Home Remedies For Cold Sores – Part II
We have gathered a list of some of the home remedies that have been reported to work on cold sores; those are not substitutes for medical advices.
Lemon Balm Ointment
Some studies suggest that topical ointments containing lemon balm may help heal cold sores caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). In one study of 116 people with HSV, those who applied lemon balm cream to their lip sores experienced significant improvement in redness and swelling after only 2 days. Other symptoms, such as pain and scabbing, did not improve. Used on regularly, lemon balm cream may decrease the frequency of recurrences.
Method: Apply the lemon balm ointment directly on the cold sores every hour for the first day. Then every 2-3 hours until the blister disappears.
Peppermint essential oil was found to enter the skin and have a direct effect against cold sores. Peppermint oil applied directly on the area of infection immediately starts to kill the infection creating quick recovery.
WARNING: Go easy on peppermint oil as it can burn your skin and do not ingest peppermint oil, it can be toxic.
Method: Apply peppermint oil directly on the cold sore every 2 hours for a day with a cotton swab (Q-tip).
Resveratrol, a compound found naturally in red grapes, has been shown to be active against the herpes simplex virus in laboratory studies.
A study by the Northeastern Ohio University demonstrated that resveratrol cream applied topically two, three, or five times a day effectively suppressed cold sore development if it was applied one or 6 hours after infection with the herpes virus.
Resveratrol cream was also found to be as effective as 5% acyclovir ointment (Zovirax).
Method: Apply resveratrol cream 3 to 6 times a day until the blister disappears.
Crush an aspirin tablet and add a little water to it. Mix to a paste and cover the cold sore with it. This will dry out the blister.
Method: Apply the paste every 30 mins for 2-3 hours. The blister should dry quickly.