Cold Sores and Remedies
Cold sores look more like blisters when they flare in the form of fluid-filled pockets beneath the skin’s surface. They generally appear around the mouth or on the lips. These can even break open at times and ooze over and the outbreak can last for up 7 to 10 days. Depending upon individuals, sometimes it can not be treated with conventional over the counter medications. Some people use regular pharmaceutical ointments to alleviate/treat cold sores, but ultimately due to the pathogens developing a resistance to it, it no longer works. This condition is very common in North America and can afflict as many as 80% of the population.
Let us examine what causes cold sores to appear in the first place
- It is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1)
- Triggered by hormonal fluctuations
- Illness or even exposure to the sun
Unfortunately once a person first contracts the virus, a breakout is experienced within just a few days. This initial breakout can be quite severe and the person may experience a fever, sore throat, aches including a headache. Much like the cold virus, however, this virus never leaves the host but remains dormant in the nerve cells.
Transmission of this virus HSV-1 can be caused by
- Direct exposure to saliva
- Skin contact with the lesions on an infected person
- Close personal contact is usually required for transmission of the virus
- People sharing toothbrushes, drinking glasses, or eating utensils
There are some home remedies available and common ones are
Lemon Balm, also known as Melissa officinalis by its botanical name, is a flowering perennial plant. This useful plant may help to reduce the healing time of the blister and may even prevent future outbreaks.
Lysine, an essential amino acid may also help the reduction of outbreaks. Some studies have found that lysine may be beneficial for reducing the frequency of outbreaks by 2.4 percent per year.
Stress can be another factor for this virus to come out of dormancy. Thus, it is important to reduce the amount of stress in your life. Regularly exercising can significantly reduce stress and one of the less looked at aspects of reducing stress would be meditation.
Aloe Vera, this is a succulent plant species and is frequently cited as being used in herbal medicine for centuries. It has antibacterial, antiviral and analgesic properties. Many have used it on their cold sores with excellent results.
Essential oil blends, such as the following constituents of individual oils greatly reduces the time to get rid of blisters within a short time span, in some cases even hours!
Here is a stepwise procedure to create the blend:
- Take a 5 ml vial, but make sure it is clean and free of any contamination.
- Add about 10 drops of therapeutic grade of Melaleuca oil, also known as tea tree oil.
- Add about 10 drops of therapeutic grade Geranium oil
- Add about 14 drops of therapeutic grade Lavender oil
- Add about 3 drops of therapeutic grade of Helichrysum Italicum oil (optional)
- Fill the remaining vial with Castor oil. Castor oil should be cold pressed and hexane free. This is available in most health food stores
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