Some Tips for Mouth Ulcers
Reasons for Mouth Ulcers
Ayurveda states that the saliva in the mouth acts as a lubricant and helps in maintaining the pH levels there. One of the functions of saliva is to help prevent formation of sores on tongue, palates, throat and gums. It protects the mouth from the ill effects of excessively hot, sour, or cold stuffs that we eat
Just as external water sources get depleted during summer, there is a depletion of fluids in our body due to both external and internal 'heat'. (Ayurveda states that your body gets 'heated' up internally due to lack of sleep, excessive intake of non-vegetarian food, alcohol, excessive indulgence in sex, uncontrollable anger etc). This heat reduces the quantity and quality of the body fluids necessary to maintain the thermal stability of the body. The quantity and quality of saliva too suffers.
Painful Mouth Ulcers
Tips to Cure Mouth Ulcers
Mouth ulcers can also be an indication of other serious underlying conditions. So consult your physician to rule out such conditions before trying out the remedies.
To maintain the fluid balance in your mouth, following methods can be adopted.
- Fill your mouth with fresh water and rinse off frequently.
- Wash your face with water simultaneously holding mouthful of water.
- Smear a dab of butter or ghee on tongue frequently.
- Fry alum and powder it. Mix a pinch of this powder in a spoonful of butter, ghee or honey and smear it onto your tongue.
- Rinse your mouth with coconut milk.
- Chew linseed often.
- Powder linseed and add honey and ghee to it. Keep this in mouth for some time.
- Take palm candy, grapes, banana, seeds of cucumber, and chew them.
- Add a teaspoon of turmeric to a glass milk and drink it before going to bed.
All these can reduce the intensity of the mouth ulcers.
Add a teaspoon of honey to a glass of water and use it as a gargle. Similarly you can gargle with coconut oil. These can cure mouth ulcers effectively.
Solanum nigrum (black nightshade) or manathakkali keerai in Tamil is the herb of choice in treating mouth ulcers. This has been used from time immemorial to cure ulcers in stomach also. Chew raw fresh leaves of this plant for quick relief.
Tender papaya fruit will ooze out milk when pricked with a sharp object. Dab this milk on the ulcers in mouth and throat. This helps cure the ulcers quickly.
For more such tips visit Ayurvedic Home Remedies blog.
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