Cold sores always seem to pop up at the most inconvenient times, like when we are stressed, sick, or menstruating. And not only do these fever blisters have bad timing, but they seem to painfully linger like unwanted house guests for up to 21 days. These nasty little guys are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1). When you feel one budding, you want to get rid of it, fast. But you probably do not need a doctor. There are things that you can do at home to soothe the pain and make cold sores look nicer as they heal like anything from using aloe vera to using lemon juice. Below we have listed some of the best natural and soothing remedies for cold sores.
Natural Lemon Juice
While lemon juice cannot cure cold sores, it may assist in the healing process. Lemon juice is rich in Vitamin C which is an antioxidant that supports the immune system and wound healing. Dabbing a sore with diluted lemon juice may help stop symptoms from worsening. Research has shown that the vitamin C might combat various herpes viruses.
Aloe Vera Gel
If you are looking for a stronger treatment option for cold sores, using an aloe vera gel is an option backed by conclusive research to shorten cold sore healing time. We all know that dealing with cold sores can be uncomfortable and it can interfere with everyday life, which is why home remedies like aloe vera is an attractive option.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has antiviral, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties that can come in handy when you need to treat a cold sore. It might encourage the natural healing process by drying out the cold sore and prevent any bacterial infection.
Medical-grade kanuka honey, which is produced by bees in New Zealand, is as effective as topical medication as a treatment for cold sores. This honey is famous for its antibacterial and healing qualities making it the perfect to tackle cold sores. Kanuka honey naturally contains disinfecting hydrogen peroxide, as well as a natural antibacterial called methylglyoxal.
Peppermint oil is a powerhouse against herpes simplex virus blisters, with data showing that 99 percent of the virus was killed just a few hours after being exposed to peppermint oil. The main compounds in peppermint essential oil responsible for its antimicrobial properties are: menthol, menthone, limonene, carveone, and methyl acetate. Menthol and menthone are the compounds in peppermint oil that may help reduce the viral activity of HSV-1 and help make cold sores better.
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