Coconut Oil for Canker Sores Plus 6 Other Home Remedies

Coconut Oil for Canker Sores Plus 6 Other Home Remedies

A couple of days ago I woke up with a canker sore on the inside of my lower lip.  I get them once in a blue moon, less often than when I was younger.  I suspect it popped up because of stress, as things have been a little bumpy lately.  The little blister was annoying – red, sore and constantly rubbing against my teeth.  The bump wasn’t huge, maybe 2 mm across. I googled “Coconut Oil for Canker Sores”, and found that some sites recommended it, so I decided to give it a try.

Since I was taking my tablespoon of coconut oil before breakfast, lunch and dinner anyway, I decided to hold the oil in the front of my mouth as long as possible as it dissolved.  (For those who haven’t read Eat Fat, Lose Fat, the authors recommend taking a tablespoon of coconut oil in warm water 20 minutes before meals.  I usually am on the go so I just scoop some out of the jar and stuff it in my cheek until it dissolves.  Feel free to let me know if there’s a problem with this, but it seems to be working for me.)

After breakfast, the day got busy as usual and I didn’t really have time to focus on the canker sore.  It wasn’t until around 4:30 in the afternoon when I was talking to my sister on the phone that I realized the bump was GONE.  Nada, zip, zilch.  I went and looked in the mirror and all that was left was a red spot and a slight indentation.  By the next morning even that was mostly gone.  The area was just a wee bit darker then the surrounding tissue.  I have NEVER gotten over a canker sore this fast.  I’ve tried over the counter remedies, alum, ice cubes – nothing has worked this fast or this painlessly (alum really stings, BTW).  It could be merely coincidence, but I don’t think so.

My son says I’ve been using coconut oil for everything lately, and it does seem that way at times.  (I’ve recommended it for warts, dry skin, dandruff, thyroid issues, weight loss….)  When something works, it works.  I’m not saying it’s going to work for everyone all the the time, but I’ve seen some very good results and maybe it can help you, too.

What is a Canker Sore?

From webmd:

Canker sores are small shallow ulcers that appear in the mouth and often make eating and talking uncomfortable. There are two types of canker sores:

  1. Simple canker sores. These may appear three or four times a year and last up to a week. They typically occur in people between 10 and 20 years of age.
  2. Complex canker sores. These are less common and occur more often in people who have previously had them.

They continue with information on potential causes of canker sores –

The exact cause of most canker sores is unknown. Stress or tissue injury is thought to be the cause of simple canker sores. Certain foods – including citrus or acidic fruits and vegetables (such as lemons, oranges, pineapples, apples, figs, tomatoes, and strawberries) – can trigger a canker sore or make the problem worse. Sometimes a sharp tooth surface or dental appliance, such as braces or ill-fitting dentures, might also trigger canker sores.

Some cases of complex canker sores are caused by an underlying health condition, such as an impaired immune system; nutritional problems, such as vitamin B-12, zinc, folic acid, or iron deficiency; and gastrointestinal tract disease, such as Celiac disease and Crohn’s disease.

Can Canker Sores Be Prevented?

Although there is no cure for canker sores and they often reoccur, you may be able to reduce their frequency by:

1. Avoiding foods that irritate your mouth – including acidic or spicy foods
2. Avoiding irritation from gum chewing
3. Brushing with a soft-bristled brush after meals and flossing daily, which will keep your mouth free of foods that might trigger a sore.

So, if you have frequently occurring canker sores, you should probably take a look at your health/diet to see what the underlying factors might be.

Other Home Remedies for Canker Sores

Update:  Some other home remedies for canker sores suggested on the Common Sense Homesteading facebook page:

  • Crushed up antacid
  • tea tree oil
  • manuka honey
  • echinacea and goldenseal mixed into coconut oil
  • L-lysine
  • aloe vera juice

Disclaimer:  So I don’t get hunted down and lynched by some government bureaucracy or another.  I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, although we do own a stethoscope and a lab coat (we’re homeschoolers ;-)   I am just a mom asking questions because I am sick and tired of the pill-popping, processed food dominated status quo.

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Comments

  1. Melissa @ Cellulite Investigation says

    I got a huge canker sore when I first started dry brushing two years ago. Haven't had one since. I think it was some kind of detox effect –if you believe in that sort of thing ;)

  2. Laurie says

    Melissa – remind me to tell you another detox story…I may post it at some time if I have the friend's permission. A canker sore wouldn't surprise me at all.

  3. Joyful says

    You have a nice blog.
    I found you on THL under Zinnada's blog question.
    I hope you visit me sometime.
    I am your newest follower.

  4. Laurie says

    Dalyn – no goats, but maybe some day. :-)

    Joyful, thanks for stopping by. :-) I am super behind on posting, but eventually hope to be caught up. I still haven't gotten a chance to look through all the links from THL, but it's on my to-do list.

  5. Sarah says

    I knew coconut oil was good, but I didn't know it was that good! You say it works for warts as well? I've got some stubborn plantar warts and I've tried everything to make them go away…Maybe I'll give coconut oil a go!

  6. Laurie says

    Sarah, I have read that it can help for warts: http://www.coconut-oil-central.com/coconut-oil-warts.html

    At the very least it shouldn't hurt, unlike when I had mine burned out years ago – ouch! The darn things grew back anyway, so I had to keep treating them for months afterwards. I've read that once your body recognizes them as a foreign body, it will cure itself, so I'm wondering if the very action of treating the wart and applying a known anti-fungal/anti-viral substance helps trigger that immune reaction?

    • Deb says

      I stumbled across this site after looking up canker sore remedies for my husband. Luckily, I just happened to have a bottle of coconut oil in the cupboard so we are trying it. I hope it works as well for him as it did for you. Not sure how long to ‘soak’ the sore but we’ll try it periodically throughout the day today and see what happens! Thank you!

    • says

      WebMD states that there are two types of canker sores – (http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/canker-sores)

      1. Simple canker sores. These may appear three or four times a year and last up to a week. They typically occur in people between 10 and 20 years of age.
      2. Complex canker sores. These are less common and occur more often in people who have previously had them.

      They continue with information on potential causes of canker sores –

      “The exact cause of most canker sores is unknown. Stress or tissue injury is thought to be the cause of simple canker sores. Certain foods – including citrus or acidic fruits and vegetables (such as lemons, oranges, pineapples, apples, figs, tomatoes, and strawberries) – can trigger a canker sore or make the problem worse. Sometimes a sharp tooth surface or dental appliance, such as braces or ill-fitting dentures, might also trigger canker sores.

      Some cases of complex canker sores are caused by an underlying health condition, such as an impaired immune system; nutritional problems, such as vitamin B-12, zinc, folic acid, or iron deficiency; and gastrointestinal tract disease, such as Celiac disease and Crohn’s disease.”

      So, if you have frequently occurring canker sores, you should probably take a look at your health/diet to see what the underlying factors might be.

  7. Leela Harrop says

    I’m just wondering..you said there were two types of canker sores, and then only mentioned type 1. What is the other type, and will this work for that too? Thanks, Leela

  8. says

    I’ve dealt with canker sores (my dentist/doctor prefers me to use the proper term) as a result of an immune system issue. I’ve had them so numerous and so large (they’d merge and get bigger) that I couldn’t speak, eat, drink, without ripping them against my teeth and bleeding with my lips closed (think vampire after feeding). In a 2 year period I kept a log for my doc/DDS because they couldn’t believe it wasn’t just a few, it was hundreds, all in different stages of eruption, statis, and healing. It took a long time – less stress, less acidic foods/drinks, changing toothpaste/brushing more often, and increasing water intake to really lessen my occurrence to the point that I rarely have one. And that’s when I know I need to brush my teeth, have a lot of stress, or ate something that cut the inside of my mouth. Good to know that this would work too if I can’t keep it under control.

  9. Laura says

    I get sores in my mouth because of lupus and I read this (found through pinterest) about 2 weeks ago. I have since had an outbreak in my mouth and although they’re not completely gone, they are healing quicker and are less painful than ever before. (oops, should have said I have been using coconut oil). Thanks so, so, sooo much for this info!!

  10. Diane knickerbocker says

    FYI! Because of the few meds I take for Fybromyagia I get dry mouth which has caused tooth decay. I started putting coconut oil on my toothbrush initially to reduce oral bacteria and help whiten my teeth and figured it was like a mini oil pull twice a day. To my surprise, it eliminated, well almost, my dry mouth. I ran out of coconut oil in my bathroom recently just as I was going on vacation and didn’t have a container handy that didn’t leak on a plane trip. I figured one week without wouldn’t be a big deal and I’d just refill my container when I got home. It has been a few extra days since I returned and my dry mouth has returned. My container is now refilled and I ready to go!

  11. Anna says

    I’ve always used bongela, over the counter medicine for my canker sores. It is not sold here anymore (live in an European country) due to some harmful ingredients. I wa so glad to find your blog with this tip.

    As I had some problems making the oil stay on the sore which is located far back on the upper part of the cheek, I took another scoop of oil with a teaspoon, molded it as I thought would fit the inside of my cheek and freezed it for few minutes. It made it last longer with out melting straight away and easier to make it stay in the right spot. The sore is already less painful!

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