should clear up.
Essential oils are useful for various issues, and provided you are careful with which one you choose and that you dilute when you need to, they can be very effective overall. Always ensure that you check you don’t have any allergies to the oil you choose and follow the instructions.
Never use more than advised. However, you will find that these particular essential oils are very useful for helping rid canker sore problems and reducing pain whilst the sore is still evident.