Monday, June 16, 2008

Home grown cure for mouth problems

Aloe vera is a plant that has been used to heal the skin for more than 2000 years. A review in an US journal reports that it can also be used to treat many oral health problems, including ulcers, cold sores, herpes simplex viruses, lichen planus (a disease which affects the skin and oral mucus) and gingivitis. Aloe vera can be grown at home in a pot. These plants are readily available in nurseries. Place it near a window and water it only when the soil is dry. Make sure you never over-water the plant. If you cut off 2.5 cm of leaf and squeeze out the gel inside, this can be directly applied to the problematic area. Use it quickly and check it. It should be colorless. The bitter yellowish juice is a laxative. You can also buy aloe drinks.

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