Remedies for a Bleeding Tongue

The causes for a bleeding tongue vary and include biting the tongue. Other causes for a bleeding tongue include conditions like thrush, or a tongue injury caused by sharp or broken teeth. Tongue ulcers can also develop and cause bleeding and discomfort. Thankfully, there are a number of home remedies for treating a bleeding tongue.

Alum Root

Alum root is an herbal treatment that has astringent and antiviral agents. It is often used for bleeding cessation in cuts and wounds, for the treatment of skin abrasions, and for ulcers that occur on the lip. Alum root can be diluted in water to create an effective mouthwash to treat bleeding tongue conditions and other mouth sore formations. To make a mouthwash out of alum root, you can mix four 600 milligram capsules in 295ml of water. Stir the mixture and rinse your mouth thoroughly with the mix twice a day until your tongue bleeding and mouth sores subside. This remedy is not recommended for long term usage, as it can eventually lead to liver damage. Do not use Alum Root for more than seven days in a row.


Calendula tea has antiviral agents that help heal bleeding tongue conditions as well as ulcers that have formed in the digestive tract. The tea can also be consumed for the treatment of sore throat, swollen glands, and fever. Calendula tea has a bitter, spicy flavour; you can mix 5 to 10 grams of Calendula in a cup of hot water. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes. You can consume the tea three times a day to treat bleeding tongue conditions.

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is an herb with antiviral properties. This herb is commonly used to deal with sores from genital herpes, cold sores, and to treat colds and flu. It is equally effective for treating sores on the tongue that bleed. You can use lemon balm as a mouthwash by rinsing your mouth with the tea; use 1.5 to 4.5 grams of lemon balm in hot water, and allow it to steep for 15 minutes. Once cooled, rinse your mouth with the Lemon Balm mouthwash four times a day until your condition subsides.


Liquorice is an herb with anti-inflammatory and antiviral agents. The herb is commonly used to treat gastric ulcers and issues in the digestive tract. It can help to promote faster healing of bleeding tongue conditions. This herb has a sweet flavour and can be consumed as a tea. Brew one to five grams of the herb in hot water for 15 minutes. You can consume this remedy three times a day until your bleeding tongue condition subsides.

Echinacea and Thrush

Bleeding tongue conditions can be caused by oral thrush: a condition caused by an overgrowth of Candida in the body. Echinacea can be used as a natural mouthwash for oral thrush conditions. Echinacea is a natural immune system stimulant, and it has antiviral and antibacterial agents. It is often used as a wash for treating gum issues and mouth sores, too. You can mix two droppersful of Echinacea tincture in a cup of warm water; rinse your mouth with the mixture three to four times a day until your condition subsides.


Sometimes a bleeding tongue can be associated with tongue cancer. If you note mouth ulcers, pain in the throat, a lump in your throat, throat ulcers, tongue soreness, ear pain, and difficulty swallowing along with tongue bleeding, you may need a visit with a physician to rule out tongue cancer. In additional, dental issues like sharp or broken teeth that might be causing injury to your tongue will also have to be addressed to avoid future tongue bleeding.

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About the Author

Robin Reichert is a certified nutrition consultant, certified personal trainer and professional writer. She has been studying health and fitness issues for more than 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health from Clayton College.