Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Empowering Benefits of Essential Oils for Canker Sores

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Woke up with a canker sore in my mouth yesterday and it is almost gone this morning. Used the doterra OnGuard oil last night ... fastest canker recovery so far! : )  ... Start by rinsing out mouth with Salt Water and gargling, dry off canker sore if possible and apply doterra oil. I like Frankincense cause it doesnʻt irritate my skin ... here is some info about treating canker sores with doterra:

From Columbia University’s Health Center - There is often confusion between canker sores and cold sores. In a nutshell, canker sores are painful ulcers, or open sores, on the inner membranes of the mouth and cheek, or can resemble pimples on the tongue. Canker sores are not considered to be contagious and are of uncertain origin.
Cold Sores, on the other hand, are small red blisters that generally affect the mouth and facial areas, but usually appear on the lip and outer edge of the mouth. In contrast to canker sores, cold sores are extremely contagious and are most often caused by the Herpes Simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). More importantly, when oral herpes lesions and/or its contents come into direct contact with the genital area through oral-genital sex, genital herpes most likely will develop.
Although it is more likely that the sores that develop in your mouth are canker sores, you may not be able to tell the difference between a canker sore and a cold sore by sight. If you're unsure it's wise to treat your sore as though it were a cold sore — that it is caused by herpes and contagious.

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  clove (carefully, a hot oil), frankincense, lemon, lemongrass, melaleuca, OnGuard

Also consider: Myrrh, oregano, Roman chamomile, sandalwood
Suggested protocols:
Most oils can be applied one or two drops topically for one or two application and the cold sore will disappear.
"Hot" oils like clove, oregano, and OnGuard somewhat need to be administered very carefully or diluted with a carrier.  They are not advised for children.

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Experiences and Testimonials (shared by Rob James)

Holly - Does anyone know the best oil to use on canker sores?
Ashlie - I have used lemon on cankers and it has worked very well.  My son gets them often, I don't know why, but he grabs the lemon every time and it works in a days time.
April - I have used clove on my cankers and that works too! The bad thing about clove is that it BURNS. So I put a drop of olive oil on my finger and then on the canker, I then follow with a drop of clove and that reduces the sting. Be careful not to let the clove touch your lips!
Pat - I had an angry canker and rubbed it with frankincense and it was gone by morning.
Joni – I have used melaleuca with great success.  It takes away some of the pain, and dries it out.  Just dab the melaleuca oil on the canker sore with your finger.  I usually do it right before I go to bed, but you can apply oil throughout the day as needed.
Rob - I have also heard that melaleuca is good.  Others have found a blend of frankincense and sandalwood applied directly several times daily is effective.
I have also heard reports that another canker killer is oregano.  Oregano will kill it in matter of hours (very quickly) however it will scab over and take a week or more for the scab to heal.  Frankincense or helichrysum will help with the scab. I would dilute the oregano 50% with carrier before applying.
jcm - OnGuard is also good. It stings a little, but heals in a matter of hours. Amazing!

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  1. Does anyone know if essential oils can be used to get rid of ganglion cysts on the outer side of the wrist?

  2. Hi Angie ... yes essential oils can be used to reduce and finally rid the body of ganglion cysts ... you can take 2 drops of oregano oil on the cyst topically each morning ... you will want to test for sensitivity as oregano oil is strong and some people have a reaction so maybe try in the carrier oil first ... also 2 drops of thyme topically in the evening ... repeat daily until bumps are gone

  3. One doterra user found that 3 drops of Melaleuca oil twice daily got rid of his ganglion cyst ... another user said he used 5 drops each of Eucalyptus, Marjoram, Cypress, Lavender, Peppermint, Thyme and Basil, topically on his ganglion cysts diluted in coconut oil morning and night without fail for 3 months. He also felt that Frankincense aided in the healing process. He emphasized that there must be daily application for reduction of the ganglion cyst and finally dissipation. Hope this helps Angie and would love to hear how any of these oils work for you.