Natural Remedies For Cold Sores

Cold sores, (also called fever blisters), are groups of small blisters on the mouth.  They can leak clear fluid and scab over, taking anywhere from several days to 2 weeks to heal.  They are caused from the herpes simplex virus – (HSV).  It is said that nearly everyone in the world carries this virus, but that it stays dormant in some and becomes active in others, causing the sores on the mouth or other areas of the body.

So what triggers a cold sore?  

The main cause is stress.  Stress is mentioned with a lot of ailments, isn’t it?  You can’t completely avoid stress, you can help control it though by eating healthy.  

Healthy eating minimizes the effects of stress on our bodies.  Foods that are acid forming should be limited, like: chocolate, table salt (unrefined sea salt is great!), sugar, soybean, soft drinks, and coffee.  

Diet is another main subject mentioned when addressing ailments, and I feel like I repeat it all the time, but eating poorly or unbalanced is the main source of health problems of any kind – so I guess I’ll keep repeating myself! (I need to hear it too!)  🙂  

Be sure to drink enough water, too!

Natural Remedies for Cold Sores

  • Place hydrogen peroxide on the cold sore for a few minutes
  • Apply Raw Apple Cider Vinegar to the sore for several minutes
  • Mix salt and toothpaste and apply
  • Put aloe vera on it the moment you feel it coming on – you have to apply this all the time or at least 3 times a day – the fresh gel is better than aloe vera cream.
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Warm Tea Bag
  • Olive leaf is a natural antibiotic that has been effective for cold sores.  Extract the juice from the leaf and apply.  Click hereto buy olive leaf.
  • Garlic clove – place the cut side of a garlic clove on the sore.
  • Lysine – One of my girls had very bad cold sores all over her mouth a few weeks ago and she even ran a fever with some kind of strange virus.  I purchased an herbal cold sore treatment called Super Lysine and it worked so very well and cleared it up quickly.

What is your favorite remedy for cold sores?

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  1. says

    i have had cold sores for ages. the one thing that truly works for me is lysine (whats in the treatment you bought). at the first tingle (and this is super important) i take 1000 mg of lysine. and then again once more that day. i usually take it a couple times a day for a few days to make sure i dont get a cold sore. it works 99% of the time. sometimes i guess i just dont catch it soon enough

  2. Anonymous says

    ditto on the l-lysine. i keep it around and load up at the first tingle, too. also, topically, iodine. just dot some on it a few times, again at the first sign of a tingle. works every single time for me.

  3. says

    I take coconut oil capsules and Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil by the tablespoonful. It has Lauric Acid in it and helps eliminate/control the herpes virus. Tropical Traditions website has a lot of information on it and other things. I cook with coconut oil but not the virgin, it leaves a coconut flavor.

  4. Anonymous says

    Ive had cold sore problems since i was a teenager; and I know that when Ive been under alot of stress–as it says on this site–that they always get triggered from that. I can feel it coming. “Lysine” has always really worked well for me. I usually take 1000 mg in the morning and then again at night, and it takes it away very quickly. Or, if I can feel it coming on, I will take the same dosage and it really never shows up at all. Ive been doing this for years and it works.


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