Picture this. Your coworker decided to take an impromptu vacation, you’ve lost a major client account and your manager had given you 48 hours to pull a rabbit out the hat and fix it. Can we say A-N-X-I-E-T-Y? When you are stressed and run-down it shows, often in the form of a cold sore. Cold sores, also referred to as fever blisters, are very common. Caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV), these small blisters usually appear around the lip, mouth and nose area. The virus typically remains dormant until activated by triggers such as stress, injury, low immunity and fatigue. While they generally clear within 7-10 days, the discomfort and overall appearance makes you want it gone pronto. In this post, we’ll look at six natural remedies to help you get rid of a cold sore sooner, rather than later.
Ever notice how just the idea of peppermint is soothing and refreshing? Peppermint oil is an effective method for treating cold sores, largely in part due to its antiviral properties. In fact, in this study that examined the virucidal effect of peppermint oil, researchers found the oil to be effective against both HSV-1 and HSV-2. But don’t rush out and buy a family size bag of mints just yet. Unless of course, your goal is strictly fresh breath. Peppermint oil is most effective in healing a cold sore when it has direct access to the virus. This means that you are going to need a topical application and below you will find the recommend protocol.
Peppermint Oil Remedy
Before applying the peppermint oil, you will need a clean work surface. Start by gently cleansing the area, avoiding contact with other areas of your face. Next, dilute a few drops of peppermint oil to avoid skin irritation. Moisten a cotton bud with the diluted peppermint oil and gently apply to the affected area. Repeat 1-2 times daily until no longer required.
Vitamins C and E
When it comes to battling cold sores, vitamin C is your faithful ally. How? White blood cells work to defend our bodies from invaders and vitamin C boosts white blood cell count. Think of it as adding soldiers to your army and then storming the castle. Regularly getting enough vitamin C helps to boost your immunity, along with a wealth of other health benefits, so don’t make this a one-time thing. And let’s be honest, with so many ways to get vitamin C through your diet there’s no excuse not to keep this up. Here are 10 vitamin C rich foods to get you started:
Cold sore relief can also be found with the help of a little vitamin E. This vitamin is known for its ability to heal the skin and can help to soothe the discomfort that often accompanies a cold sore. Vitamin E is readily available in oil or capsule form. However, you can also get a boost of vitamin E by consuming these foods:
Licorice root contains glycyrhizic acid, which has been used in traditional Indian medicine for centuries. It’s antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, among others, have led to glycyrhizic acid’s use in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, peptic ulcers, HIV infections and yes; cold sores. However, this doesn’t give you license to go wild eating licorice. In fact, researchers advise that high consumption of glycyrhizic acid can have adverse effects. Instead, we’ll cover how to make a soothing topical cream with licorice root powder to help heal your cold sore.
Licorice Root Remedy
To make your licorice root cream, you will need licorice root powder along with water or petroleum jelly. We’ll start with water as it’s the most accessible. Take one tablespoon of licorice root powder and combine with a half teaspoon of water. Mix to form a cream consistency. Using a cotton bud, gently cover the cold sore with the cream.
If using petroleum jelly, mix one tablespoon of licorice root powder with two teaspoons of petroleum jelly. Mix to form a cream consistency. Using a cotton bud, gently cover the cold sore with the cream. Its recommended to leave the cream on for a few hours; overnight if this is workable.
Next up on our list is vanilla extract. No, not the fake, imitation kind. To maximize health benefits, you’re going to need the real deal -100% vanilla extract. On the upside, you can use the rest of the bottle for delicious baked goods. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties found in vanillin, a component of vanilla extract, is where this remedy gains its merit.
Vanilla Extract Remedy
Here’s how to use it. Once you have quality, vanilla extract on hand take a cotton ball or gauze and soak it in a few drops of the vanilla extract. Gently dab the vanilla soaked cotton ball onto your cold sore. This can be reapplied throughout the day to aid in the healing process. For optimal effectiveness, this should be applied at the onset of the cold sore.
Aloe vera is a healing plant that is well known for its ability to treat skin problems. The aloe vera plant contains hormones that aid in the healing of wounds, vitamins, minerals as well as enzymes that contribute to its medicinal properties. So, it only makes sense that aloe vera is a common remedy used to soothe and help speed up the healing process of cold sores. To take advantage of the health benefits that this plant houses, you simply need a small amount of aloe vera gel.
Aloe Vera Remedy
To use this remedy, you will need about a half teaspoon of aloe vera gel. Coat a cotton bud with the gel and then gently apply to the affected area.
Melissa Lemon Balm
Researchers have found that lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) may be an effective treatment for cold sores caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). In one study, 116 people with HSV applied lemon balm cream to their lip sores and saw a reduction of redness and swelling in just two days. Additionally, in a large German study comprised of 3 hospitals and a clinic, lemon balm cream was shown to reduce healing time.
Melissa Lemon Balm Remedy
To prepare this remedy, you will need two teaspoons of dried lemon balm and one cup of boiling water. Add the dried lemon balm to the boiling water and steep for 15 minutes. Strain. Soak a clean cotton gauze or cotton ball with lemon balm tea and gently dab onto the affected area. Repeat throughout the day.
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