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Dry mouth home remedy and natural treatments

The medical term for dry mouth is xerostomia. If you have reduced salivary flow or a change in the composition of saliva, then these conditions can lead to dry mouth.

dry mouth can result from drinking alcoholsmokingdepression, snoring, anxietystressdehydration, and aging.

Also, pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers can have dry mouth because they have hormonal changes and dehydration.

Also, this condition can be caused by some medications used to treat anxiety, and nerve pain also known as neuropathy and depression. Pain medications, muscle relaxants, decongestants, and antihistamines can also lead to dry mouth.

Nerve damage, autoimmune diseases, and diabetes can also lead to dry mouth.

Radiation therapy and chemotherapy can also lead to dry mouth. This condition has many symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, speaking, and chewing, bad breath, cracked lips, loss of taste, mouth sores, excessive thirst, a rough tongue, thick or stringy saliva, and parched feeling in the mouth.

You have sticky feeling in your mouth, which can be irritating and uncomfortable. Sometimes people say that they have cotton mouth. You should not chew or smoke tobacco because it can hamper the saliva production.

Also, you can gargle your mouth with saltwater three to four times per day. What is important to remember is that you should not breathe through your mouth. You should breathe through your nose.

You should not consume acidic or spicy foods because they are irritating the inside of your mouth.

Also, you should not eat too many sugar products because they will increase your risk of getting tooth decay. Many home remedies can help you get rid of the dry mouth. In the most cases, you should use them every day, but you need to talk with your doctor before you take them.

8 Dry Mouth Home Remedy

Increase fluid intake

One of the most common causes for dry mouth is dehydration. You must increase your fluid intake because in this way, your body will be hydrated [1].

When you have normal hydration, your body produces more saliva, which can also help you rid of the symptoms you feel. You should consume an ample of water every day. If you do not drink water or cannot drink it, you should suck on small pieces of ice.

You should eat partly frozen chunks of vegetables and fruits which are based on water, such as cucumberpineapple, and watermelon. You should drink smooth vegetable juices or fruit juices. Also, you should include coconut water in your diet. You should drink one to two glasses of coconut water every day. Also, you should add herbal teas in your diet, such as chamomile teagreen tea, etc. You should eat soups and stews, which are liquid and soft foods. You should avoid drinking alcohol, sodas, and coffee because these kinds of drinks can increase the dehydration.

Aloe Vera

This is one of the best home remedies for dry mouth. It can enhance the taste buds, and also it will protect the sensitive tissues in your mouth. You should drink ¼ coup of Aloe Vera juice every day because you will get rid of this problem.

Also, you can use the Aloe Vera juice to rinse your mouth. You should do this process several times per day.

Also, you can apply pure Aloe Vera gel around your mouth. You should do this method with a cotton swab. You should let this remedy to stay on your mouth in a period of a few minutes. Then, you should rinse your mouth with cold water. You should do this process two to three times per day. [2]

Cayenne pepper

If you suffer from dry mouth, then you should use cayenne pepper because it stimulates the production of saliva. Also, it will bolster the taste buds, which means you can better distinguish bitter, salty, sweet, and sour flavors.

You should make your finger wet and then you should put a small amount of ground cayenne pepper on it. You should rub your tongue with this remedy. In the first moments, it may cause a burning sensation, but this remedy will help stimulate the salivary glands.

Also, you can add cayenne pepper in your saladssoups, and other dishes. Also, you can use cayenne pepper capsules, but you must talk with your doctor before you start using it. [3]

Grapeseed oil

This is also a very effective home remedy if you want to rid of the symptoms of this disease. It can keep your mouth moist for a long period and will also help coat your mouth because these seeds have moisturizing properties.

Also, they are rich with Vitamin E. This vitamin can help you to cure any kind of sores which you have in your mouth. You should put some amount of grapeseed oil on your fingers. Then, you should rub the inside of your cheeks and tongue with this oil. You should let this remedy to stay on your tongue and cheeks through the night.

When you are awake, then you should wash your teeth as usual but before you wash your teeth, you should rinse your mouth with warm water. You should repeat this treatment every day before you go to bed. [4]

Fennel seeds

This natural remedy will help you to rid of the dry mouth because it has flavonoids as its components which are stimulating the flow of saliva. In many cases, when people suffer from dry mouth, then they also feel bad breath.

This natural remedy has an aromatic flavor, which can help you to beat this side effect of the dry mouth. You should munch on fennel seeds several times per day if you want to beat this condition.

Also, you should make a mixture from equal amounts of fenugreek seeds and fennel seeds. You should dry roast this mixture in a pan. You should grind these ingredients, and then you should add a small amount of salt in this mixture. You should eat one and a half teaspoon of this mixture after every meal. [5]


It can help you get relief from the dry mouth, and this remedy will also help you stimulate the production of saliva. It will eliminate the bad breath, and also it will help you to have a clean mouth because this fruit has acidic nature.

In a glass of water, you should add a small amount of honey and a juice of ½ lemon. You should sip this water throughout the day because in this way you

Natural cures for dry mouth

Slippery elm

It has mucilage. When this component is mixed with water, then it becomes a slick gel. It can help you to soothe the throat, the muscle, and also it helps coat. Also, there are many other discomforts which are accompanied with this condition which means that they will also disappear when you use this natural remedy.

You should add one to two tablespoons of slippery elm in one cup of hot water. You should cover the cup. Then, you should steep this mixture for ten minutes. You should strain it. Then, you should drink this kind of tea. You should drink this tea two times per day.

Also, you can make a paste from this remedy. You will need a small amount of slippery elm bark powder and enough amount of water. You should apply this paste inside of your mouth. You should let it stay there in a period of few minutes. Then, you should rinse your mouth with water. 

You can repeat it twice per day, or you can apply it just once per day. This remedy will help you to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Also, you can make homemade lemonade. This will help you to rid of the dry mouth. But you should not drink lemonade, which does not have a sugar component. You can also sprinkle a small amount of salt on a small piece of lemon. Then, you should rub this piece of lemon on your tongue. This will enhance your taste buds. [6]

Oil pulling

This is one of the best home remedies you can use if you want to get rid of the dry mouth. This natural remedy can keep your mouth moist. It can help you to rid of the bad breath, and also it can help you to have good oral health.

You can do the oil pulling with sesame oilcoconut oil, or other types of vegetable oils. You will need to put one tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil in your mouth.

Then, you should swish this kind of oil around your mouth. You should do this in a period of ten minutes. Then, you should spit this oil out of your mouth. You should rinse your mouth with warm water.

Then, you should brush your teeth as you usually do. When you are awake in the morning you should do this treatment. It is very important to do this treatment before you start with your breakfast or you consume something. What is important to remember is to not swallow or gargle this kind of oil.


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[2] Fox LT, du Plessis J, Gerber M, et al. In Vivo skin hydration and anti-erythema effects of Aloe vera, Aloe ferox and Aloe marlothii gel materials after single and multiple applications. Pharmacognosy Magazine. 2014;10(Suppl2):S392-S403.

[3] Campos-Hernández N, Jaramillo-Flores ME, Téllez-Medina DI, Alamilla-Beltrán L. Effect of traditional dehydration processing of pepper jalapeno rayado (Capsicum annuum) on secondary metabolites with antioxidant activity. CyTA – Journal of Food. 2017;16(1):316-324.

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[6] Watts CR, Rousseau B. Slippery elm, its biochemistry, and use as a complementary and alternative treatment for laryngeal irritation. American Journal of Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology. 2012;1(1):17-23.

Dr. Emil Sarsath (aka) Vijila, a licensed naturopathic doctor (BSMS) who always ensures his patients receive compassionate, and individualized care. He has extensive experience in primary care, digestive health, mental health, nervous system disorder and more.Area of Expertise – Naturopathic Medicine, Whole Foods-based Nutrition, Siddha, Panchakarma.She is always available through [email protected]


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