Do you suffer from Canker Sores? My friend Gail used to. I can honestly say that she used to get a Canker Sore every other month or so, it was that bad. I knew that acidic foods like tomatoes can cause an outbreak. But even though Gail loves tomatoes, I knew she wasn’t eating them that much! But that was before she started using just one of these natural remedies for Canker Sores.
First, Canker Sores start out as a painful spot on your lips, on the inside of your cheeks, or on your gums. Left untreated, the spot will turn red, then fill up with fluid, and become even more painful. The spot will now resemble a blister. In a week or so, the blister part of Canker Sores breaks open. Most anything that comes in contact with it, especially acidic foods and salt, will burn like fire. From start to finish, Canker Sores can take up to three weeks to completely heal.
A natural remedy to keep Canker Sores away, at least what has worked for Gail, is to take 1,000 milligrams of L-Lysine every day. L-Lysine is an amino acid that’s available at your local drugstore or health food store. My cousin, who is a registered nurse and a licensed massage therapist, recommended this remedy. She also advised that besides being caused by eating too many acidic foods, Canker Sores can also be caused by a Herpes Virus or a weakened immunity system.
People who are under a lot of stress should take Vitamin B Complex. These vitamins are beneficial in providing one’s body with the extra natural supplements it needs to handle daily stress and cares. Vitamin B Complex helps build up your energy levels, as well as your immunity system, so it doesn’t get worn down and compromise your health.
Another two natural remedies for Canker Sores that work well are Echinacea and Goldenseal. Echinacea is known for its ability to boost a body’s immunity system. It’s effective in fighting colds, the flu bug, and many other contagious illnesses.
Goldenseal is another herb that can help prevent an outbreak of Canker Sores. It’s one of nature’s antibiotics.
If you like to eat spaghetti and rigatoni, and other foods that contain Garlic, you probably don’t suffer from these painful bumps. The Herpes Virus is one cause of Canker Sores. Once this virus is inside your body, it stays with you. The Herpes Virus hides in nerve cells where it’s safe from attack by your immunity system. However, natural remedies like Garlic can actually help keep the Herpes Virus at bay because it’s a natural antiseptic.
To treat a Canker Sore that’s on your lip, you can also break open a Vitamin E capsule and squeeze the oil directly onto the affected area. Rub the oil in gently. Do this three to four times a day and the sore will heal quickly without much soreness or discomfort.
And finally, a natural remedy for Canker Sores is to eat yogurt. Plain yogurt adds healthy, beneficial bacteria to your entire body. This bacteria can help fight infection.