Sea Buckthorn Oil for Mouth Sores


clear glass bottle filled with seabuckthorn oil for canker sores and seabuckthorn berries and leaves

Seabuckthorn Oil


If you’re looking for one of the best home remedies for canker sores, you should try using sea buckthorn oil.

Seabuckthorn oil is an extract made from the Seabuckthorn plant; a deciduous plant originally found in Asia and Russia.

The sea buckthorn plant, seeds and oils were traditionally used in China for hundreds of years as an herbal medicine.

Ancient Chinese medical practitioners used extracts of the plant and seeds to treat digestive issues, relieve chest colds and to reduce or alleviate muscle aches and pains.

The flowers of the plant were also used to soften skin and the berries were believed to have anti-cancer effects.

Sea buckthorn oil has been proven to be a natural remedy for mouth sores.


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Seabuckthorn oils have been shown to contain a number of active ingredients, including a range of fatty acids and antioxidants, that provide a number of health benefits:

  • Helps treat inflammation – The Chinese found this extract has anti-inflammatory properties and was useful for treating peptic ulcers, eczema, burns, psoriasis and dermatitis.
  • Strong antioxidant activity – The oil contains high amounts of carotenoids, tocopherols, tocotrienols, lycopene and vitamin E which may help fight free radical damage.
  • Supports wound healing – Seabuckthorn oil has high amounts of a rare fatty acid called palmitoleic acid. This fatty acid is found in your skin fat and scientists claim it helps support cell, tissue and wound healing.

orange and yellow seabuckthorn berries on a plant

Sea Buckthorn Berries

And latest research appears to support why this product is one of the best home remedies for canker sores….

A study in 1989 treated sixty (60) children with canker sores with sea buckthorn oil.

The oils were applied 3 – 4 times a day and all 60 children showed significant improvement after 2 days of treatment. After 3 – 5 days of treatment, 55 of the children were cured and two severe cases were completely cured after 8 days of treatment.

Here’s another report published in the May/June 2003 issue of AgroFood Industry Hi-Tech Journal showing sea buckthorn oil helps promote the regeneration of skin and mucous membranes, improves immune function, reduces oxidation and boosts cardiovascular health.


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How to Apply Sea Buckthorn Oil to Mouth Sores:

hand holding a Q-tip dipped in bottle of Seabuckthorn oil for canker sore

I think the best way to apply sea buckthorn oil to mouth sores or canker sores is to use a Q-tip.

If you have the soft gel capsules you can use a needle or pin to pierce the capsule and then gently squeeze the capsule to drip the oil onto the Q-tip.

The oil has very strong penetrating powers so be careful not to drip any oil on your clothes because it will stain your clothes.

I found the oil does wash off quite easily when I accidentally dripped some oil on my shirt, but I had to put it the washer to completely remove the oil.

 The oil will also stain your fingers but I found it also easily washes out with some mild soap and water.


Follow these 4 Easy Steps:

  • Try to dry the area of your mouth where the sore is.
  • Dip a clean Q-tip into the bottle and apply to the sore.
  • Try to keep your mouth open for a few seconds to let the oils absorb.
  • Most importantly – Repeat 3 – 4 times throughout the day.



Where to Buy Sea Buckthorn Oils:

I found the best places to get this healthy skin oil is at local organic or health food stores.  You can also get it at many online retailers.

Due to the growing popularity of this healthy skin oil, you can now get it in lotions, soaps, soft gels and bottled oils. Many people have found it’s effective for relieving symptoms for many skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis and rosacea.

If you’re going to be using the oil specifically for canker sores, I would recommend using the bottled oils, not the capsules.

bottle of Siberian Cold-Pressed Seabuckthorn Seed and Fruit Oil

The bottle pictured here is one I ordered from Siberian Tiger Naturals, based Vermont. At press time, I had bought a 1 ounce bottle for under $25.

Sea Buck Wonders is another company that sells a 1.76 ounce bottle of 100% Certified Organic Sea Buckthorn Oils available from which has received many favorable reviews.

The oils can be made from the fruit or seeds of the plant. It’s reported that seed oils are supposed to have a higher concentration of fatty acids (compared to the fruit oils). I have used oils made from the fruit and found it worked just fine for treating my canker sores.

You may find these plant oils are one of the best home remedies for canker sores. Please remember that not everyone will get the same results, but I hope this will be an effective treatment for your canker sores.


Research References:

Sea buckthorn oils: Towards healthy mucous membranes. Risto, Erkkola and Baoru, Yang, AGROFood Industry Hi-Tech, May/June 2003

Safety and healing efficacy of Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L.) seed oils on burn wounds in rats. Food and Chemical Toxicology. 2009 Feb 10

Effects of dietary supplementation with sea buckthorn (Hippophaë rhamnoides) seed and pulp oils on atopic dermatitis. Journal of Nutrition and Biochemistry. 1999 Nov;10(11):622-30.

Anti-atherogenic effects of seabuckthorn (Hippophaea rhamnoides) seed oils. Phytomedicine. 2007 Nov;14(11):770-7.

Management of burn wounds with Hippophae rhamnoides oils. Nan Fang Yi Ke Da Xue Xue Bao. 2006 Jan;26(1):124-5.


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Kevin is a full-time blogger with a passion for functional, whole food nutrition. A former Registered Respiratory Therapist with over 25 years experience in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, he also has additional training as a Certified Natural Products Advisor. He enjoys a vibrant lifestyle that includes healthy foods, workouts focusing on core strength with flexibility and longboarding to stay fit and agile.