Aromatherapy A-Z: Ulcers

Aromatherapy A-Z: UlcersMouth Ulcers can arise as a result of dentures rubbing, biting your lip or tongue accidentally – or as a result of long term nervous tension and stress. If the latter causes recurrent ulcers, then it is often a sign that the immunity is suppressed, and that Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids and a strong Vitamin B complex are indicated. Some people specifically suffer from mouth ulcers when they are run down – so it is vital to read your body's signals and heed the warning signs!

Mouth ulcers can also be an indication of an allergic reaction – particularly to certain food stuffs, which is often accompanied by inflammation of the tongue and inside of the mouth. Applied Kinesiology is recommended in this case. They can also be an indication of candida albicans infestation – and can occur if you have oral thrush too.

So if ulcers are occurring regularly – are you getting enough sleep? Are you in need of a good month of clean immunity boosting foods?

Here are some natural remedies to help:


  1. Dry the ulcer with a cotton bud, and dab on 1 drop of neat Myrrh essential oil. This is an anti-fungal agent and will help to heal the ulcer whatever the cause.  It can also be diluted – place 2 drops in half a glass of warm water and gargle regularly. Tincture of Myrrh can also be used in a similar way.

  2. If you dislike the taste of Myrrh, try making a cup of the naturally astringent tonic – Raspberry Leaf Tea. Add 2 drops of Lavender essential oil to the tea and swill out the mouth and gargle with it regularly.

  3. In naturopathic medicine – using food as medicine – it is recommended to eat Bilberries or Raspberries – chewing them well and allowing the juice to cover the ulcers – which has a clearing, cleansing, tonic effect.

  4. If the mouth ulcer has become infected (red around the edges with yellow/green pus in the centre) – gargle 3 times per day with warm salt water with 2 drops of Tea Tree essential oil. Also increase your Vitamin C intake - for an adult – take 1 scoop (1 gram) of BioCare’s Magnesium Ascorbate powder 3 times daily. (If there are any other health problems speak to BioCare Nutritionists before taking higher doses of Vitamin C).

  5. In traditional medicine – Mouth Ulcers are related to digestive heat and inflammation – as well as general stress and debility/tiredness. Follow recommendations for reducing digestive inflammation – especially if accompanied by regular indigestion. Slow down the rate at which you consume your food too, eat sitting down and chew your food to a pulp before swallowing.

  6. If stress and nervous tension are a factor – consider regular massage with relaxing oils that are uplifting and calming. The following combination is ideal: 30ml base oil, 8 drops Lavender, 4 Frankincense, 2 Benzoin and 2 Neroli. Try getting some early nights too and take Valerian Tea to help you sleep more deeply.


Joannah Metcalfe
Consultant Aromatherapist

Disclaimer: The information provided on the Base Formula blog is for personal information and interest only. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice or treatment for any condition. We recommend that you consult your GP or nurse if you have any health concerns whatsoever. Our advice has been provided on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. If you have any health problems or are taking any medication you should seek advice from your healthcare provider prior to using aromatherapy. We would also advise that you make an appointment with a local aromatherapist who will be able to take a full case history and offer you tailored treatment advice. Please note that Base Formula accepts no liability for misuse of essential oils or other products or for any reliance on the information provided within.

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