Accidentally biting the tongue or injuring the tongue while using a toothpick are some reasons why a tongue becomes sore. A weak immune system, deficiency of vital minerals and vitamins, heredity, stress, eating too spicy and salty food, hormonal imbalances, viral infections are some other reasons why a tongue can get sore. When that happens, small reddish bumps may appear on the tongue. And being one of the most sensitive parts of the body, it can cause great pain and discomfort. However with some home remedies, the person can get some relief from the pain and discomfort.
• Extract the gel from aloe vera and apply it on the affected area. Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties that can help ease the inflammation and pain.
• Alum is yet another effective home remedy to ease soreness in the tongue. Loaded with antiseptic and astringent properties, alum can promote quick healing. Apply a small amount of alum powder on the affected area. Leave it for sometime and then rinse your mouth.
• Baking soda is a great natural remedy for reducing the pain and inflammation. A paste of baking soda and water can be applied on the affected area. Or a solution of baking soda and water can be used to rinse the mouth several times.
• Chewing cayenne pepper or applying a paste of cayenne pepper made with water on the sores will desensitize the nerves causing the pain and inflammation. Capsaicin in cayenne pepper is responsible for it.
• The soothing effect of honey can reduce the pain and swelling considerably. Dab a little honey on to the sore area. Applying a paste of turmeric and honey on the affected area also serves to reduce the soreness.
• An effective antiseptic, hydrogen peroxide can reduce the risk of infection. Mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water and apply it on to the affected area using a cotton swab.
• Add few drops of lavender essential oil into a cup of warm water and rinse your mouth. Alternatively, you can also add 3 drops of this oil and 1 teaspoon of honey into a ¼ cup of warm water and then dilute it with ½ glass of cold water. Lavender essential oil will reduce the pain and inflammation and promote skin repair and healing.
• A paste of licorice root powder and water can be applied on the affected area. A solution of 1 tablespoon of licorice root powder and 2 cups of water can also be used to rinse the mouth. The curative and healing properties of licorice will ease the pain and inflammation effectively.
• Sage has calming properties. Also, the astringent properties induce dryness of sores. Apply powdered sage leaves on the sores. Else boil the sage leaves with water and add few drops of tincture of myrrh. Use the mixture to rinse your mouth few times in a day.
• Rinse mouth several times with a solution of salt and warm water. Salt can also be directly applied on the affected area. Being a natural antiseptic, it can prevent infection and hasten the process of healing.
If the pain still persists, it is advisable to see a doctor or dentist after a week.