I was recently interviewed for a magazine article about my interest in (OK…obsession with) natural remedies. As a result, I must have natural remedies on the brain because this is the second post I’ve done about them this week. But really, what’s not to love? Natural remedies typically take minutes to put together, require only a handful of ingredients that are all easy to pronounce, and may just save you a trip to the doctor’s office.
Today we’re talking natural remedies for the unsightly and uncomfortable cold sore!
Cold sores and fever blisters are mainly caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 or HSV-1. HSV-1 is typically spread through kissing or sharing eating utensils. While there is no cure for Herpes, it is possible to control symptoms. In fact, some people may have one outbreak and then never have another one! Cold sores don’t pose any serious health threats but they can be painful and certainly don’t look very nice. As much as 90% of American adults have been exposed to the HSV-1 virus so cold sores are a very common problem.
Here are a few simple, effective ways to get rid of them!
Cold Sore Relief Blend
- 5 drops Melissa essential oil
- 5 drops Myrrh essential oil
- 10 drops fractionated coconut oil
- 5 ml glass vial
- eye dropper
Use the glass eye dropper to add the essential oils and fractionated coconut oil to a 5 ml glass vial. You only need to use a tiny amount of the blend on the cold sore, three times per day until healed. To apply, tap the opening to the glass vial with your fingertip. Then dab your fingertip onto the cold sore.
Keep the cold sore clean of makeup and lipstick. Be sure to cleanse the cold sore and surrounding area morning and night.
A quick note on Melissa oil… Melissa essential oil is very pricey. However, it is a very powerful antiviral essential oil. It can actually inactivate a virus before it enters a cell. This is important since a virus needs a host cell before it can multiply and do damage in the body. This makes Melissa very effective against the herpes virus.
For treating a cold sore you’ll want to put 1-2 teaspoons of organic extra-virgin coconut oil along with 3-4 drops of Oregano Essential Oil into your mouth. Swish the oil around by pushing, pulling, and drawing it through your teeth for 15-20 minutes. Then spit out the oil into a garbage can. Rinse your mouth out with water, then brush your teeth.
Lemon Essential Oil
While not as effective as Melissa, Lemon essential oil has also been shown to heal and dry up cold sores. Add a very small dab directly to the cold sore. Also try diluting it with coconut oil and using it as a lip balm to prevent cold sores during common times of flareup.
Honey contains antimicrobial compounds that will help to kill the virus that causes the cold sore. Make sure to use raw, organic honey. Dab the cold sore with honey a few times a day.
Researchers at Dubai Specialized Medical Center found that topical applications of honey shortened the duration of cold sores 35 percent better than acyclovir, the active ingredient in prescription herpes antiviral treatments.
Baking soda is a great choice for treating cold sores because it dries out the sore while also pulling away any acids that might be irritating the area. Simply add a few drops of water to a small amount of baking soda to form a paste. Dab the paste on the affected area, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. After that, rinse it off. Repeat this procedure once or twice a day until the cold sore is gone.
Remember, at the end of the day, you are dealing with something that will heal with time. Be patient, and keep the area clean. Even doing just that will ensure that the sore area heals without any problems.
Contact your physician if you develop a fever, if your cold sores last longer than two weeks despite treatment, or if cold sores recur frequently during the course of a year.
Do you suffer from cold sores? What remedies are most helpful to you?