In the grand scheme of things, thus far in my life, I’ve been incredibly healthy. Sure, I’ve had some sprained ankles, lower back injuries, tonsillectomy, wisdom teeth removed, and a major bout with depression– but I’ve never so much as had a debilitating disease, broken bone, or even a cavity!
Yet for the health woes I do have, they’ve been able to cause a significant daily interference and can absolutely alter my mood. For someone who loves to communicate & strongly believes in the “gut as a second brain” philosophy, when I have canker sores in my mouth & my GI disorder is acting up, I feel pretty s h u t d o w n.
I’ve personally never responded very well to traditional medicines and treatments, nor seen much of an improvement with them. At best, they treat some of the symptoms but never get deeper into the root cause of it all. Frankly, most medicines also just make me feel c r a z y, too.
If you’re anything like me, you may appreciate some of the all-natural health remedies I’ve discovered over the past couple of years that have been game-changers for me. Particularly, for canker sores, overall GI discomfort/disorders (IBS, gluten sensitivity, etc.), and anti-inflammatory aids.
-switch to TOM’s toothpaste, or any other all-natural brand without SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate). it’s cheaper at Target than here, don’t worry.
-wild oregano oil. this stuff pretty much saved me from some of the worst canker sores I’ve had. I applied 2 small drops/day to the affected areas in my mouth and it significantly reduced them and sped healing. this stuff is s t r o n g. you have no idea how far a drop goes. I won’t lie, it doesn’t taste of smell good unless you love smelling like a pizza, but it works and that’s what I needed.
-1-2 tbsp. baking soda mixed with a glass of warm water. gargle, swish for a while, spit out. rinse out mouth. don’t swallow.
-Vitamins: B12, Zinc, Iron, Folic Acid, (+ Propolis, Probiotics). Since taking this morning medley for the past 3 weeks, I haven’t had the onset of one yet! *Talk to your doc about what you might be deficient in, although these ones are typical for people who experience a lot of canker sores.)
And since a lot of canker sores can be related to and caused by GI disorders & gluten sensitivity, see some of the below remedies as well…
stomach discomfort (bloated, constipation/diarrhea, feels like everything is sitting there, indigestion, not hungry in the mornings, intestinal spasms, ate too heavy over the weekend, speed metabolism, nausea)
-try a cocktail made with Apple Cider Vinegar: 4 oz. cold water, splash of a favorite juice (apple or a citrus juice work best), 1 oz apple cider vinegar, dash of cayenne pepper. stir & chug! *for the brave, a shot of the stuff can work wonders, too. more on ACV, here. I like to drink mine before/with breakfast…
-taking a probiotic supplement. this is my favorite, & it’s readily available at Whole Foods. I’d recommend buying the store (vs. online) and ensuring it has remained refrigerated.
-green juices (reset the digestive system, cleanse the liver & blood, overrall vibrance, clears skin. literally, the purest & most concentrated form of food nutrition you can get.) locally, this is my favorite juice bar.
-aloe vera. But not just the green gel you’re used to rubbing on after a bad sunburn. the juice from the aloe vera plant is great for helping the digestive system with nutrient absorption. It’s a great smoothie additive (especially when you’re mixing lots of fibrous ingredients) or can be added directly with your water. A capful of this concentrate tastes like liquid gold…in a good way.
-peppermint oil. (calms nausea, soothes headaches, relaxes, allergies/better breathing). I have a rollerball one that I apply to my temples when I feel hungover (oops) or have a headache coming on.
-ginger. Teas, pickled ginger like at a sushi restaurant, fresh ginger with warm water and lemon, chews, hard candies, dried, spices, etc.h ere’s a ton of different ways to get it! (soothes nausea, upset stomach, aids digestion, etc.)
-kombucha. It’s a powerful liquid raw food supplement abounding with probiotics, that’s aids digestion, speeds metabolism, provides antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, is low in sugar yet tastes like soda. miracle drink? I sure think so. It better be at $3.50/bottle.) I l o v e this stuff.
anti-inflammatory (headaches, mosquito bite/poison ivy, swollen gland/acne, injury, allergy, sunburn, etc.)
-Make sure you’re not allergic to bees, and try some Bee Propolis. I like the capsules and you can take 1-3 daily, based on symptoms. I incorporate 1/day with my other vitamins. more on propolis, here.
-lycopene. Eat your heart out of watermelon, tomatoes, etc.
-aloe vera. Apply topically like you’re used to, or as stated above, to drink the juice concentrate of it.
-tea tree oil Apply topically to the skin for things like poison ivy, acne, burns, etc. Do not ingest it, and I would be careful apply to an open wound. It’s also an overrall home helper & cleaning ingredient).
-herbal teas (rooibos, ginger, decaf green, kombucha, etc.) If you’ve ever been to the tea section in your local health store, you already know there’s millions. Literally, one for e v e r y t h i n g. Break out that tea kettle.
-essential oils. Check out this company that has an incredible offering of them. I just want a l l of the oils. Essential oils, essentially ;) work so beautifully because they are able to penetrate the tough, outer cell membrane to get at the root cause of the issue and solve rather than just treat it.
-biotin. Take a daily supplement for overall hair, nail, and skin health. and when you want those locks of yours to grow faster (!!!).
-coconut oil. It mixes well with other essential oils as a “carrier oil”, hair conditioner, food/cooking oil, and some swear by oil pulling & bulletproof coffee, but I’ve yet to get into either of those). This list goes on and on and on for coconut oil uses. You might as well strap a bottle of it to you in case you ever find yourself on a deserted island. Oh wait, there’s already coconuts on those…
-clean eats. for me, giving up modified low fat/low sugar foods & artificial sweeteners was one of the best habits I ever kicked. They are c h e m i c a l s. You’re body doesn’t recognize them and r e j e c t s them, that’s why they have “no calories”. They’re addicting and sweeter than sugar itself (!!!). So when you eat real sugar, it barely even tastes “sweet enough” anymore! It’s a bad road to start going down that can ultimately cause cycles of binge eating, stomach issues, and mental instability. Pay more attention to ingredients over nutrition facts. Eat in moderation & just enjoy a little bit of the real stuff already!
-It’s amazing what a little movement + fresh air can do for you. Seriously. get up, get outside and start with a walk, see how you feel after even just 10 minutes of activity.
-yin/light yoga + stretching
-foam rolling & using a lacrosse ball for rolling out sore muscles & joints.
Let me know what you think! What are some of your favorite all-natural solutions?