Natural Treatments for Canker Sores

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Many of your positive attributes come to you via your family tree. Your genetics and ancestry are responsible for the things you are good at to a large extent. If you can run really fast, you have a great brain, or you are naturally physically healthy, a lot of that is due to your ancestors. There is a flip-side to that positive experience, however.

Some things you inherit from your predecessors are certainly nothing to write home about. Concerning canker sores, if your parents, grandparents and others in your family suffer from this problem, there is a better than fair chance you will have to deal with this condition as well. Then of course there are environmental factors and dietary contributors to the development of canker sores.

To define a canker sore, it is basically a benign ulcer that develops on the inside of your cheeks, on your lips, below your tongue or on your gums. Oval or round in shape with a reddish border and yellow or white center, canker sores do not appear on the outside of your mouth, like fever blisters or cold sores. They can unfortunately be painful and present a problem when talking or eating. To treat canker sores, the following natural remedies have proven effective.

Honey (raw and unfiltered is best)

Honey has been used since ancient times for multiple medicinal and healing purposes. Peter Molan has been studying the health-boosting properties of honey most of his adult life. He is the founder and head of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato, in New Zealand. He explains that honey has anti-inflammatory properties that are perfect for treating mouth ulcers.

Rinse Away the Pain, and Speed the Healing

Rinsing your mouth with saltwater or baking soda and water is a simple and instant solution to pain, and speeds up the healing process.

Ice Chips

Chipped ice held in the mouth as close to the canker sores as possible provides immediate pain-relief.

Avoidance

Avoid spicy foods and citrus fruits and juices, as acidic foods can aggravate the condition.

Chamomile and Sage

Sage and chamomile herbs, either taken as a tea or used as essential oils, effectively treat the pain of canker sores as well as help them heal.

Juice it up

Fresh cantaloupe, celery and carrot juices have proven effective for treating canker sores. Make sure you choose natural juices, organic if possible, without sugar, sweeteners and other additives.

Supplement the Solution

Taking a vitamin B complex and/or iron supplement daily can aid in the pain-relief and healing processes.

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Essential Oils to Help Heal Herpes Blisters

Essential oils are created by distilling the "essence" of plant material. Roots, flowers, leaves, branches and stems of trees, flowers and other plants yield preventive, medicinal and treatment properties for a number of health conditions. There are more than 90 recognized essential oils, many of them having been used for thousands of years to improve physical, mental and emotional health. Herpes has been around just about as long as man has, and there are several essential oils which have been used for centuries to treat and heal herpes blisters.

The blisters and sores which accompany a herpes outbreak can be present on and around the mouth, as well as the genitals, the anus and upper thighs. When blisters are present, herpes is at its most contagious. During a herpes outbreak, these blisters and sores can break and dispel a discharge, and can be very damaging psychologically and emotionally, as well as physically painful. Keep the following essential oils in mind if you need to heal herpes blisters and minimize the pain which can appear during an outbreak.

Lavender

The lavender plant is visually attractive, with an unmistakable green and purple appearance. The unassuming lavender plant is responsible for what may be the most versatile and powerful essential oil. Lavender is used cosmetically and in hundreds of perfumes because it smells so pleasing. Lavender essential oil can treat a number of conditions, is known for its stress-relieving properties when inhaled or applied topically, and works wonders for herpes blisters.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is extremely good for you in so many ways. You can use it in the kitchen, and in a number of cooking and mealtime applications. It is great for your skin and hair, has been linked to weight loss when taken regularly, and can shut down the active state of herpes blisters for as many as 24 hours.

Oregano Oil

Oregano oil is another versatile essential oil, if not as well-rounded as lavender. It has been used for herpes relief for centuries. It not only can send sores into remission and ease the pain which accompanies herpes blisters, but it additionally stops the herpes simplex virus from growing inside the host's body. The United States Department of Agriculture has stated that they have research which shows oregano oil cannot only treat and heal herpes symptoms, but it also defeats Salmonella and E. coli, and prevents them from spreading.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is an essential oil that can stop herpes blisters dead in their tracks. Instead of blisters appearing for 2 to 4 days during a herpes outbreak, the application of tea tree oil can reduce the outbreak to just 12 to 24 hours.

Always use a very small number of essential oil drops mixed with some type of carrier oil when used topically. Additionally, elderberry, calendula, echinacea, garlic, astragalus and licorice root essential oils all work well for managing herpes blisters. They also help lessen the number and frequency of blisters as well.

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