Natural Remedies for the Mouth

I invited Caroline Young  as a guest blogger because I believe her post would be a nice compliment to the health topics I write about. She talks about using more local, organic goods for treating mouth issues, so that resonates with me. Here is her bio: Caroline Young is a contributor to, full-time news reporter in Atlanta, a part-time freelance journalist and a yoga instructor. As a health enthusiast, she writes about health topics often in an effort to help others live the best lives they can.
It may seem as if consumers worldwide are shifting from mass-produced manufactured goods to local, organic goods–whether it be food or even mouth treatments. 

Garden Meds

In fact, you may already have some natural remedies in your backyard garden. Several different kinds of common herbs can be used to soothe and improve dental and mouth damage, like canker sores or bleeding gums.

Licorice root has anti-inflammatory traits and is one of the top herbal remedies for healing mouth tissue.

Herbs calendula and Echinacea can reduce inflammation in sore gums.

Rosemary has antiseptic traits and can aid in healing canker sores while lavender oil is great for healing sores too, and clearing up the fungus Candida albicans. A couple of drops of lavender oil is also good at clearing up Candida albicans, as well as reducing inflammation and healing sores.

Goldenseal and Oregon grape roots are two other herbal remedies, which can help kill off bacteria in the mouth.

Aloe Vera, another easily homegrown remedy with several benefits has been seen to speed up the healing process of damaged gum tissue and reverse infection and irritation.

Sage is also a popular healing plants, and can help to fight gingivitis and mouth sores.

Tea tree oil, a natural disinfectant, also has been known to successfully cure canker sores.

Strong Systems

Stress, fatigue and allergies and weakened immune systems are all potential causes of canker sores, according to the The American Dental Association.

However, stress can also promote obesity and depression, and other life-threatening conditions. While there are so many obvious reasons to try to avoid all of these things in life, sometimes it gets rough.

Maintaining a healthy balanced diet, exercise regularly and developing a healthy work-life balance are all the keys to staying stress-free (or at least low-stress) and keep the immune system strong. Taking up relaxing techniques like yoga and meditation are also well-known ways to help reduce stress.

Nutritious Notes

It is best to stay away from highly sweetened and processed foods and beverages, which add to chances of developing gum disease, cavities and other mouth issues.

For cold sores in particular, the essential amino acid lysine is a wonderful natural remedy. It must come through food or other supplements, including red meat, milk, egg, cheese fish and wheat germ but another amino acid arginine can reduce lysine absorption. So, when a cold sore strikes, avoid foods high in arginine, like chocolate, peanuts and almonds.

Basic Classic

The good old sea salt water is a fabulous mouthwash that works to cleanse the mouth and fight infection, and on a side note, it is a great toothache remedy.

Help from the Hive

Honeybees collect propolis from trees and plants to seal their hives. It is a stick substance that has some strong antifungal and antibiotic traits, which help fight mouth infections and sores. Propolis is for sale online and in most health food stores, and comes in the forms of powder or a pre-made propolis extract.

I want to thank Caroline for contributing to my blog. Let me know your thoughts on this article. Did you know that Shaklee has many of these natural remedies Caroline has talked about? You can start by browsing these natural remedies here. Which ones are you using already or willing to try?

Your Resident Health Nut,


18 Responses to Natural Remedies for the Mouth
  1. Suzana Ceallais
    February 1, 2013 | 10:40 am

    Yes Renee, I totally agree, more people are wanting to eat healthier foods, but sometimes they opt for the cheaper food products, or what they consider to be less time consuming. I think you are providing a great service by educating people to think more about what they are putting into their mouths. Carry on the good work! ; )

    • reneesullivan
      February 1, 2013 | 12:17 pm

      I have found that the more exposure people have to cost effective, healthier, and convenient options, the better it is for everyone. We all pay for others’ unhealthy food choices in the long run. Why not do our best to educate and prevent disease?
      Thank you so much for your support and your comment.

  2. Cindy Iwlew
    February 4, 2013 | 7:06 pm

    I totally heart lavender and tea tree oils! Use them everyday in my massage practice – but I didn’t know about the other herbs and plants for those uses, interesting…
    I also love to add wheat germ to my smoothies. Glad to hear I’m getting some essential amino acids from it. It also tends to thicken up my smoothies and has a lot of great benefits.

    • reneesullivan
      February 5, 2013 | 2:05 am

      Hi Cindy,
      So glad you found this post helpful. I love the smell of lavendar too. I have a Shaklee 180 smoothie every day and get the amino acid, leucine, which preserves muscle mass while burning fat.
      Thanks for your comments.

  3. Barry Hatfield
    February 4, 2013 | 7:08 pm

    Thanks for this post. Many people are now looking for more natural products.

    • reneesullivan
      February 5, 2013 | 2:00 am

      That’s so true Barry. Caroline gave great tips, and I enjoyed having her do a guest post for my blog.

      I appreciate your comments.

  4. Jess Weagle
    February 5, 2013 | 1:43 pm

    I love using essential oils. They have so many health benefits ! The great thing about these changing times people are becoming more aware about what is in all their house hold products. And with a blog like this people to learn that they are more healthy and a lot of the time cheaper alternatives.

    • reneesullivan
      February 5, 2013 | 1:52 pm

      I agree Jess. People are definitely more aware about toxins in their home. And using natural remedies is even more convenient now. It’s about time be got back to basics, don’t you think?

  5. joanna
    February 6, 2013 | 5:29 am

    I love this post. I have been trying to clarify for the longest time how to improve my dental health and have read alot on anti inflammatory herbs and oils..and also the ayurvedic remedies..but can you clarify the med garden section..are you saying you need to drink licorice or sage tea perhaps?
    mindbody freedom blog

    • reneesullivan
      February 8, 2013 | 2:28 pm

      Hi Joanna,
      I will try to get in touch with Caroline to clarify what she means about the licorice and sage. Personally, I have not tried to drink licorice or have sage in a tea, but it does appear to be what she is referring to. I would be interested to hear your results if you do try either of them.
      Thanks for your comment and interest.

  6. Michelle Sears
    February 15, 2013 | 7:57 pm

    I’ve used Licorice root and Echinacea to help with inflammation in general and they work really well. I don’t get many canker sores but my sons does once in a while and I never knew what to do for them. Well now I know. Thanks for sharing.

    • reneesullivan
      February 15, 2013 | 8:18 pm

      I have used Echinacea and Elderberry to boost my family’s immune system when a cold is coming on. I think I’m going to try the Licorice for canker sores too. Thanks for your comments.

  7. Juliane
    February 26, 2013 | 1:40 am

    Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article! It is the little changes that will make the biggest changes.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • reneesullivan
      March 2, 2013 | 12:34 am

      Hi Juliane,
      You are absolutely right that even the littlest changes can make a big impact. Thank you so much for reading. Please share it with others!

  8. Allan
    March 16, 2013 | 6:43 am

    I think you are providing a great idea by educating people to think more about what they are putting into their mouths. I would like to learn more from you. =)

    • reneesullivan
      March 16, 2013 | 3:43 pm

      Thanks Allan. Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog post. Feel free to contact me for anything you want to learn.

  9. Fitzpatrick
    April 8, 2013 | 4:49 am

    I’ve been looking for information about natural remedies for the mouth for a while and I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog. Yours is the greatest I’ve found so far.

    • reneesullivan
      April 8, 2013 | 2:30 pm

      Hi Fitzpatrick,
      My friend Caroline wrote this as a guest blog. She would be pleased to know it was helpful to you. Is there anything in particular that you’d like me to ask her when I speak to her?

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