According to an estimate nearly two-third of the total world population is the carrier for the virus which causes the cold sores. The thing about the virus that makes it scary is that when it enters the human body, it will never go away. It simply invades the body and lives in the body’s nerve cells for the rest of human life.
Fortunately the virus never affects a person badly and most people do not experience its symptoms throughout their entire life. Still, the ones that are susceptible to this virus develop blisters which result in immense pain.
For our readers, who suffer from those painful cold sores, we present to you a few home remedies to get rid of cold sores in a jiffy.
The first item that can help treat cold sores is the garlic. Garlic has strong natural antimicrobial properties that allow for the swelling to subside as well as shorten the healing period. Garlic can be applied raw on the cold sores for treating them. Garlic is effective for treating multiple types of cold sores effectively. It also tends to prevent the future production of the cold sores.
Two of the essential oils; Peppermint and tea tree oils are bets for treating the cold sores. Both these oils have rich antiviral, antiseptic as well as antibacterial properties to help aid in the treatment of cold sores. Some studies conducted on these essential oils and the cold sore treatment revealed that if these oils are applied in the early stages of the cold sore development, it can completely stop them from a future outbreak.
Essential oils are very potent so it is advised that one should dilute 2 drops of these oils in a carrier oil such as the coconut oil before applying it directly on to the cold sores. Essential oils should only be applied on sores when there is tingling sensation emanating from them.
The cold sore outbreak is directly related to the immune system. The cold sore virus tends to lie deep in the never cells of the immune system is strong, it will prevent it from developing the painful blisters but the weakened immune system hardly can protect the body against it. To make the immune system healthy and powerful, the best thing to take is Vitamin C, which happens to be an immune booster as well as an antioxidant. Instead of taking vitamin C supplements, experts recommend the intake of vitamin C through dietary ways.
Lemon balm is a concentrated ointment or a cream of the sort that is an effective herbal item for the treatment of herpes. Lemon balm contains a lot of herbal items in it which aid in the healing of the cold sores as well as prevent the outbreak of other skin conditions with its antibacterial characteristic. If the lemon balm is applied on a daily basis, the healing process is reduced to nearly half.
Experts recommend the use of lemon balm on affected area at least 3 times each day.
Aloe Vera is the wondrous product from nature that can treat myriad skin disorders and a cold sore is also amongst them. Although cold sores are not caused by bacteria, and aloe Vera also does not possess antibacterial properties, application of the aloe gel can prevent the skein from any chance of developing an infection. In addition to this, the plant has soothing properties which relive the pain caused by cold sores and also speeds up the whole healing process.
Take a leaf baled of the Aloe Vera plant and peel off its skin. Under the skin is the translucent yet gooey gel. Apply this gel directly over the cold sores and let it sit for half an hour. The gel is very bitter in taste so avoid licking your lips after applying it.
Use this remedy for a few days.
If you don’t happen to have a plant in your home then you can buy an Aloe Vera tube easily available from the herbal drug store.
For centuries, licorice root has been in use for treating a lot of skin disorders. Licorice root contains in it the Glycyrrhizic acid which has antiviral properties.
Apply the extract of the licorice roots directly to the cold sores can help treat the cold sores as well as prevent any future outbreak. In addition to using licorice root extract, one can also consume the supplementary capsules of the material.
Ass well said earlier, cold sores tend to occur due to weakened immune system and to prevent the development of cold sores or even their treatment one should eat immune-boosting items. One such item is the Echinacea which is known to be a strong stimulator for the immune system. The item can be taken in various following forms.
Vitamin E is one of the many essential items needed by the human body. In fact, Vitamin E is responsible for the repair and growth of the human skin cells. It treats the damaged skin cells by removing them from the body and creating new ones. Vitamin E oil can be sued to treat the skin area affected from cold sores by directly applying it on the area. Another way to make use of Vitamin E to treat cold sores is to eat foods that are enriched with Vitamin E.
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