Are there any natural remedies to get rid of a cold sore?

I’ve been getting cold sores nonstop for the past couple of months. It’s the first time I’ve ever had them, actually. They freaking suck. They are right in the corners of my mouth and they hurt so bad. I feel like I’m a dirty person because I have them haha but I know lots of people get them. I was just wondering instead of products like Abreva (which I know actually works it’s just so small and expensive) are there any natural remedies that I could try? My mom also said it could be a vitamin deficiency…does anyone know any more about that? Thanks for all the answers in advance! I greatly appreciate it.


  • BatMan@Alt/Med

    Food Therapy:
    Eat more yogurt, recommends Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D professor of nutrition at Pacific Western University in Los Angeles. "The acidophilus in the live cultures act as a natural antibiotic to the virus that causes cold sores," he says.

    Dr. Mindell also points out that certain food may trigger cold sores because they contain arginine, an amino acid that the herpes virus needs to thrive. Arginine-rich foods include cola, chocolate, peanuts and cashews, gelatin, beer and peas.

    So if you are prone to cold sores, Dr. Mindell advises that you limit your intake of these foods–and eliminate them completely during aan outbreak.

    Herbal Therapy:
    European depend on lemon balm oinment to treat cold sores caused by the herpes simplex virus, says Varro E. Tyler, Ph.D. The leaves and flower tops of this fragrant plant have antibacterial and antiviral properties, according to Dr. Tyler.

    You can’t ordinarily buy the ointment that the Europeans use in the United States, he explains, but you can get similar results by treating cold sores with a wash made from strong lemon balm tea.

    To make the tea, says Dr. Tyler, pour 1/2 cup of boiling water over two to three teaspoon of finely cut dried leaves, availables in most health food stores. Let the mixture steep for 20 to 30 minutes, he says, then strain the solution so that’s no dried herb left in the tea and let the tea cool. To apply, Dr. Tyler suggests dipping a clean cotton cloth into the tea and dabbing it on the cold sore three or four time daily.

    Use a damp cotton swab to apply two or three drops of 10 percent tincture of Calendula to the sore as needed, says Mitchell Fleisher, M.D., a family practice physician and homeopath in Colleen, Virginia.

  • Could be totally totally wrong,
    but I seem to remember geranium essential oil may work?
    However you should definitely double-check this.
    Best of luck.

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