Cold sores are a viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 that resides in on nerve endings. Many people harbor this virus but it only "surfaces" when over stressed, immune system compromised, overexposure to the sun and wind and for women, menstruation. It manifests as a tingling in the affected area which can swell to painful blisters that can cluster around the mouth and lips and even on the nose. . The blister will ooze and crack and eventually crust over. They can last anywhere from four days to three weeks The best prevention for a cold sore outbreak is to keep the body in a healthy condition by eating nutritious food and building the immune system.
- Because of how contagious the virus is be mindful of what you touch to your mouth and always wash your hands after touching sores.
- Consume probiotic rich foods.
- Apple, cranberry, grape, pear, prune and strawberry juice.
- Relax and practice stress relieving remedies. (Lesson 9 Self-Reliance Course in Health Course)
- Dr. Christopher's X-ceptic Formula. Apply directly to sores.
- Raw honey, applied directly to sores and taken internally.
- Kloss's Liniment
- Cold Sore Balm
- Pain Salve
- olive leaf
- goldenseal (avoid if pregnant or nursing)
- pau d'arco
- myrrh (tincture applied topically)
- Support the nervous system with nervine herbs. (Lesson 9 Self-Reliance in Health Course)
- Anti-viral herbs (Lesson 5 Self-Reliance in Health)
Apply at the first sign of tingling and continue applying until gone.
Disclaimer: The Information contained on this blog is for educational purposes only and as a guideline for your personal use. It is not intended to replace the advice of a licensed healthcare professional. Those who follow these suggestions do so at their own risk.