When I was little, I used to suffer from cold sores. From the herpes virus, cold sores appear around the mouth and sometimes the nose, start as a blister, turn into a scab and itch like crazy. My parents and grandmother however had lots of natural and home remedies they used to help me get rid of cold sores, a condition I grew out of in later years. For sufferers of cold sores, the sores and subsequent scabs are unsightly and annoying, but they can be treated naturally and cheaply. With all the natural remedies out there, these are the ones I’ve used and had the best experience with.
Ice – As soon as I could tell a cold sore was coming (you get a tingly, itchy feeling when one is on its way), my father would press an ice cube to the spot. If you catch it early enough, in some instances, you can stop it appearing at all. If not, just applying the ice cube often lessens the impact of the cold sore and causes it to disappear quicker.
Just wrap an ice cube in some tissue, press it to the spot where the tingling is occurring and hold it there for 10-15 minutes. Repeat if the tingling feeling comes back. The cold temperature helps to kill the virus and causes the cold sore, or herpes simplex, to go away.
Tea Tree Oil – Tea tree oil is an excellent antiseptic and anti-viral substance and a fabulous home remedy for cold sores. It’s cheap, it’s easy to apply and it soothes the cold sore immediately upon application. Just dab some tea tree oil on the emerging cold sore, and keep reapplying it throughout the day. Even if the cold sore does emerge, you’ll discover its on your face for a lot less time than it normally would be, and it will also heal faster and more cleanly too.
Zinc – I discovered, if I took a Zinc tablet every day, my cold sore outbreaks were much less and, in some of my teenage years, none existent. Zinc stops the herpes simplex virus from kicking in, so prevents cold sores from appearing. Just take one Zinc tablet a day.
Honey – Another wonderful natural remedy for cold sores is honey. Dab some organic live honey (it must be the live stuff and not the highly-processed honey), on your cold sore and keep reapplying throughout the day. Honey is an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial product, it’s natural, it’s safe to use and it’s delicious (just try not to lick it after you’ve applied it). Honey will kill the virus in the cold sore and banish it quickly. In fact, honey is fabulous for any type of sore, cut or wound, a fact that has now been discovered by doctors, who are using it in hospitals for wounds that won’t heal.
Black Tea – During one particularly bad outbreak of cold sores, my great aunt suggested applying black tea to them. A cold sore sufferer herself she’d discovered, through trial and error, making a thick black tea then applying it throughout the day got rid of her cold sores extremely fast. Just put a tea bag or loose tea in a cup and pour hot water over the bag. Steep the bag for five minutes, remove, let the tea cool, then use a tissue to dab on your cold sore. Repeat throughout the day.
I’ve used all of these natural cold sore remedies and can attest not only do they work, they’re also much cheaper than buying an over-the-counter cold sore medication that doesn’t work any better or faster than any of them. It just costs more.