What is a cold sore exactly?
A cold sore is a bothersome blister that forms on the lips, gums or roof of the mouth. They generally last a week to ten days and are contagious. The herpes virus is the direct cause of cold sores. People often mistake them for canker sores, which are painful ulcers on the tongue and walls of the mouth.
Are there any natural remedy options?
Remember to consult with your doctor before using alternative medicine. That being said, yes there are! There is a lot of scientific evidence to suggest that natural remedies are an effective treatment for cold sores. Here are six remedies to think about:
- Lysine: Lysine is an essential amino acid that contributes to antibody proteins. Our body doesn’t produce it, so we have to get it through red meat, fish, wheat germ, and dairy products. Cutting back on chocolate and nuts is another good way to boost lysine levels. You can also buy it as a supplement.
- Lemon Balm: Lemon balm, or Melissa officinalis if you speak science-jargon, may help fight viruses. In a German study, a cream created from the herb helped cut cold sore duration in half.
- Reishi and Astragalus: Traditional Chinese medicine uses Reishi, a kind of mushroom, to bolster the immune system. You can buy it as a powder or supplement. The use of the Astragalus herb traditionally accompanies Reishi, and research seems to validate their effectiveness.
- Resveratrol: Found in red grapes, resveratrol has acted against the herpes virus in laboratory studies. According to that research, resveratrol cream applied two to five times a day can suppress cold sore development.
- Propolis: Bees collect propolis from various flower buds. They use the brown resin to cement their hive together and protect it from contagion. Research has suggested that propolis may arrest the spread and replication of the herpes virus.
- Self-Heal Herb: Preliminary studies have shown that this herb, common throughout Asia and Europe, has properties which counteract the herpes virus.
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