Ever rubbed your tongue inside your cheek and felt a sharp sting?

Canker sores, also called aphthous ulcers, are small, painful sores that appear inside the mouth on the lips, cheeks, on the gums, and tongue.

Most of us get canker sores from time to time; some of us get them over and over.

Either way, you want to get rid of them as quickly as possible.

All you need to do is to add a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water, and swish the salt water around the mouth for a couple of minutes, and spit it out. This will absorb the fluid from the tissues and dramatically accelerate the healing process. Note that you should repeat this several times during the day.

In this way, your canker sore will be gone in a day!

We will also suggest several other effective natural remedies for canker sores:

Baking Soda

Baking soda neutralizes the acidity and relieves the pain and inflammation caused by canker sores. You should add some water to a teaspoon of it to prepare a paste, and apply it on the affected area. After a few minutes, rinse with lukewarm water. Repeat 3-4 times during the day.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has potent anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and curative properties which will speed up the healing process and soothe the inflammation and pain. Just extract the gel from a fresh aloe Vera leaf and apply it directly on the canker sore 3-4 times a day.


Honey also has strong antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Just apply some honey around the canker sore several times daily. Initially, it will cause some pain, but it will be gone in a few minutes.


This beneficial herb effectively treats canker sores and provides instant relief. You should add 3 teaspoons of sage leaves to 2 cups of boiling water, set it aside for 10-15 minutes to cool and then use it to rinse your mouth.


The powerful anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antifungal properties of the coriander will help you reduce the pain and discomfort. All you need to do is to boil a handful of coriander leaves in a glass of water, strain and leave it to cool. Use this remedy to gargle at least 3-4 times a day.