Cuts on a Tongue: Ayurvedic Natural Home Remedies

Cuts on a Tongue - Ayurvedic Natural Home remedy

Infections are the most unlikely reasons for cuts on the tongue (blisters). Although cuts on the tongue are uncomfortable, they are nothing to be anxious about as most small cuts need no care into whatsoever.

Tongue blisters commonly form due to an injury like suddenly biting the tongue with your teeth, scalding your tongue accidentally and grinding your teeth.

Other causes include food allergies, viral infections, canker sores, mouth ulcers, burning tongue syndrome, enlarged papillae and certain medical conditions like diabetes, anemia and oral cancer.

Excessive smoking, vitamin B deficiency, eating too much fatty foods, side effects of some medication and use of chemical-based mouthwashes can also contribute to this problem.

Tongue blisters may be yellow or white, surrounded by a reddened area. The pain and inflammation associated with tongue blisters can make anyone feel irritated. Plus, the blisters can make it difficult to eat food properly.

Learn what you can do to help relieve pain and speed up healing time. The tongue is mostly composed of muscle that aids in the eating process. It moves food in the mouth to help with chewing and swallowing. On the upper surface of the tongue are thousands of small bumps (papillae) that give us our sense of taste. The tongue also helps us form words. People often cut their tongue while eating, talking, or playing sports. Although most tongue cuts are not serious, they can be very painful.

In general, tongue blisters last for about a week and disappear on their own. However, you can try some natural remedies to help alleviate the pain and inflammation. Some remedies also promote faster healing.

Tongue blisters: causes, symptoms and treatment

Causes of tongue cuts (tongue blisters)

Cuts on the tongue can be anywhere on the tongue, on the top surface, on the underside of the tongue, as well as on the sides of the tongue. Cuts on the tongue can be caused by any of the following reasons.

  • Accidentally biting the tongue.
  • Eating foods that have sharp edges that may injure the tongue.
  • A traumatic injury to the face and mouth, including the tongue.
  • Deficiency in vitamins C and B.
  • Tongue ulcers: Tongue ulcers can also have signs of cuts on the tongue. However, this will not be the only symptom as it usually occurs along with other symptoms such as bumps in the tongue that bleed or have a burning sensation.
  • Fissured tongue: A condition in which the entire tongue has deep cuts or grooves, usually not very painful, and common in people as they age. This is believed to be a hereditary condition, which is usually harmless.
  • Allergic reactions to certain foods can also cause cuts in the mouth.

Symptoms of tongue cuts

Cuts in the tongue are easy to diagnose, they are characterized by the following symptoms.

  • A cut or fissure or wound on the tongue
  • Reddening of the area
  • Occasionally, a bit of inflammation
  • Burning sensation
  • Sensitivity to hot and spicy foods
  • Mild discomfort or pain

Quick reliefs

1. Chewing Dry coconut with Sugar candy (Mishri) gives relief from cuts on the tongue.

2. Applying honey on the cut also helps in healing cuts on the tongue.

3. Sucking a Clove (Laung) also helps in curing cuts on the tongue.

Cuts on a Tongue - Ayurvedic Natural Home remedies

Home remedies on tongue blisters


Turmeric has antiseptic properties that can help relieve the pain and inflammation caused by tongue blisters.

  • Mix 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder with 1 tablespoon of honey.
  • Apply the paste on the blisters with your finger and leave it on for at least 3 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with warm water. Do this 3 or 4 times daily for a few days.
  • Alternatively, add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder to a glass of warm milk. Drink it once daily to promote healing.


Neem or Indian lilac leaf paste is another home remedy that is believed to be effective in treating cuts on the tongue.

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Ice has a numbing effect that will give you soothing and immediate relief from the pain. Along with pain, ice can also reduce swelling and inflammation, two common symptoms of tongue blisters.

  • Hold ice chips or cubes directly on the blisters or rub an ice cube on them until they become numb.
  • Alternatively, you can take sips of ice cold water from time to time to get relief from pain.

Vitamin B and C diet

If the cuts are due to deficiency, including vitamin B and C rich foods in your diet may be a good idea. Alternatively, taking vitamin supplements can help combat the deficiency.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is also recommended for treating tongue blisters due to its natural healing and antibacterial properties. Aloe vera can speed up healing and also reduce pain and inflammation.

  • Cut an aloe vera leaf to extract the gel.
  • Apply this gel on the blisters and leave it on for 5 minutes.
  • Rinse your mouth with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat several times a day for about 3 to 4 days.

Hydrogen peroxide

Use of a mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide to rinse the mouth. In eight ounces of water, add a tablespoon of peroxide solution. Rinse your mouth with this. It may sting for a little while, but your tongue will soon start healing.

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Goldenseal root

Goldenseal root is considered to be highly effective for treating this condition. Add a few pieces of the root to a glass of water and let it simmer for a few minutes on a low-medium fire. Once the decoction cools, strain it into a glass. This should then be used to rinse the mouth 2-3 times a day.

Prevention in tongue cuts

The following should be avoided while the tongue blisters are under healing process (these can increase pain and/or delay cure):

  • hot and spicy foods
  • tart foods like citrus fruits
  • sharp foods like chips
  • chocolate
  • caffeine
  • alcohol
  • cigarettes
  • oral sex
  • excessive brushing
  • oily foods
  • fast foods

8 Responses to Cuts on a Tongue: Ayurvedic Natural Home Remedies

  1. jerry lost says:

    Good article. I have the same problem and don’t know what to do! Did you find any remedies given here that helped yet?? If you did, please let me know so I can try it myself. Thanks!

    • My wife was a diabetes patient since 2010 she was using insulin humulin N and R with doses of 10 and 8 respectively in the mornings after meals. Her eyes was weak she feels pain in her legs and feet she was becoming and weaker and weaker. On the advice of the Doctor she started insulin but no fruitful results was achieved,if not for herbal medicine i dont know what could ave happened.

  2. Mandy C says:

    I work in dermatology and a fissured tongue is technically called Geographic tongue. You can get a medical prescription for it but since you are seeking an alternative method you can simply get a probiotic such as Culturelle or Acidophyllis..get it in capsule form. OPEN the capsule on your tongue and hold it there for about 10-15 seconds and do that twice a day until the area has healed..once it has healed continue to just swallow the whole capsules 2 times a day indefinately..Geographic tongue can be caused by an overgrowth of the unhealthy bacteria in your Digestive tract and by taking acidophyllis (the healthy live bacteria) you will replace the healthy bacteria which will in turn destroy the bad stuff and keep it at bay.

  3. Jordan says:

    I several large fissures in my tongue that can be quite painful when eating acidic foods like tomatoes. I didn’t have this when I was younger and it seems to be getting worse with age. I’ve been taking vitamins everyday for a decade, including B vitamins but that does not seem to help. I’ve read that “calcarea phosphorica 6x” can help improve this condition. Is this true? What other treatments have been shown to work? Thanks.

  4. Zeenat Chauhan says:

    Develop recently so bit curious. It could be a thyroid problem..but I may be wrong.. i’m saying this because my mom had that same problem, she got a checkup and it turned out something was wrong with her thyroid

  5. claudia m says:

    I have sort of a sliver of skin from my tongue that hasn’t healed for months. It could be a nerve because it hurts like hell every time i try to cut it out and I have no other ideas of what to do.

  6. Hawert Morris says:

    i have a blister on the back of my tongue. i cant touch it with my back teeth and it acts as a sore throat when i eat. is there any way to get rid of it. and no i do not have herpes. i stopped practicing oral sex since last 6 months due to same problem. So How to get rid of blister at back of tongue? … will the tips in the article help ?

  7. Mary says:

    very nice article. I have problems of chewing off tongue while eating meats. This can help a lot.

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