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Home remedies for cold sores

by Cherie Pasion
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on Sep 14 in Green Living 0 Comments

Who out there gets cold sores?  I bet there are a lot of you, and together we can share in the pain.

At the moment I have a couple of pretty severe coldsores.  On the weekend I was camping with a group of friends and we went for a 2 hour walk along the coastline to a lookout.  I left my bag in the tent and just carried some money in my pockets. So, when the winds picked up and my lips started to feel chafed and wind-burnt, I didn't have my trusty lip-gloss (I'm using a gorgeous one local to Goomburra Valley made from organic macadamia oil, coconut oil,beeswax, shea butter, honey and orange oil.)

I knew immediately what was going to come, so I started applying coldsore cream when I got back to camp, and when I returned home I started on the lysine tablets straight away, but, the pesky little coldsores still reared their ugly head anyway.

I'm using a store bought remedy, Zovirax, but I've also been researching more natural remedies.  I'm dosed up on Lysine and avoiding arginine foods (such as chocolate, nuts, and grains).  I also apply ice to try to reduce the swelling.

Today I have applied a warm tea bag to the coldsores, as I read the tannins have good healing properties for coldsores.  I also rubbed them with a cut garlic and applied the best quality peppermint oil that is on the market, as I read that they are good anti-virals.  I'll keep applying these remedies throughout the day to see how it goes, and will let you know later how successful I find them.

For those of you out there who get cold sores - I'd love to hear all about your experience with home remedies.  Having read a few other websites, can I please say right now that - No, this isn't a blog where I want to hear about the use of a) bleach or b) nail polish remover (Really??  I mean come on, do you want to put that on your lips?)

I look forward to reading about other remedies out there!


It's been more than a month since I've written this post - and during this time, I have worked out the formula that really works for me:  garlic and peppermint oil.   As you know, when coldsores are in the system, it can be difficult to get rid of them.  Just when one goes, another one comes up.  So, whenever I have felt the tell-tale sign, I have rubbed the area with a cut garlic and topically applied a tiny bit of high-grade peppermint oil (mixing it with some skin cream to dilute).  It stops the coldsore in its tracks - and it never even breaks the surface. 

I don't really believe in panaceas - and maybe I've gotten lucky - but this really works for me, so I'll be sure to continue carrying around the peppermint oil in my handbag!

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