How To Naturally Get Rid of Canker Sores In Minutes With No Medicine!

53 responses

  1. Susan
    January 11, 2014

    Isn’t alum toxic to have large amounts? I’d be nervous to stick it in my mouth and leave it there.

    • Halle Cottis
      January 11, 2014

      You are putting a pea size amount on your ulcer. This is not a large amount. And you spit it out after 60 seconds.

  2. Kelley
    January 11, 2014

    Great post Halle! My teen gets these sometimes and I’ll make sure to have some alum on hand now!

  3. Cheryl
    January 11, 2014

    I use Grapes Leaves instead of Alum when I can my pickles. Thinking Grape Leaves may do the same thing.

    • Rebecca
      January 12, 2014

      I think grape leaves and oak leaves work when making pickles because of the high concentration of tannin in them (tea bags are said to work as well). I wonder if tannin has anything in common with alum?

  4. KC
    January 11, 2014

    Coconut oil works too!

  5. Catherine Devine
    January 11, 2014

    I’m in my 60’s and as a child, I got a lot of canker sores. My father always told me to use alum on my sores. It stings and tastes bad, but it works wonders. The sores disappear within a day or two and only the worst ones needed two treatments.

  6. Kerry
    January 12, 2014

    When I stopped eating wheat products, I stopped getting canker sores. The article doesn’t say what causes them. I found out through trial and error. I’ve been gluten/wheat free for three years and only get a canker sore within hours after unintentionally ingesting wheat. Get rid of the wheat, your cold sores will be eliminated.

    • Rebecca
      January 12, 2014

      That is great to know. I only occasionally eat gluten but since I went “almost gluten free” I rarely get canker sores anymore. However, I also am processed sugar free so maybe that has something to do with it as well. I wonder if different things (food intolerances) can trigger canker sores on different people?

    • miriam
      January 14, 2014

      I noticed the same thing.. when i eliminated wheat/grain.. my canker sores have disappeared… thank goodness.. because i seemed to always have one and they are painful!

  7. Linda
    January 12, 2014

    You can use alum in the form of a little stick. I think you can buy it by men’s shaving materials. It’s called A Styptic Pencil and it’s made of Aluminum Sulfate. It acts and tastes the same way as alum but is easier to pinpoint the canker sore, especially in hard to reach places. I find that if you can apply it at the first hint of a canker sore, you can stop it before it even becomes an open canker sore.

  8. Krystyna
    January 13, 2014

    What about topical zinc? It also dries out the area and is anti-viral?

    • Marcy
      January 15, 2014

      Zinc throat drops will actually cause ulcers for many people.

  9. Sarah
    January 13, 2014

    We’ve found that salt works very well. Salt dries out the canker sore and we’ve seen results very quickly!

  10. tricia
    January 14, 2014

    I suck on l-lysine pills. That works for me. Tastes nasty, but it’s effective.

  11. CJ
    January 14, 2014

    I noticed i got a canker sore every time I had something with soy lecithin, especially Peanut M&Ms. At first I naively thought it was the chocolate itself but after having soy-free chocolates I dont see the sores appearing at all. Now when I have a tiny piece of anything with soy lecithin in it I get a sore within hours. I’m still perplexed by it, but at least I”m usually canker sore-less and that’s wonderful in itself .

  12. Kathy
    January 14, 2014

    A doctor told me that canker sores were caused by being deficient in Vit B. Whenever I get canker sores, I realize I haven’t been eating well and need to take a vit B.

  13. Jeannie
    January 14, 2014

    My Mom used this every time we got one of these darn canker sores. Believe me, it works just GREAT. My Mom would have been 100 this year and I believe her Mom taught her this secret. It has obviously been around for quite some time.

  14. michelle
    January 14, 2014

    I’ve been doing this for years as I get them from having Lupus. I lean over the sink with my mouth open and let the saliva drain out for several minutes. Sounds gross, but the sore is usually gone the next day if not sooner.

  15. teri
    January 14, 2014

    I have been using salt to achieve the same end for over 20 years. It will sting at first but fruits it up fast and sore is gone in no longer than a day.

  16. teri
    January 14, 2014

    *Dries* it up fast…

  17. Dee
    January 14, 2014

    This is wonderful…I am 62 years old, but always remember my Mom giving me a pinch of Alum on my cancer sores and it worked like magic. There is a gel that I purchased a number of years later called mytriciean (sp) that worked like alum and cannot find it in my local stores anymore….our son also get’s them, so I will purchase some alum and know it will work, it always has. Wonderful post…thank you so much!

  18. Marcy
    January 15, 2014

    I used to get mouth ulcers all the time. I found my two major causes were Sodium Laurly sulfate and citric acid.
    Sodium Louryl Sulfate is the foaming action in 99% of toothpastes. For this I switched to Jason’s ($8 at the health food stores) or Natural White….from the Dollar store. For the citric acid issue, I can either limit the acid or take an Pepcid or Zantac before the eating more acidic foods. It has cut the number down to 1 every couple of years vs almost continual.

  19. Nicole
    January 18, 2014

    I would be concerned about this because I think alum in metal. No wonder it kills whatever it comes into contact with.

  20. Vani
    January 24, 2014

    Applying castor oil to scalp, navel & feet. (most of times mouth ulcer caused due to heat in body)
    honey/ ghee on the location helps to heal

    It can be caused due to stress/ anger (I know someone who gets frequent mouth ulcers due to this reason)
    If mouth ulcers appear before menstrual cycle watch for salt intake. (esp 7days prior to start of menstrual cycle)

    And also taking Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) twice a day helps to heal faster (incorporate foods which has Vit B2)

  21. vlora
    February 2, 2014

    I don’t comment usually but seeing that so many are reserved with this alum for safety reasons, I just wanted to add that in my country of origin (Macedonia) we use quite effectively BAKING SODA for canker sores. Do it exactly in the same way as proposed in this article with alum.

  22. Jo
    February 2, 2014

    My mom always made us kids use alum on canker sores and it did work, super pucker power, but it did work! I forgot all about doing this, thanks for the reminder.

  23. marjo
    February 3, 2014

    I have suffered from for years from canker Sores, they comes to me every month
    No medicine to heal me until I discovered that the cause was that toothpaste containing Sodium Laurel Sulfate.. I have three years that I use toothpaste “SLS free” and canker sores disappear forever from me..

  24. carol
    February 6, 2014

    I find salt water does it.

  25. Cassidy
    February 14, 2014

    I have bracies so getting canker sores suck but I find that salt works it burns super bad but works great all you got to do is dry your sore with a paper towel and then dip your finger in salt put it on your sore wait a few seconds then rise your mouth with salt water then dry your mouthe with the paper towel then your pain is gone

  26. Jeff Ellis
    February 22, 2014

    Baking Soda works GREAT- AWESOME every time & is NON TOXIC I have been using it for 37 YEARS
    learned of it from an old school Nurse. Try it you will LOVE IT !!

    jeff ellis

  27. Makayla
    February 24, 2014

    I have a Canker sore right now , I read the comments and used salt !! Guess what ? The pain is gone already and It only took about a minute , salt is the easiest and best tasting way to go lol

  28. jane
    March 22, 2014

    I’d avoid alum(inum) anything. For pain, dab a bit of clove oil on it. Speed up healing by gargling with salt water or diluted peroxide. For long term treatment heal the gut. Gums and gut share the same lining so canker sores in the mouth may indicate same condition in your belly. Gluten free did it for me.

  29. Maria
    March 31, 2014

    I’d stay away from alum since it is a kind of aluminum, a toxic ingredient used in some baking powders and many under-the-arm products. Aluminum is capable of crossing the brain barrier and accumulating in the brain. Doing a thorough googgle search for medical articles on this kind of toxicity would be helpful.

  30. ohiograndma
    April 11, 2014

    I swear by dilute hydrogen peroxide. I also periodically brush my teeth with baking soda and salt. I haven’t had a canker sore in years.

  31. Linda Smith
    July 1, 2014

    I have found that a little peroxide on a Q-tip and dabbed into canker works amazingly quick…however it really stings but definitely worth a few seconds of endurance to get rid of the pesky canker sore.

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  34. Cyc Jouzy
    August 13, 2014

    Ive been getting them almost every year since 2007, now Im 18 years. These things are paiful guys :'(

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    September 29, 2014

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  38. Briana
    September 30, 2014

    Just regular tea bags, like lipton or does there have to be a specific kind?

  39. Sarah R
    October 2, 2014

    I never comment on things like this, but I was in desperate need of finding a solution to my canker sore! I get them a few times every year and they are tolerable, but this time around it was so bad that by the end of the day, I could barely talk and had the worst pain/discomfort ever. After some research and reading about this blog, I decided to try the alum powder. I applied the powder about 4 hours ago and the pain is almost completely gone as well as the canker sore! I will always be using this remedy from now on. Thank you so much!!!!

  40. MandyL
    October 4, 2014

    Oh man I have a big canker sore right now and it hurts soooo bad :( I’m trying to find a way to get rid of it and I’m 26 and have been getting them for a while and haven’t found a way to help them go away. My whole lip got really big and swollen last night ? All I no is I hate when they spread and I will try anything?! Please help :(

  41. MandyL
    October 4, 2014

    Okay so I just read all these lovely post and I now would like to no where I can find this stuff I can put on the sore? I’m ready with my keys in my hand to hit the store as soon as I no :)

  42. Matt
    October 7, 2014

    Everything is toxic in large amounts. That is why they say use a small amount… womp womp.

  43. Victoria Lohr
    October 7, 2014

    Yes, my father taught me to put alum on canker sores when I was a teenager. Great success! Only one sore was bad enough to blister after treatment. Thank you for the reminder!

  44. Karen Y.
    October 21, 2014

    This is what I’ve always done! Might have to do it more than once, but it was a lifesaver when I had braces!

  45. Karen Y.
    October 21, 2014

    OK, I was replying to someone using peroxide & a Q-tip!

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