Effective Cold Sore Home Remedies

Have you ever tried using cold sore home remedies for treatment? Most of the time we go for the same formal treatment from the store that yields the same result of the sores coming back seasonally and staying longer. Natural remedies go a long way to attack the symptoms or quickens the healing process.

Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex viruses that create tingling and burning sensation around the lips, mouth, and nose areas.

Best Cold Sore Home Remedies


L-lysine remedy

There are two types of amino acids. One is Arginine which encourages the growth of herpes, while L-lysine which can be provided by food only, attacks and prevents the simplex from spreading. L-lysine has been shown in some studies to treat acute outbreaks and reduce recurrences. Use the correct dosage of the supplement prescribed on the container label.

Zinc treatment

Immediately you start feeling the tingling, apply a water-based zinc solution to the spot to speed up healing. Zinc emboldens the epithelial tissue on your lips to resist cold sores. It also quickens the healing process. You may also take zinc tablets or dissolve zinc lozenge in the mouth according recommendation on label.

Simple honey

Rub some honey over your cold sores and be patient for the healing. Honey is famous for killing bacteria and fighting viruses. It also contains vitamins C, and A and zinc which are needed to fight off herpes.

Rosemary tea for cold sores

Another one of the simple cold sore home remedies is rosemary tea. Clean your sores with rosemary tea to prevent infection. It is a mild antiseptic that helps wounds to dry up quickly.

Vitamin E remedy

Puncture a capsule of vitamin E -400 IU and squeeze out the oil and cover the sore with it. Do it three times a day to reduce pain and heal.

Quick remedies

Here are some quick cold sore home remedies for you to use.

  • Drink 1 – 2 cups of red clover tea daily to help speed up healing.
  • Rub the sore with sliced garlic to speed up healing.
  • Make a strong sage tea and add a teaspoon of ginger to it. Use it over the sores regularly for healing.
  • Make a tea of raspberry, goldenseal, burdock, or marjoram three times stronger and swipe it over the sores for healing.

Lemon balm cold sore home remedies

Lemon balm home remedies for cold sore are very helpful. As a matter of fact, lemon  balm is a very strong medicine for treating many different kinds of ailments.

For blisters or herpes you can use the topical cream for soothing. However, if you want a long term killer punch result, then you have to go for lemon balm essential oil especially the Melissa essential oil which is very expensive but does the job. Follow the recommendation below to get the best result.

Place 12 drops of lemon balm essential oil in a dark colored bottle that can be closed and add 4 drops of myrrh essential oil to it.

Add 4 teaspoons of base Tamanu oil (also known as Calophyllum oil) to the bottle and shake it a few times to mix well.

Keep the bottle in a dark locker with temperatures in the 70s for a day to make it more potent. Clean your lesions and wipe them dry and apply few drops to them twice a day for healing. Please be aware that essential oils used as cold sore home remedies are strong so do not over use them. You will be on the better side if your skin doctor is aware of your natural approach to solving lesion problems.

Special quick fix

Sage, ginger and honey are here for you. Add one teaspoon of dried sage to a cup of water and boil it. Allow it too steep for about 20 minutes. Sieve it and add a teaspoon of honey and ginger to it. Drink at least two cups in a day and wait to see the outcome of it in three days.

Difficulty in Eating

Do you have difficulty eating because of canker sore? Well, just mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of salt in 1/3 cup of warm water to make a nasty taste. Pour some in your mouth for a number of times and play with it for about a minute and spill it out. The baking soda deals with the acid of the sores and the salt burns the surface of the sore to help you eat without pains. You may rub a little bit on sore way above the lips too.

You may also decide to use these simple cold sore home remedies like Black walnut hull tincture on your blister. It can easily be purchased online like Amazon. A little water melon frost to your cold sore also helps for quick fix.

Other herbal supplements that can be effective cold sore home remedies may include the following:

  • Licorice which is helpful for internal and external cold sores, and Beta Carotne which strengthens the mucous membranes of the mouth and speeds the healing of cold sores.
  • Others such as Green food supplements like chlorella and spirulina help the immune system while astragalus kills cold sore viruses.

Juices for cold sore treatment

There are two good cold sore remedies for treating blisters:  Persimmon fruit juice and Boysenberry juice. You may use one at a time.

Play with a little bit of boysenberry juice around in your mouth and let it run over the gums with your tongue, to prevent cold sores.

Method of preparation

Pick the ripe and fresh boysenberry for juicing. There are two ways you can approach this.

  • You can crush the berries and pour very hot water over it to soak for about 2½ hours. Sieve the juice and use it.
  • Or you can use a blender or juicer for it. Vita mix juicer is good for this so you may try it and juice it for about 2 minutes. Add a cup of water to one cup of boysenberry juice and it is good to go though it may not taste great. If you think it's too rough, add a little maple syrup to it. Juicing plays a strong role on our health outlook.

Diet makes an impact

Diet is one of the significant cold sore home remedies for treatment.

  • Let your foods be made up of plenty of chicken, eggs, legumes, fish, and meat (preferably grass fed or organic).
  • Also include potatoes, and take brewer’s yeast (I tbsp twice a day) for their high level of amino acid (L-lysine) which help to inhibit herpes replication.

Restrict these foods to prevent cold sores

  • Avoid acidic, greasy, and sweet foods since they often trigger an outbreak. Also limit the use of oranges, beef, shrimp, baked potatoes, and cheese.
  • Restrict foods that contain high level of arginine (an amino acid), such as chocolate, gelatin, seeds (hazelnuts, cashews, pecans,) almonds, carob, raisins and grains. Arginine intensifies the herpes cold sore virus.
  • The three worst foods to eat if you are prone to cold sores are chocolate, nuts and gelatin (Jell-o) so do your best to restrict them. You stand a good chance with cold sore home remedies  for extensive relief if you consider this methods.

Simple self care remedies

  • Pregnant women and nursing mothers must avoid using acyclovir for cold sore treatment, unless specifically advised by their doctor to use it.
  • Do not squeeze, pinch or pick at any blister.
  • Reduce stress level which can trigger cold sore. Meditation on God helps.
  • Try as much as possible to protect your face from sunburn and wind which can trigger cold sores.
  • Change toothbrush to a new one.

Some of these cold sore home remedies may cost a bit but they are very effective and can last for a year and they are without chemicals.


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