How To Use Honey To Heal Canker Sores?

Written by Kushneet Kukreja , MS (Biotechnology), ISSA Certified Specialist In Fitness & Nutrition

Do you often suffer from canker sores? Do you find it hard to eat or drink because the sore pains every time you chew or swallow something? You have tried different medicinal oral pastes, but nothing gives you any relief. Correct? You would be surprised to know that there is a solution right in your kitchen. What is that? Well, the good old honey that is lying in your kitchen shelf.

Interestingly, the cause of canker sore remains unknown (few suspected reasons are stress, lip biting, weak immune system). And now that we know the remedy, let us take a quick look at it. But before that let us quickly get to know what exactly a canker sore is!

What Is A Canker Sore?

The scientific name of canker sore is Apthous stomatitis. In plain English, canker sore is a painful spot inside your mouth. A canker sore is a mouth ulcer. They start small but grow into large and extremely painful patches.

Why Honey In Canker Sores?

Since time immemorial, honey is known to have healing qualities (1). If your skin suffers from mild burns, applying honey on the affected area reduces the pain in no less than 10 minutes. When it comes to relieving you of mouth ulcers, honey works well because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
It is said that honey also has anti-bacterial qualities that help in the suppression of canker sores in your mouth. Honey also helps in the growth of tissues which play a vital role in the healing process of the wounds.

Study On Honey As A Canker Sore Healer:

A couple of years ago, researchers collected a batch of 94 people. The researchers divided the batch into three groups. All these people were suffering from canker sores.

To the first group of people, researches gave commercial honey as a medicine to relieve them of mouth ulcer. To the second group, they gave an oral cream. The last and the third group got a medicinal paste to cure mouth ulcer.

Each one had to use their medicine three times a day.

Interestingly, those who used honey were pleasantly surprised to note the ulcer being healed. The healing signs showed in just four days. The other two groups didn’t report any progress. Their wounds didn’t seem to heal even a bit.

It was then that the healing properties of honey in the case of canker sores were made clear.

How To Use Honey To Heal Canker Sores:

Take a dab of honey. Ensure it is organic, raw honey. In the second step, take some warm water. Take a gulp of warm water in your mouth. Do not drink it. Now, take a dab of honey and apply it directly on the wounded area.

Repeat the process two to three times a day. Make sure, of the three times you apply raw honey to the sore, one of them should be before you go to bed. If you apply honey during the night time, it works more effectively. Why? Because you don’t disturb the medicine by eating or drinking something.

Foods You Should Avoid Eating When You Have Canker Sores:

It is suggested that you avoid consuming acidic food. It may slow down the healing process of the sores.

Canker sores are painful and irritating. They might give you a tough time. But that doesn’t mean they are incurable! We hope this article helps you relieve yourself of the pesky canker sores by using the honey you have at your home. If you know of other ways of applying honey to the wounded areas, do share with us in the comments section!

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