6 Home Remedies for Tongue Ulcers

· January 6, 2018
Ulcers on the tongue can be very painful, but the right treatment can take care of them. 

Canker sores are small but painful ulcers found in the mouth. Luckily, you can treat these tongue ulcers with all sorts of natural remedies. First, let’s look at a few reasons why tongue ulcers originate.

They usually take 5 to 8 days before going way. And, there are several different causes. Here are a few:

  • Viral infection
  • Accidentally biting your tongue or cheek
  • Stress
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Vitamin deficiencies (B12, folic acid)
  • Extremely hot, spicy, salty, or acidic food
  • Smoking
  • Medication
  • Allergies

They are colorless, though bad ones may be yellowish, surrounded by a very reddened area.

You may see them:

  • Almost anywhere in your mouth
  • Inside your lips
  • In the inside of your cheeks
  • On your gums
  • At the roof of your mouth
  • On your tongue

Although they do tend to get better by themselves with time, the process can be slow and painful.

As the sores heal themselves, you could even accidentally cause more problems in the area. Basically, this is because of how sensitive it is.

That’s why it’s a good idea to find the best way to help with the pain. Also, it will help heal them quickly and easily.

Below we’ll tell you how. Ready?

1. Baking soda and tongue ulcers

Because it’s anti-inflammatory, baking soda won’t just get the pH of your mouth back to normal. Actually, it will also help with the pain and swelling that ulcers cause.


  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda (5 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of boiling water (10 ml)

What do I do?

  • First, mix the two ingredients together in a previously boiled, airtight container until a paste is formed.
  • Then, apply the mixture to the ulcers, letting it sit between 5 and 10 minutes.
  • Rinse with water.

This mixture will give you quick relief from the symptoms and keep the sores healthy. Also, this is why it should be used at least 3 times a day.

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2. Homemade mouthwash with warm water and salt

This is one of the best ways to quickly get some relief from tongue ulcers. Basically, since the salt has antiseptic properties, it will prevent infection and reduce inflammation.


  • 3 tablespoons of salt (30 g)
  • 4 cups of water (1 liter)

What do I do?

  • First, add the water and salt to a pot and mix until dissolved.
  • Then, heat until boiling and then remove from heat.
  • Next, store the mixture in a bottle and let it cool.
  • Finally, gargle with it for at least a minute, spitting it out at the end.

Note: Gargle with the saltwater at least 4 times a day to see results as soon as possible.

3. Ice and canker sores

Ice can provide instant relief from ulcers, reducing inflammation in the affected area.

What do I do?

  • First, all you have to do is hold an ice cube directly to the sore.
  • Then, hold for at least a minute, letting the area numb up and the pain disappear.
  • And, repeat as necessary.

It’s also advisable to drink cold water when you have tongue ulcers to help with the pain.

4. Chamomile

Chamomile tea is very effective when it comes to healing mouth and tongue ulcers because it contains high levels of anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and antibacterial compounds.


  • 1 cup of water (200 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon of chamomile (10 g)

What do I do?

  • First, heat the water until boiling and then add the chamomile.
  • Next, let steep for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • After this time, remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes.
  • Finally, gargle with the tea over the course of the day.

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5. Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide, with its antibacterial properties, will help get rid of bacteria found in the sores.

And, this will help them heal sooner and also reduce your risk of infection.


  • 1 teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide (5 ml)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of warm water (2 ml)

What do I do?

  • First, mix the two ingredients together and apply to the ulcer with a clean cotton ball.
  • Then, let sit for at least 3 minutes.
  • Finally, rinse with warm water.

This process should be done several times a day. This way the ulcers will be kept disinfected and will heal more quickly.

6. Aloe vera and tongue ulcers

Aloe vera is known for having antibacterial and healing abilities, helping wounds heal more quickly and reducing pain and inflammation.

It will give you quick relief from the symptoms and help the tissues regenerate.


  • Aloe vera gel

What do I do?

  • Cut an aloe leaf open and extract the gel inside.
  • Apply the gel directly to the ulcers.
  • Let sit for at least 5 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water.
  • Repeat at least 3 times a day.

How can I prevent ulcers?

  • Stay away from spicy, acidic, sweet, and hot food when you have ulcers in your mouth.
  • Don’t keep touching them: this will just make them heal slower and may cause infection.
  • Drink a lot of cold water to keep the sore cool and reduce the pain.
  • Keep up good oral hygiene, brushing your teeth multiple times a day.
  • Use mouthwash when you have ulcers in order to clear out bacteria and help them go away sooner.
  • Eat bland food that doesn’t take much chewing.
  • Don’t drink anything hot when you have ulcers.

If it’s been more than 10 days and none of the above tips have worked, we suggest seeing a trusted doctor.

She will take a look and prescribe medication to help with the symptoms.

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