Mouth Ulcers

Mouth ulcers or Athmus ulcers are those ulcers you get in the mouth appearing on the cheeks, gums, lips or the tongue. They are related to stress and the over consumption of acid foods. In many cases, the treatment for preventing the outbreak of mouth ulcers is the same as for cold sores. See the information under Cold Sores. Once a mouth ulcers is present, some natural remedies can help reduce the discomfort and speed healing.

Vitamin E

Placing Vitamin E oil topically on the ulcer has been shown to cut the healing time by 50%. You can use a standard 400 IU Vitamin E gel capsule for this. Just cut it open and put the Vitamin E oil directly on the ulcer. Vitamin E oil also comes in a one-ounce bottle. Use a q-tip to dab the oil onto the mouth ulcer. (See Products – for Vitamin E)


This is a homeopathic preparation made from the wild marigold. This can be placed directly on the mouth ulcer or you can make a mouth rinse by combining 25 drops of calendula and 2 ounces of water. Take 1 tablespoon and swish for 60 seconds before swallowing. Do this 4 times a day. Note: Make sure when you buy calendula (found in most health food stores) that it is in a water base. Most homeopathic remedies come in an alcohol base unless otherwise specifies. The alcohol would make the ulcer sting!  (See Products – for Calendula)

Benzocaine in Orabase

This is a topical ointment of benzocaine, which is an anesthetic that will numb the ulcer for about 15 minutes. This is useful when the ulcer is in a particularly painful stage and you are not able to eat. This ointment can be purchased over the counter at most drug stores.


Debacterol® is the fastest treatment for canker sores I’ve ever seen. It is a one time, five-second topical application. It stings for about 30 seconds and then it’s gone. The pain goes away and the area heals in about 3 days. It is a solution of sulfuric acid and sulfonated phenolic that cauterizes the virus at the canker sore site.  (See Products - for Debacterol®)