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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 July 8, 2020

                      18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                      18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                      The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

                      1. Understand Yourself Better

                      Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

                      Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

                      2. Keep Track of Small Changes

                      I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

                      Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

                      3. Become Aware of What Matters

                      As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

                      You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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                      4. Boost Creativity

                      The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

                      When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

                      You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

                      5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

                      A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

                      Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

                      6. Process Life Experiences

                      When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

                      Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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                      7. Stress Relief

                      In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

                      Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

                      8. Provide Direction

                      Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

                      One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

                      9. Solve Problems

                      Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

                      Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

                      When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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                      10. Find Relief From Fighting

                      Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

                      Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

                      11. Find Meaning in Life

                      Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

                      12. Allow Yourself to Focus

                      Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

                      13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

                      When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

                      14. Let the Past Go

                      I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

                      15. Allow Freedom

                      Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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                      16. Enhance Your Career

                      Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

                      Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

                      17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

                      All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

                      18. Catalog Your Life for Others

                      No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

                      We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

                      Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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