Something you most likely won’t know about me is that I regularly get mouth ulcers (I think they are also called canker sores). It’s pretty bloody annoying to always pretty much be dealing with a sharp and intense pain in the mouth, particularly when it happens so frequently.
Apparently I’m not alone when it comes to reoccurring mouth ulcers, I remember reading that 1 in 5 people have reoccurring mouth ulcers. So I guess I’m one of them – yay me…
Anyway, over the last couple of years I have tried plenty of different things to try and prevent new ulcers occurring, as well as trying to find things to help with the pain once I have one. About 2 months ago I had a particularly painful ulcer that I was just really struggling to deal with, I couldn’t eat properly, I struggled to get to sleep, even my speech was affected.
I hit the internet and happened onto this article:
Researchers at Saudi Arabia’s Salman bin AbdulAziz University gathered a group of 94 people suffering from canker sores and randomly separated them into three groups. The first treated their sores with plain old commercial honey, the second used an oral corticosteroid cream, and the third got an over-the-counter product that forms a protective paste to cover sores while they heal. Participants applied their respective treatments three times daily while researchers observed the effects.
Get this: In just 4 days, all sores in the honey group had disappeared completely—but the number of sores in groups 2 and 3 hadn’t budged. Honey even helped to soothe pain. After day 1, honey users reported a 95.5% decrease in pain, with total pain elimination by day 2. Groups 2 and 3 were not so lucky: It took them 8 days to reach the same pain-free state.
So, after reading that, needless to say I was pretty keen to try honey on my mouth ulcer. I took a small bit and smothered it all over the ulcer and boy howdy did it cause me some pain. I remember walking around the kitchen muttering to myself so I didn’t swear out aloud in front of my boy. After only about 5 minutes of intense pain, everything stopped hurting.
Now you can get the same type of response by rubbing salt into the wound, but this was different. With salt the pain will come back in about an hour or so, but with the honey, I didn’t have any more pain with my ulcer for at least the next 8-12 hours. Even when the pain came back, it was just in the background – very easy to deal with.
My ulcer didn’t disappear in 4 days like the article said it should, but it did go within the week and I barely noticed it was there most of the time. Now we buy local fresh honey from the markets, so it should still have all the goodness in it, and I also only applied the honey once a day, so i’m sure result will vary per person.
The main thing I wanted to share is that sometimes there isn’t a lot of point spending a lot of money on expensive medications. Often there is a natural remedy which will perform with similar results. I know that i’ve spent a lot of money in the past on ulcer cures, while i’ve had honey in the cupboard the whole time.