Have you ever bit the inside of your lip or cheek or jabbed the toothbrush into your gums? Next thing you know is you have a very painful sore.
Mouth injuries like these will typically heal rather quickly all by themselves but occasionally they will linger on for days. To help prevent that prolonged healing time you can do a couple simple little things to speed the process along.
First is to dissolve by stirring Sea Salt, about 1 heaping teaspoonful, in about 2-3 ounces of warm (not hot) water. If you do not have sea salt use regular table salt. Sea salt has trace minerals and other nutrients that may help speed the healing.
Once you have the salt and water mixed, simply swish or hold a mouth full of this salty solution in your mouth for a about a half a minute. YES, it may sting on the sore area. This is normal.
The salt water is rinsing away the excess saliva and letting the salt water do a type of disinfection. Salt water will also have a ‘numbing’ effect once the salt has penetrated the saliva and touched the sensitive nerve endings.
As the sores heal the stinging sensation will lessen and the numbing effect will no longer be felt. Again, this is normal.
Then the next part is to blend the following essential oils together. Then add 2-3 drops to one ounce of warm water. Again swish or hold this mixture in your mouth for a minute or two before spitting it out.
You can do this several times with the solution you have mixed. If possible try not to eat or drink anything for 20 or more minutes.
The blend below has two wonderful essential oils for healing oral or mouth ailments. Tea Tree and especially Myrrh are known to be helpful when used alone, diluted just in water to quickly heal mouth sores.
Some folks will use myrrh and/or tea tree mixed with baking soda as a tooth powder. Works great. (Personally I prefer minty for routine daily dental care).
Tea Tree – 10 drops
Myrrh – 5 drops
Lemon – 4 drops
Orange – 3 drops
Blend well in an amber bottle . Then place 2-3 drops in one ounce of warm water, Swish or hold in mouth for a minute.
Spit it out, repeat until the full ounce of water has been used. As mentioned above, try not to eat or drink anything for 20 minutes or so.
Repeat the Salt rinse and essential oil mouth rinse several times a day, especially after eating. This should help heal the injury quickly. If you see no improvement after 2 days, discontinue and seek medical attention.
Otherwise, if you see improvement, continue until completely healed. Normally, mouth injuries heal rather quickly. If not healed within 5-7 days seek medical attention.
Remember you can use the above recipe for any kind of mouth sore, not just self inflicted ones.
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