Alum is a popular home remedy for canker sores. It is an inexpensive remedy that has been used for generations!
How do I Use Alum for Canker Sores?
To treat your canker sore with alum, dip a wet cotton swap into a bit of alum and apply it to the canker sore(s.) Avoid tasting the alum as it is quite bitter. After 5 minutes, rinse out your mouth. This can be done 1-3 times a day, until the canker sore is healed. Most find that the sore begins to heal up very soon after beginning the alum treatment.
Side Effects of Alum for Canker Sores
When alum is applied to a canker sore, most people find that it burns! However, the pain is temporary. Our readers find that the temporary stinging is worth the relief from the pain of the canker sore!
What about Alum and Alzheimer’s Disease?
A common concern with the use of alum for canker sores (or used in cooking) is the connection that many have made between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease. Many people have given up aluminum in deodorants, cooking in aluminum pots, and using food aluminum cans. These practices are likely wise precautions because these uses of aluminum put the body in contact with a questionable substance every day. Using alum for an occasional canker sore is likely not going to bring the same risk as these listed above.
Selia, from Ocala, Florida has this to say about alum and Alzheimer’s disease:
“I’ve used alum for decades to treat canker sores which I get chronically. To the person who claims we’ll get dementia from using it, not true; my mother used it, she lived to 87, not a scintilla of dementia; I’m fine, sharp as a tack at 70. So USE it. Don’t be scared off.”
However, alum IS aluminum. If you have other risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, it may be wise to use another remedy, as there are many proven remedies for canker sores here at Earth Clinic.
If alum is your “go to” remedy for canker sores, you may want to consider another remedy if you are concerned about the Alzheimer’s connection. Better yet, get to the root of your canker sore problem, be it food sensitivity, vitamin deficiency or stress. Take some time to read through the posts on the canker sore pages and see what our readers have found triggers their canker sores.
Read on to see how our readers have used alum for canker sores. If you have tried this home remedy, please share your experience with us!