Homemade remedies to treat oral thrush

Oral thrush is a white colored patch formed inside the mouth due to the overgrowth of the yeast fungus named Candida Albicans. It may occur on any side of the inside of the mouth, it also results for the reddish spots on the tongue and throat. It is more common to children but is prone to adults as well. In adults it mostly affects due to the excessive intake of antibiotics that kill the good bacteria.

You need to consult your doctor if the problem is too hard and is occurring more often to you, but in the mean while you can calm down the thrush by the application of over the counter creams and following some homemade remedies.

Homemade remedies to treat oral thrush

Aloe vera

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Aloe vera is an anti-inflammatory gel which helps restore the fungal residues that are formed on the tongue. It helps clean the tongue and also stops the reformation of oral thrush. One can choose to drink aloe vera juice daily to keep intact the anti-inflammatory properties in the body and clean the oral thrush on a daily basis. The aloe vera gel can also be used as a scrub on the tongue to remove the oral thrush.


Although bitter neem is the best relief from oral thrush! It kills the formation of fungus and also aids in non-formation. There are a lot of toothpastes and mouthwash available with neem extracts which can be chosen for the same. Alternatively, one can use the neem paste to apply on their tongue and wash it off after a while. This shall be bitter but shall remove the traces of white formations completely.

Neem sticks were used by the people in the past decades to clean their teeth and the same is effective even today. Neem sticks are rich in the anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties just like neem leaves. And so, it can be used for cleaning the teeth and tongue alike to get rid of the oral thrush.

Peppermint oil swabbing

Peppermint oil has a refreshing feel to it which makes it a good ingredient in almost all the toothpastes today. The peppermint essential oil can be used to remove the oral thrush and get better tongue. One can just dab a wet cotton with peppermint oil and rub it on the tongue to get rid of the oral thrush. Alternatively, the peppermint essential oil can be mixed in a little water to turn it into a mouthwash and clean the mouth to get rid of the oral thrush.

Apple cider vinegar

Take a cup of warm water and add it one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, stir it and swish the solution for three to four times in a day. This remedy helps to reduce the fungus formation, thereby minimizes the problem.

Boric acid

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Using boric acid to treat the oral rush is a good idea for adults but is not suggested for children. Take one cup of water and add it ¼ tablespoon of boric acid, mix the powder well and use it as a mouth wash. Swish the solution for two to three times in a day. Take care while you are using the boric acid, don’t swallow, it which may  lead to further problems like upset stomach and etc.


The anti-fungal and antibacterial properties of garlic help to fight with the fungus, which is responsible for the development of the thrush. Take one or two garlic cloves and mash them, swallow them directly  or retain them on the infected area for a few minutes, so that the garlic reacts to the infection.


Consume two tablespoons of yogurt that consists of live acidophilus culture to reduce the inflammation. Remember to buy the yogurt with live cultures, because the yogurt, which have been heat pasteurized doesn’t consist of the right amount of lactobacillus bacteria that is needed to control the yeast fungi. Alternatively, you can also prefer taking acidophilus pills, which fights with the bacteria.

Take two acidophilus capsules and break them, add it with one tablespoon of orange juice and have it.

Plantain seed remedy

Soak the planting seed in the proper amount of water to cover the seeds and allow them to swell for overnight. It will create a gel like substance that you can apply on patches of thrush. According to experts after applying this oral thrush will be cleared up within three days but its better to continue the treatment to clear completely the oral thrush. You must be thinking about from where to get such seeds. But there are many places in the market where this seed s available. You can even order it online. Some of the departmental stores will be having the supply.

Use grapefruit seed extract

Among some oral hygienic tips to cure oral thrush here is one more tip for your problem. Apply grapefruit seed extract as it contains anti microbial compound to treat bacterial, parasitic, viral and treat fungal infections. Let’s see how to make this mixture. Add 12 drops of the extract with 30 ml of distilled water. Apply these white patches into baby’s mouth by using cotton swab for every hour. You can increase the amounts of grapefruit extract 15 to 20 drops if the baby’s thrush doesn’t improves.


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Some oils namely lavender oil, clove oil and tea tree oil have anti-infection properties that are necessary to treat the oral thrush. One can easily get the clove oil and lavender oil from the grocery stores. Add few drops of any of the oil to your tooth paste and brush like in a regular manner. Gargle the tooth paste and oil mixture in the mouth for a minute or two and then rinse off with plain water.

Alternatively you can also prepare a mouth wash by using any of the above oils. Add few drops of any oil in a cup of glass water and gargle this solution for two to three times in a day.


This is the wonderful homemade solution through which you can easily get the control over the oral thrush. You need to make a solution out of it. You need to take a cup of warm water and add ½- 1 spoon of salt in it. Now gargle with this solution and stay relieved from the oral thrush. If you can take the strong salty taste of salt sprinkle some salts over your tongue.

Coconut oil

Having thrush on your mouth means you suffer from some sort of oral infection. This oral condition takes place due to fungal infection inside your mouth. Coconut oil works well to cure the fungal infection. Since coconut oil too is edible, you don’t have to worry about its internal use. You can easily touch your tongue with it. You can use a cotton swab to apply virgin coconut oil over the tongue.

Baking soda

Getting baking soda in kitchen cabinet is quite easy. In order to make any type of baked dish, this baking soda can be used. But you will be surprised to know that even this can be used for treating the oral thrush inside your mouth.  You need to take a spoon of baking soda and mix it with water to make a paste. Now apply it over the area inside the mouth where you have oral thrush. Wait for 2-3 minutes and then wash away.


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The spices that we have in our meals have some or the other benefits. This is the reason the culinary experts do use them in right way. Cinnamon is one of the spices that have a very strong smell and flavor. The Candida overgrowth can be restricted with the consumption of cinnamon spice. You can take it in your mouth and use your tongue to move it on an occasional basis. Try this for some time and get benefit.