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How To Get Rid Of Canker Sores Naturally And Fast

How To Get Rid Of Canker Sores Naturally And Fast

Canker sores are small but powerful annoyances that will make anyone feel grateful for a pain-free mouth once they are gone. While there are no known exact causes of these sores, they seem to be brought on by factors such as stress, food allergies and sensitivities, weakened immune systems, viral infections, and smoking. They usually last about a week, but because of the irritation and pain that comes with canker sores, people are always looking for a fast cure. Good news, there are some quick fixes that you probably have in your kitchen or medicine cabinet already.

1. Aloe Vera’s Healing Properties Will Help

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    Aloe vera is a wonderful, anti-inflammatory, healing plant that will help all kinds of wounds and sores, including canker sores. If you have access to an aloe vera plant, cut a leaf and squeeze the gel out into a cup. Otherwise, you should use organic, aloe vera gel or juice.

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    1. With straight from the leaf aloe gel, apply to the sore as many times per day as you can
    2. With organic aloe juice or gel, use as a mouthwash and rinse 3 times per day

    2. Coconut Oil’s Antibacterial Properties Will Get Rid of Canker Sores

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      This oil is antifungal and antibacterial, which makes it an effective treatment for canker sores. Try to find organic, extra virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil, as this will be more effective.

      1. Apply coconut oil to the sore several times per day with a clean cotton ball or a clean finger
      2. Rinse your mouth for 15 minutes, twice per day using 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

      3. Coriander From Your Kitchen Cupboard

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        An unexpected treatment for canker sores, coriander is an easy fix because most people already have this anti-inflammatory spice in their kitchen cupboards.

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        1. If you have coriander leaves on hand, boil a few of them in 8 ounces of water and strain
        2. After water is cooled to lukewarm, gargle with it 4 times per day
        3. If you have coriander seeds in your cupboard, boil 8 ounces of water and pour 1 teaspoon of seeds into the water
        4. Let this sit for a day, strain and gargle with the water 4 times per day

        4. Get Rid of Canker Sores with Tea Tree Oil

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          This essential oil is a superstar with powerful antifungal and antibacterial properties that will heal many ailments similiar to canker sores. Make sure you find 100% natural and pure tea tree oil for the best results.

          1. Put a half tablespoon of filtered water into a small, clean container
          2. Add 2 drops of tea tree oil
          3. Apply to the sore 3 times per day
          4. You can also add 10 drops of oil to 8 ounces of filtered water and use as a  mouthwash up to 4 times per day

          5. Numb the Pain with Cayenne Pepper

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            Almost everyone has cayenne pepper in the kitchen, making this one of the easier and cheaper ways to get rid of canker sores. If you try this one, make sure you avoid touching your tongue with the pepper. It will numb the pain of the canker sore, but not your taste buds!

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            1. Make a paste with cayenne pepper and water and make sure it is mixed well
            2. Apply a small amount to the canker sore, taking care to avoid the rest of the mouth
            3. You may experience a little irritation from the pepper, but it won’t last very long
            4. Repeat no more than twice per day

            6. Honey is a Superfood and Super-healer

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              If you have raw honey, use it for this treatment, but if you can only find regular, liquiid honey, it will also be effective at removing your canker sores. Honey is filled with vitamins and minerals and its antiseptic properties will help to heal your canker sore.

              1. Prepare for a little more pain, but keep the end goal in mind
              2. Apply up to 1 teaspoon of either raw or liquid honey on and around the canker sore
              3. Let it sit for a few minutes (the extra pain won’t last the entire time)
              4. Rinse the honey out of your mouth with lukewarm water and repeat twice per day

              7. Baking Soda Will Eliminate Canker Sores

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                This common baking ingredient is very affordable and common in kitchens around the world. You can use baking soda to treat a variety of ailments, and it is very effective for getting rid of canker sores because of its ability to neutralize acidity.

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                1. Add one teaspoon of baking soda to a clean container and mix in filtered water to make a paste
                2. Mix well and apply to the canker sore with a cotton ball or your finger
                3. Let it sit for 10 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water
                4. Repeat 4 times a day

                8. Rinse With Salt Water

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                  This is definitely the cheapest and easiest treatment for canker sores. Most households always have salt on hand, and it is even better if you have sea salt or Himalayan salt. Salt will extract fluid from your canker sore and help it to heal faster.

                  1. Stir a half teaspoon of salt into a quarter cup of warm water
                  2. Gargle with the salt water, making sure to keep it on your canker sore
                  3. Repeat 4 times per day

                  9. Try Sage to Get Rid of Canker Sores

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                    Sage is an aromatic herb, commonly used when cooking chicken or turkey. It can also be used to eliminate canker sores, because it has the ability to relieve the pain and inflammation associated with canker sores. You can use ground sage or sage leaves.

                    1. Mix 2 cups of boiling water with 3 teaspoons of sage leaves
                    2. Let the mixture sit for until lukewarm and then strain
                    3. Rinse your mouth with the water up to 4 times per day
                    4. You can also put a little ground sage on the sore and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing
                    5. Repeat 4 times per day

                    10. Clove Oil – Not So Common, But Effective

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                      Essential oils have been growing in popularity because of their healing properties. Clove oil is a very effective essential oil for healing canker sores and relieving pain. Dentists used it for years to alleviate pain experienced by patients.

                      1. Add 4 drops of clove oil to a half teaspoon of olive oil or melted coconut oil
                      2. Clean your mouth by rinsing with warm water
                      3. Soak a cotton ball with the oil mixture and apply to the canker sore for 5 minutes
                      4. Repeat twice per day

                      Featured photo credit: NanD_PhanuwatTH via shutterstock.com

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                      Last Updated on October 16, 2018

                      The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                      The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                      It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                      If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                      One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                      Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                      In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                      Why you can’t sleep through the night

                      The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                      Stress

                      If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                      Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                      We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                      While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                      Eating close to bedtime

                      Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                      Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                      Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                      Medical conditions

                      In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                      The vicious sleep cycle

                      The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                      Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                      You get a bad night’s sleep
                      –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                      –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                      –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                        You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                        How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                        To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                        1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                        What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                        Here are a few suggestions:

                        • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                        • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                        • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                        • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                        • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                        2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                        What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                        • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                        • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                        • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                        • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                        3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                        Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                        Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                        Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                        Sleep better form now on

                        Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                        I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                        As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

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