Propolis Turned Mouth Brown and Numb?
I have a canker sore that is having a hard time going away (I keep biting it), so I found out about propolis. The lady at our natural foods store said to put some on gauze and put it in my mouth for a while. I got the Herb Pharm propolis liquid extract. I left the gauze in my mouth no longer than 10 minutes. It has left a patch of my skin brown and numb and the skin texture has lost its elasticity and looks dead. I am very upset that I may have caused a bigger problem! Is this normal?
It is very normal for propolis to temporarily turn the skin or tissue it is in contact with brown. This will gradually fade, usually within a day or so as your skin absorbs the propolis fully. As for causing your mouth to go numb, this is not normal. I can assure you that propolis doesn't kill healthy skin tissue. It could be the alcohol in the tincture that has caused the skin to go numb. I don't recommend using alcohol based tinctures in the mouth due to the sensitive nature of the gums and the mouth. Always use a non-alcohol based tincture in the mouth.
Hope that helps,