Natural Treatments for Cold Sores

Cold sores can get quite ugly and annoying and it seems that they always appear when you have an important social event. The nastiest thing about this condition is that this virus (the herpes simplex virus) will remain forever in your body and from time to time, you will see a cold sore emerging on your lip. Cold sores are often transmitted through kissing, but you can also get it from sharing a drink with a person having this condition. Herpes is most commonly triggered by lack of sleep, stress or sun radiations. If you want to see these annoying cold sores disappear faster or if you want to prevent them, you can try the following natural remedies.

Remedies for Cold Sore


For this remedy make sure to use only real licorice, not the one you find in candies. The licorice herb can be found at the healthy food stores. Make a licorice tea and you can use it by drinking it whenever you have a cold sore, or you can apply it on the affected area.


Some people say that this is the ultimate cure for cold sores and that if you use milk, you will never have herpes again. We can choose to believe them or be susceptible, however milk was proven to be an effective healer for cold sores. Apply it with a cotton ball on the area affected by herpes. Repeat several times per day for a better result.

Petroleum Jelly

Using makeup to cover the cold sore can be the worst thing you can do, as it can aggravate the herpes. Instead, you can use Vaseline to cover it. It’s the only cosmetic product you can use. Besides the fact that will moisturize the area, it will also create a barrier and keep the dust and external factors away.

 Lemon Balm Ointment

This ointment is also beneficial for calming the cold sores. At the same time, in only two days, this product can reduce the swelling and the redness of the cold sores. You can purchase it form drugstores and health food stores.

Ice Compress

The simplest remedy against cold sores is using an ice compress. This treatment will make you feel good, because it is numbing and will reduce the swelling. At the same time, ice will make the healing process faster. Use it in combination with one of the above remedies so as to see immediate results.

There are numerous people out there suffering from cold sores, so you mustn’t feel embarrassed when one of them pops up on your lip. As mentioned before, instead of rushing to your makeup kit and aggravate your condition, you can use one of the remedies above and see how it works for you. You can even try all of them or a combination of two or three to find out what the best cold sore remedy is for you. No matter what you choose, all of them are proven to relieve the itching, the swelling and the pain caused by the cold sores.

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