Natural Remedies

Canker Sores! Owe!! (Cold Sores, too)

I used to get canker sores all the time.  Big giant ones! 

Calendula tincture & Melaleuca essential oil

Calendula tincture & Melaleuca essential oil

Now, whenever I bite the inside of my mouth (which, I don't recommend! ;0)) or get a cut inside my mouth, I start putting one, or both, of the following remedies on it regularly and, thankfully, it doesn't turn into a full-blown canker sore!  Yippee!!

My two favorite canker sore (and cold sore) remedies are Melaleuca Essential Oil and Calendula Tincture.   

I just put a drop of either on my finger and dab it directly on the cut or canker sore and, voila! :).  If I wait too long to start applying this blessed remedy, allowing it to develop into a canker sore, the results are not quite as quick.  Regardless, it usually slows the growth and aids in healing.  

A young friend of mine used to get horrible cold sores!   She and her mom tried every cold sore medicine out there, to no avail.   Finally she tried this Melaleuca oil and they couldn't believe how well it worked.   

Plant remedies, such as essential oils are easily assimilated by our bodies.  We have a similar chemical make up, carbon and water, and thus, plant remedies can be very effective for us!!  

Here's a little bonus:  when you use a natural remedy for one ailment, you usually discover healing in another area of your body as well!!   It's a 2 (or 3 or 4,...) for 1 !!! :0) 

Let me know If you try it and how it works for you!

***Note: the quality of your product is extremely important!!   If it is a synthetic essential oil or if it has fillers,...then the beneficial effect is largely lost    

In addition, at the first signs of a canker sore or cold sore, taking the supplement L-Lysine is also hugely helpful!!  

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I hope this helps!!

Much love and health to y'all!


Melaleuca essential oil

Melaleuca essential oil

Calendula flowers

Calendula flowers

Calendula Tincture




  • Fill a glass jar 3/4 of the way with calendula flower
  • Add a blend of 1 part warm water and 4 parts vodka to fill the jar almost to the top
  • Close tightly & label with name and date
  • Let sit for 4-6 weeks, shaking every so often
  • At the end of 4-6 weeks, strain and discard herbs
  • Bottle the tincture and store in a cool dark place
  • Should last indefinitely :) 


  • canker sores
  • cold sores
  • skin blemishes
  • cuts

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Arnica - The Healing Pain Reliever


Arnica Montana is a powerful anti-inflammatory and it stimulates the healing of damaged tissue. 

rnica is good for:

  • Inflammation
  • Rheumatic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Gout,
  • Torn muscles and tendons
  • Sprains
  • Sore joints
  • Bruises
  • Pain

It can help improve the flexibility of those with osteoarthritis, by applying right before bedtime so as to ease morning muscle stiffness. 

My husband and my sons have used this on their sprained ankles and, after just a few applications, there has been a noticeable decrease in swelling!    

When I sprained my MCL, I used this several times a day with excellent results.  I also use this on my sore, tired feet after teaching fitness classes :)  I use it regularly and generously wherever I have pain or soreness!

Arnica Salve


  • 1 cup dried arnica
  • 2 cups vegetable oil (such as sweet almond, grape seed, or hemp seed)
  • ½ cup beeswax
  • Essential oils of ginger, clove, rosemary, sweet birch, Scotch pine, and/or wintergreen (a total of 20 drops, only 2 to 3 of which can be wintergreen)”



1.  Fill a glass jar 3/4 of the way full with Arnica flowers (I often include Cayenne, Lavender flowers and Comfrey root and powder to increase the medicinal benefit) 

2.  Fill the jar the rest of the way with olive, almond or sunflower oil.  Jostle the jar and press the herbs to remove any air pockets. Fill the jar almost to the top.  

3.  Close tightly and label; on lid and side of jar -- contents and date

4.  Set in a warm sunny spot for 4-6 weeks, shake every so often.  

5.  At the end of 4-6 weeks, strain the herbs and bottle the oil.   

You may use the oil as is or make it into a salve.  

To make a salve: 

  1. pour oil and 1/4-1/2 cup beeswax into a glass jar
  2. Place jar in a pan of warm water on the stove, slowly heating the oil, stirring gently until the beeswax melts.
  3. Let cool slightly and add a few drops of wintergreen essential oil
  4. Pour into jars and let set.  

Consistent application is the key!  There really is no magic pill!   Ice, rest, elevation and Arnica salve  spell relief. :). 

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Arnica should not be taken internally or placed on open wounds.  

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