Get Relief from Mouth Ulcers with 6 Natural Remedies

While mouth ulcers usually heal themselves in a few days, you can call on the anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and healing properties of certain natural ingredients to prevent infection and speed up the process.
Get Relief from Mouth Ulcers with 6 Natural Remedies

Last update: 20 May, 2021

Mouth ulcers are whiteish and form in the inner part of your cheeks, on the roof of your mouth, or on your tongue.  The area surrounding them gets red and sometimes looks like a cold sore. If they’re causing you discomfort, you can get relief from mouth ulcers with natural options like the ones below.

Bear in mind that they’re not contagious and usually get better quickly. They may be a sign of a virus or bacteria in the mouth, but also may be caused by injury, a lack of oral hygiene, or excessive tobacco consumption.

What we do know is that they go away by themselves within a week or so and only rarely cause bad pain and complications.

However, if you’re suffering it might be a good idea to try a natural remedy.

Natural Remedies for Mouth Ulcers

1. Tea tree oil

A jar of tea tree oil.

Tea tree oil is a natural product with antibacterial, pain-relieving, and healing properties that can help relieve discomfort from mouth ulcers.

Applying it to the area will protect it, preventing infectious microorganisms from taking hold.


  • 3 drops of tea tree oil
  • 1 teaspoon of water (5 g)


  • Dilute the tea tree oil with the teaspoon of water


  • Dip a cotton ball or Q tip into the liquid and apply to the affected area.
  • Repeat two or three times a day for best results.

2. Pomegranate peel mouthwash

According to popular belief, the healing and antibacterial powers of pomegranate peel can help protect the irritated skin of mouth ulcers.


  • 1 teaspoon of dried pomegranate peel (5 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)


  • Firstly, add the pomegranate peel to the water and heat. Once boiling, simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Let sit at room temperature and then strain.


  • Gargle for two minutes.
  • Repeat twice a day.

3. Get relief from mouth ulcers with aloe vera gel

Mouth ulcer relief: a mug of aloe vera juice.

It’s no secret that aloe vera gel is one of the best natural treatments out there for wounds and ulcers. Its antibacterial action protects against infection and its hydrating and regenerating powers help with healing.


  • 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel (15 g)
  • 3 drops of tea tree oil (optional)


  • Extract the spoonful of aloe vera gel, and if you like, add 3 drops of tea tree oil.


  • Just smooth the gel onto the affected area and leave without rinsing.
  • Repeat every day until the ulcer has healed.

4. Birch mouthwash

An investigation by Microbiology Open has shown that the birch tree has antiseptic and healing properties that can speed up skin regeneration when applied topically.


  • 1 tablespoon of dried birch (10 g)
  • 1/2 cup of water (125 ml)


  • Add the birch leaves to a pot with the water and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  • After this time, strain and use as a mouthwash.


  • Gargle with the birch water 2 or 3 times a day.

5. Horsetail mouthwash

A cup of horsetail infusion to help relieve mouth ulcers.

Horsetail has anti-inflammatory powers that help reduce irritation and pain caused by ulcers. In tea form, it also relieves inflammation while promoting healing.


  • 1 tablespoon of horsetail (10 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)


  • Add the horsetail to the cup of water and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Once ready, cover and let sit for 20 minutes.
  • Finally, strain and use as a mouthwash.
  • Gargle with the horsetail tea after every time you brush your teeth.

6. Baking soda

According to popular belief, baking soda is an ingredient that can help neutralize the pH of your mouth and saliva in order to prevent infection in the area of the mouth ulcer. Interestingly, although its antiseptic effect hasn’t been proven by scientific studies, results do indicate that sodium bicarbonate has an interesting antibacterial effect. You can read about this in this study titled Antibacterial activity of baking soda.


  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda (5 g)
  • 1/2 cup of water (125 ml)


  • Dilute the baking soda with the warm water.


  • Take mouthfuls of the liquid and gargle for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Use every day until the ulcer is healed.

Is it possible to get relief from mouth ulcers naturally?

The home remedies mentioned in this article can help you get relief from the symptoms of mouth ulcers. However, keep in mind that mouth ulcers do heal on their own, without the need for intervention.

Finally, remember that even natural remedies can cause allergic reactions. For this reason, you should consult with a doctor before using any of these recipes.

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