Dry mouth, medically known as xerostomia, is a common condition that affects many people. It happens when saliva formation becomes less, and your mouth becomes dry and sticky as a result. It is often a symptom of the salivary glands not working properly as is often associated with aging, dehydration, stress, anxiety, snoring, depression, smoking or drinking alcohol. Also, this condition can happen as a result of an ongoing medical treatment. This condition is often followed by the dry throat, bad breath, dry tongue, tingly feeling in the mouth, trouble swallowing, and unquenchable thirst. The good news is that this problem can be easily treated with simple home remedies. Here are 4 natural ways to treat this problem.
1. Increase Fluid Intake: As dehydration is one of the most common reasons behind dry mouth, increasing your fluid intake will help prevent your mouth from drying completely. Proper hydration will encourage the salivary glands to secrete saliva.
2. Fennel Seeds: The flavonoids in fennel seeds stimulate the flow of saliva and hence help get rid of dry mouth. Plus, their aromatic flavor helps combat bad breath that accompanies dry mouth.
• Munch on fennel seeds several times a day to treat dry mouth.
• You can also mix together equal amounts of fennel seeds and fenugreek seeds. Dry roast them in a pan, grind them thoroughly and add a little salt. Eat 1/2 teaspoon of this mixture after each meal.
3. Cayenne Pepper: Cayenne pepper stimulates the salivary glands and increases the flow of saliva.
• Take a little bit of ground pepper on your finger and rub it around your tongue.
• Alternatively, you may also sprinkle cayenne pepper on your salad, soup or other dishes.
4. Slippery Elm: Slippery elm contains mucilage. Due to this substance, it becomes a slick gel when
mixed with water. This gel helps coat and soothe the mouth as well as the throat. Plus, it can effectively relieve many discomforts associated with dry mouth.
• Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of slippery elm to a cup of hot water. Cover and allow it to steep for 10 minutes. Strain, add honey and drink this tea twice daily.
• Alternatively, prepare a paste with some slippery elm bark powder and enough water. Apply it inside the mouth, leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse your mouth with water. Do this once or twice daily.