15 Surprising Home Remedies for Burning Tongue

by Kiran Patil last updated -

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Home remedies for burning tongue include the use of glycerin, ice cubes, sugar-free gum, baking soda, nutritional diet, Triphala and babool decoctions, honey, herbal juices, Echinacea, lavender oil, papaya, Aloe Vera, black tea, Tabasco sauce, and apples.

 Home Remedies for Burning Tongue

Some of the most useful and easy home remedies for the treatment and cure of burning tongue are listed below:

Aloe Vera

Applying Aloe Vera gel over the burning tongue two or three times a day can relieve the burning sensation.

Ice Cubes

Application of ice cubes over the burning areas may reduce the pain in those areas.

Sugar-Free Gum

Chewing sugar-free gum can temporarily relieve the burning sensation.

Baking Soda

Baking soda can be used for brushing the teeth, instead of commercial toothpaste.

Nutritional Diet

Iron-rich food like dates, bran flakes, sesame seeds, and cashew nuts can also be taken. Also, a diet with leafy vegetables, juices, food rich in vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B12, zinc, etc can reduce the burning sensation.

Triphala and Babool Decoctions

Gargling with a decoction prepared of the Ayurvedic herb, Triphala, is a good home remedy for burning tongue. This is said to be cooling for the tongue.

Tabasco Sauce

A mouth rinse with water and a few drops of Tabasco sauce can relieve the pain in the tongue. A chemical known as capsaicin present in the Tabasco sauce depletes a pain signaling chemical in the nerve cells, thereby relieving the associated pain.


Rinsing the mouth with cold apple juice can cool the burning tongue.


Applying glycerin over the tongue can reduce the burning sensation as well.


Eating papaya can heal the burns with its enzymes that can rejuvenate the burnt skin.

Black Tea

The cool extracts of black tea can be applied to the burning tongue. The extracts can be collected by soaking 2-3 tea bags in a cup of water and boiling them. Tannic acid present in the tea absorbs the heat, then cools and soothes the burn.


About 20 drops of the herb, Echinacea, can be taken as a remedy for burning tongue.


Honey can be applied over the tongue like an ointment. It helps in reducing the inflammation.

Herbal Juices

If the burning tongue syndrome is attributed to a deficiency of gastric acid in the stomach, then the intake of juices of herbs like dandelion, wormwood, plantain, black radish, and nettle can cure this syndrome.

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil can be applied over the burned tongue using cotton dabs to reduce the pain and to promote rapid healing.

Also, drinking plenty of water can absorb the heat in the burning area and relieve the burning sensation. Intake of hot and spicy food should be avoided. If the pain exists, it is advisable to see a doctor as soon as possible.

About the Author

Kiran Patil is the founder of Organic Facts. He has a keen interest in health, nutrition, and organic living. He completed his B.Tech and M. Tech (Chemical Engineering) from IIT Bombay and has been actively writing about health and nutrition since over past 12 years. When not working he likes to trek and do gardening.

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