Natural Solutions that May Help Fight and Avoid Cold Sores

· August 31, 2014
In this article, we share some tips about common causes and possible natural solutions for cold sores. Don't miss out and read on!

Herpes simplex is an infectious inflammatory disease produced by a virus. It’s characterized by the skin lesions formed by small blisters grouped together and surrounded by a red ring. Today, we share some advice on how to help fight and avoid cold sores with a proper diet, medicinal plants, and natural remedies.

Natural solutions for cold sores

1. Find the trigger

Most people who suffer from herpes suffer from cold sores frequently, yet others, including couples, may never have them.

This proves that the virus is dormant in certain people and that there are determining factors that can trigger their appearance. It’s important to decide what the trigger is to avoid it in the future.

Read more here: How to Stop a Cold Sore Fast with Natural Remedies

The most frequent triggers are stressful situations or deep emotional depressions. When we’re going through those situations, we should boost our defenses so that cold sores don’t reappear.

2. Harmful and helpful Foods

There are some foods that contain nutrients that can provoke, in some people, the appearance of cold sores. We recommend that you eliminate them from our diet for a time to evaluate whether or not they’re the culprits or that you stop eating them as soon as you notice the first symptoms:

  • Dried fruit: Almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, peanuts, walnuts, and hazelnuts.
  • Sesame seeds.
  • Wheat germ.
  • Chocolate.
  • Gelatin.Nuts.

On the other hand, the following foods can be very beneficial:

3. Boost your defenses

Since herpes is a virus, so it’s important to jumpstart your immune system to fight it off. It’s important to do so with natural remedies. What can we take to boost our defenses?

  • Echinacea: Echinacea is a medicinal plant that is vital for our immune system. We can take it during three months and then rest for a time. Ideally, take it in the spring and fall, or when you notice that you need it.
  • Propolis: This is an excellent natural antibiotic. When you notice the first symptoms of a cold sore, take five drops each hour until the symptoms disappear. Also apply a small amount topically to help heal.

To reduce your risk of getting them, take three drops three times a day, with a little bit of water or juice.

  • Vitamin C:  This vitamin is one of the most important supplements we should take to stay healthy.
  • Zinc: This mineral inhibits the reproduction of viruses in cells.

4. Essential oils

Essential oils contain potent medicinal ingredients, as they are a concentration of the therapeutic properties of the plant.

In the case of cold sores, there are various essential oils that may be very useful:

  • Ravintsara: You can apply this essential oil topically. It’s the best aromatherapeutic product to help fight infections of all sorts.
  • Tea tree oil: One of the most well-known essential oils, as it works for all skin infections. We can also apply a drop directly on the cold sore.
  • Niaouli: Can help treat cold sores and help them heal, but you can’t apply it directly to the sores. You can prepare a natural ointment by mixing together some drops of the essential oil with a natural substance such as beeswax, a vegetable oil (sesame, olive, almond, argan, coconut, etc.), or aloe vera gel.

These oils may be applied several times a day.

5. Grapefruit seed extract

This extract, which we can buy from a naturopath or at a natural food and supplement store or online, has demonstrated its capacity in various studies to inhibit the growth of a large amount of potentially harmful bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites. Also, it’s very rich in vitamin C.

We can take it according to the manufacturer’s instructions and also apply it topically.

You can make a natural mixture of five drops of grapefruit extract with 50 drops of vegetable glycerin. Apply it to the cold sore two to three times a day.

Grapefruit.

Lip care advice

In addition to the aforementioned remedies, it’s important to take care of your lips daily. Protect them from the cold with hydrating and nourishing lip balms, when possible, made from natural ingredients, and protect them from the sun with lip balms with UV protection.

Discover: Home Remedies to Heal Cold Sores Fast

Every once in a while, you can do a gentle peel to regenerate the skin of your lips by mixing a little oil with sugar. Rub the lips gently with the mixture and moisturize well after.

Photographs courtesy of steffenz and stefanvds.
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