Home Remedies for Cold Sores

Cold Sores can be an absolute pain and the always seem to appear when something important is happening in your life, graduation, marriage, moving home, big meeting with over-seas client. The first thing to realise is that the cold sores are being triggered by something and you need to observe the potential triggers.

Potential Triggers of Cold Sores

  • Illness
  • Fatigue
  • Dental Work
  • Stress
  • Food Allergies
  • Extreme Sun Exposure


Based on this list of triggers, there are some you can and should avoid at all costs like Food Allergies which should be part of your day to day life. Ultraviolet or Sun exposure; I always encourage readers to use a lip balm with a decent Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15, but ideally at least SPF 30 in direct sunlight. Unfortunately sometimes you cannot help feeling the affect s of stress or you succumb to illness, in this case you need to learn how to deal with the cold sore. If you are prone to getting cold sores then increasing your intake of L-Lysine will help, either as a tablet or ointment and is normally available at health food stores in your local area or on the internet.

Home Remedies for Cold Sores

Cold Sore Home Remedies

Being one of little faith in modern day medicine, natural home remedies are normally my go to for holistic healing as opposed to over the counter medications. The below list are some of the best ways to treat a coldsore.

  • Keep it Covered- Keeping the coldsore covered with a decent lip balm, ideally natural and not petroleum based, this will help heal and protect it from infection. Don’t forget to use a lip balm with a high SPF level.
  • Avoid Make Up- The chemicals put into lipsticks and lip glosses could aggravate the cold sore more.
  • Don’t Touch- Touching the coldsore with your fingers is going to be very tempting but by doing so you will only add germs and bateria to the area causing more aggravation. When applying a balm or remedy, ensure you wash your hands thoroughly. Also prodding, poking, picking and all the rest isn’t going to allow the cold sore to heal now is it?!
  • Get a New Toothbrush- Once you have finally beat this coldsore, make sure you change you toothbrush (or head of electric tooth) because the brush itself can harbour the virus.
  • Licorice- The acid glycyrrhzic which is present in real licorice, look for “licorice mass” is known to stop a coldsore. I should however make you aware that consumption of licorice on, lets say an “industrial scale” could have long term effects other than weight gain.
  • Milk- Applying milk to the cold sore can instantly relieve the pain and if caught early, the cooling effect could prevent a full outbreak.
  • Ice- As per the milk approach, ice will cool and soothe and could prevent it coming though.
  • Garlic- This is the “miracle cure” but it comes at a price and a bit of pain. A raw garlic clove should be cut in half and applied a couple of times to the cold sore. This will kill the virus but unfortunately damage the surrounding skin and this can prolong the healing phase. You could always use acetone (nail varnish remover) to achieve the same effect also.
  • Popping- If your cold sore is quite advanced then you will can consider popping it with a sterile needle (hold over a flame or search on the internet for advice) and pop it. Be aware the liquid inside is extremely contagious, so wash with an antibacterial soap immediately after disinfecting the area.

Obviously there is no one “cold sore remedy” that will fix all, but we have covered a lot of ways to avoid cold sores. What home remedies do you have for cold sores? Leave a comment and let me know!

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