Anyone who’s had a canker sore is familiar with the painful irritation that often lingers for a few days. Once a canker sore appears, there is little to do besides wait out the few days it takes for it to disappear while gingerly avoiding any further irritation in that area.
Over-the-counter medications are available, but most doctors recommend just allowing the sore to diminish on its own. While the natural route of letting it heal is, in most cases, healthier than using medication, it’s always nice to see if anything in nature can speed up the process for us. As a matter of fact, some research states that raspberry tea can alleviate the pain of canker sores and even quicken the healing process.This is great news, seeing as most people experience canker sores, sometimes up to a few times a year.
A medical information website, Web MD, explains that there are two types of canker sores. The first type, the “simple canker sores […] may appear three or four times a year and last up to a week,” Web MD states. The other type, “complex canker sores,” happen more frequently. For the purpose of this article, we will be talking about the “simple canker sores,” as they are the most common.
Web MD says “The exact cause of most canker sores is unknown [but] stress or tissue injury, […] certain foods—including citrus of acidic fruits and vegetables […] a sharp tooth surface or dental appliances” can all initiate a simple canker sore. Remember, canker sores are sores that are inside of the mouth, not to be confused with cold sores, which often appear outside the mouth.
Since we already know that tea has a long list of benefits, it’s hopeful that this soothing beverage could also help with canker sores. Each type of tea can be used to alleviate and soothe various symptoms. On Dr. Mehmet Oz’s website, Dr. Oz, it is stated that “the flavonoids found in raspberry tea reduce inflammation and prevent tissue damage.” With a taste similar to black tea, raspberry tea “is also full of tannic acid, so its astringent properties relieve pain and promote healing,” Dr. Oz explains. Some research suggests to drink the tea while others say to seep tea and then place the tea bag directly on the canker sore.
Verdict: Truth. Raspberry tea is beneficial when trying to get rid of a canker sore. Research has not proven if it quickens the process of healing, but it has shown that raspberry tea helps lessen the discomfort. Just remember, it’s important to use actual raspberry tea, not raspberry flavored tea! Make sure that when buying raspberry tea, raspberry leaf is the main ingredient. An integrative medical website, Whole Health Chicago, suggests to “make a strong cup of tea; allow it to cool; gargle or swish around in mouth five or six times a day as needed” to help treat canker sores. Speak with your doctor to find out if this remedy would be beneficial for you to try.
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