I just pulled my bottom lip away from my teeth, took a package of McDonald's salt and poured it directly onto a canker sore that has been bothering me for a couple of days.
It is no longer bothering me.
IT IS FUCKING TORTURING ME. Sting, ouch, whaaa.
WTF was I thinking???
Oh, I know. I was thinking that my mommy always did this to me when I had a canker sore as a kid and it seemed reasonable to put salt on an open wound at the time so hand me the shaker dudes and let's party.
As I sat back down at my desk with a hint of tears in my eyes, I decided to google whether or not this home remedy has any merit. Now most intelligent people would have done this prior to inflicting severe pain upon themselves but I never claimed to be most people and the jury is still out on the intelligent part.
Lo and Behold! I found this...
How Stuff Works says a home remedy for treating a canker sore is to do the following: Combine 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 2 ounces hydrogen peroxide. Mix and rinse your mouth with it four times daily. If the taste is too strong, or the tingle uncomfortable, dilute with 2 ounces water. You can also just rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water. Or, if you're brave, just apply a little salt directly to your wound.
So apparently Mom was right. OH and I am brave instead of stupid for not knowing gargling with salt diluted with water was an option.
Who else has a odd home remedy from childhood? Did it turn out to be true or a myth?