10 Home Remedies for Dry Mouth
Xerostomia, or dry mouth, occurs when the body ceases to produce a sufficient amount of saliva. Often a side effect of dehydration, and brings with it various irritations and social embarrassments, it is a frustrating affliction. Luckily, we have 10 quick and easy remedies for dry mouth you can try.
The first home remedy is the easiest: drink more water. Because dry mouth is the lack of saliva production, it creates a dry parched mouth and throat.
Drinking lots of water is the best home remedy to keep hydrated to wet your palate and relieve the irritation associated with xerostomia.
As mentioned, dry mouth is often a side effect of dehydration. Because of this, adding more liquids and water to your diet is key. But when the body has become thoroughly dehydrated, water is often not enough. restoring your body with electrolytes is a great natural remedy to decrease the effects of dehydration such as dry mouth, and return your bodies natural moisture. Store bought drinks are often useful, but home-brewed beverages can do the trick. Combine salt, sugar and baking soda with your water to create a electrolyte-boosting drink sure to revitalize.
#3. Chewing Gum
Chewing on a piece of gum is a great natural remedy to stimulate natural saliva production. The act of chewing tricks your body into thinking it is eating, and therefore needs to digest. This triggers the glands to start producing saliva, immediately helping to reduce dryness and irritation. It is a great way to naturally combat symptoms of dry mouth.
#4. Cayenne Pepper
The intense heat and spice of cayenne pepper has been known to make our eyes water, our noses pour, and our bodies sweat. In essence, it causes the body to flush out the heat. In the same way, cayenne pepper will kick-start your saliva glands, stimulating moisture production and helping to alleviate dry mouth. As an added bonus, the spice may not come across as strongly in taste, as xerostomia often dulls the taste buds. This means you can get all the benefits of pepper without over-stimulating your tastes.
#5. Evening Primrose Oil
This oil, high in fatty acids, helps to lubricate the mouth and throat and elevate dryness associated with xerostomia. By acting as a saliva substitute, primrose oil coats the mouth and wets the palate.
Rosemary can be used as a natural replacement for mouth wash, without the negative side effects of further drying out your mouth. As rosemary can help fight germs, it is an excellent addition to any home-made rinsing agents. Herbal mouth washes – including ones made with rosemary – are some of the best natural remedies that can help moisten dry mouths while fighting off infection or bacteria which may be causing the affliction, or be side effects of the xerostomia. Boil rosemary in water with a combination of mint and/or fennel.
Having anything to chew on will help to increase saliva in your mouth and throat – an excellent way to combat dry mouth. Parsley, however, has a few added benefits which make it one of our top natural home remedies when it comes to fighting xerostomia. Along with the parched, rough tongue and palate, dry mouth can often bring the embarrassing side – effect of bad breath. By choosing a herb to chew such as parsley, you can help to stimulate saliva glands while naturally fighting off bad breath.
Like chewing gum and parsley, chewing celery can help to naturally stimulate saliva production. As celery is also extremely high in water, it is an excellent source of moisture for dry mouth sufferers making it a dually effective natural home remedy for xerostomia.
Aniseed, or fennel, can be used in a similar way to parsley, as seen above. It too holds the dual benefit of fighting off bad breath which increases saliva production. Chew the seeds raw to kick start your saliva glands, or brew them down to create a germ and odour fighting mouth wash.
#10. Wet Foods
it may sound simple, but adding more liquids to your diet can help to moisten your mouth and reduce the symptoms of dry mouth. Certain foods and drinks can suck the moisture out of your body (for example, salts and sour foods) while others add water and moisture. Consider saucy or smoother dishes like yogurt or soups for ease of eating, as well as to help wet your palate and decrease dry mouth irritation.