12 Effective Remedies for Dry Mouth

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

Dry mouth can be an annoying and even painful condition that affects many people, but there are a number of effective remedies for this condition, including coconut juice, green tea, cayenne pepper, extra hydration, lemon, aloe vera, and even candy!

Dry mouth or xerostomia is a condition when the salivary glands do not produce enough saliva, making it difficult to speak, eat, and digest food which can result in malnutrition. The decrease in or lack of saliva can also have a major impact on your overall health, cause gum problems and tooth decay, as well as affect your enjoyment of food. [1]

Fortunately, if you want to avoid this obviously unpleasant situation, there are a few dietary and lifestyle changes that can get rid of dry mouth for good. Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the most effective remedies for dry mouth. [2]

Home Remedies for Dry Mouth

Home remedies for dry mouth include:

Cayenne Pepper

When our taste buds and nerve endings experience an extreme stimulant, the body’s natural response is to produce saliva. For example, when we eat something spicy, we begin to salivate in order to soothe the burning sensation, so if you’re suffering from dry mouth, take a bit of cayenne powder and rub it on your tongue or gums. Your mouth will be flooded with saliva almost immediately, and your dry mouth issues will disappear! [3]


The citric acid found in lemons and lemon juice can quickly stimulate the production of saliva, and also protect your mouth from infections that can contribute to bad breath and other oral issues. You can rub a slice of lemon on your tongue, mix lemon juice with honey, or simply suck on a lemon slice to eliminate your dry mouth. [4]

A close-shot of a woman's face with chapped, dry lips

Dry mouth is a condition that results from a decreased volume of saliva in the mouth. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Aloe Vera

This is one of the oldest and most trusted remedies for dry mouth. Aloe vera juice is rich in antioxidants, nutrients, and naturally hydrating substances, and can also stimulate the production of saliva in the mouth. Furthermore, aloe vera can enhance the function of the taste buds and protect you from oral infections. [5]


Although dehydration isn’t the sole cause of dry mouth, it is certainly to blame some of the time. If you increase your daily intake of water, you’re much less likely to suffer from dry mouth, as it will increase the amount of saliva that your body produces, and also lubricates the throat, gums, and lips, preventing some of the more uncomfortable side effects of xerostomia. [6]

Grapeseed Oil

There are a number of natural moisturizing properties of grapeseed oil that makes it very good at preventing or eliminating dry mouth symptoms. Simply rub a small amount of grapeseed oil on your gums and on your tongue, and it should keep your mouth hydrated and moisturized for hours! [7]

Get a Humidifier

If you regularly wake up in the middle of the night suffering from dry mouth, it may be because the environment of your bedroom is too dry. Getting a humidifier can be a simple and effective way to handle dry mouth and ensure that you have restful, undisturbed sleep. [8]

Different Medications

If you find yourself suffering from xerostomia and are also taking a new medication, try speaking to your doctor about alternative prescriptions that don’t have dry mouth as such a consistent symptom, as those medications are very commonly the root cause of your suffering. [9]

Develop a Sweet Tooth

Anecdotal evidence suggests that sucking on hard candy or chewing on sugar-free gum can quickly stimulate the production of saliva, so if you feel like a bout of cotton mouth coming on, simply pop a piece of candy and the problem should clear itself up in no time! [10]

Change Your Breathing Pattern

One of the quickest ways to dry out your mouth is to continually breathe through your mouth. If you are constantly bringing dry air into your mouth and throat, that air will rob you of hydration, thus drying out your mouth. If you can consciously try to breathe through your nose and out through your mouth, you are far less likely to experience dry mouth. [11]

An infographic on the home remedies for dry mouth

It is advisable to cut down on caffeine if you have a dry mouth. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Quit Smoking

All tobacco products dry out the mouth, so if you’re a regular smoker, or chew tobacco, don’t be surprised if you suffer from dry mouth. The best way to eliminate the problem, obviously, is to cease all use of tobacco products, not only for the sake of your xerostomia but also the many other health risks that smoking and tobacco use incurs. [12]

Reduce Caffeine Intake

Studies have shown that caffeine can dehydrate the body and also dry out the mouth, so eliminating coffee, or at least cutting back to one cup a day, should keep your mouth properly salivated all day. [13]

Limit Alcohol Consumption

There is a good reason why you feel so thirsty and weak after a long night of drinking. Alcohol dehydrates the body faster than almost any other substance, so if you regularly suffer from xerostomia, your alcohol intake is certainly not helping. [14]

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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