Herbal Cold Sore Remedies
Cold sores can form blisters anywhere on the body. Typically, they appear on or around the mouth area or genitalia. They are caused by the Herpes Simplex virus (type I), for which their is no cure at present. There are many commercial treatments aiming to allieviate the condition of cold sores, and all carry some risk, whatever their effectiveness, so here are some ideas for natural remedies that are free and easy to use.
Cold sores can last up to two weeks; this annoying and painful condition is something terrifying. Many people have resort to herbal cold sore remedy when all other medical treatment has failed to bring significant results. Up to this day, medical treatment has only able to give temporary relief, with some prolonged side effects that can take a toll upon your body for a lifetime.
Cold sores are "location specific", occurring in roughly the same place each time. The herpes virus is normally latent, or asleep, in the nerve ganglia behind the jaw on the same side of your face as your cold sores occur. Fortunately herpes virus does not travel internally to infect other locations - but stays put in the area where first contracted.
Most people experience a tingling sensation on their lip right before cold sore blisters emerge. It's also been described as numbness or hardness around the mouth. Right away, when you feel the onslaught, whether your lip tingles or you begin to feel slightly run down with a fever, you should begin cold sore treatment.
Herbs that are effective in healing canker sores include Oregon grape root, echinacea, and chamomile. Lemon balm, along with these, is helpful for herpes.
Licorice is best applied topically or taken internally for short periods while cold sores are present. Licorice root tea and a commercial preparation known as deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL for short) have been shown to help canker sores as well, with no chance of elevating blood pressure. Make infusions of any of the recommended herbs and use as a mouthwash, gently swishing them in the mouth for a couple of minutes to help shorten the healing time.
Cold sores need to be treated by herbs that have antiviral properties. Lemon balm and St. John's wort are particularly helpful in killing the herpes virus. Use them as a tincture to dab onto areas as soon as you first notice the tingling that often precedes a cold sore. Use it several times daily if the sore manifests. Commercially available, highly concentrated creams may be applied as well.
Oregon grape is an antiviral, too. Licorice also keeps viruses from replicating, so it can be used for cold sores as well as canker sores. Infusions of any of these herbs may help diminish activity of this unwanted "bug."
Echinacea and other immune boosters can help the body fend off the herpes virus. Echinacea also contains a substance that protects collagen, the basis of skin and mucous membranes, from breakdown by bacterial and viral enzymes. Taken internally it may help these types of sores heal more quickly. Swish about 1 teaspoon of strong echinacea root decoction or 1/2 teaspoon tincture in the mouth for several minutes, then swallow. Repeat three times per day or more.
Ice it or put heat on it. Do whichever one feels better. Green tea bags sometimes work very well. Put the bag in boiling water and then let it cool slightly and apply to your cold sore. Don‚Äôt burn yourself! The green tea smells good and antioxidants are known healing agents. Ice can feel really good too because it is numbing and eases that throbbing pain.
Natural cold sore remedy is still the best solution for treating cold sores because it is cost effective and has fewer side effects.