Top 3 Natural Remedies For Cold Sores

Top 3 Natural Remedies For Cold Sores

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You’ve got an important event coming up, a meeting, a date and what should appear at the corner of your lip but an ugly cold sore. At this point you’re probably screaming in frustration because that sucker is going to be there for up to two weeks.

Well, you are in luck because there happen to be a few natural remedies to help rid you of that painful sore. And, you probably have some of them already available in your home.

Now, remember that cold sores are caused by the Type 1 version of the herpes simplex virus. While these home treatments can help, you should consult your doctor if any cold sores last beyond the maximum time of 14 days.


The University of Southern California of Health Sciences conducted a study with 30 individuals in order to uncover a better treatment for cold sores. Their study focused on an amino acid called Lysine, which is naturally found in foods such as meats, dairy products and fish. Using a topical treatment containing Lysine, they discovered that 87% of the subjects’ healing periods were accelerated. What might have taken two weeks was now taken down to under one week due to Lysine’s ability to slow the herpes virus.

In addition to adding a Lysine ointment to your medical arsenal to be applied a few times each day you have a cold sore, also think about changing your diet. Adding more of the mentioned food groups to each meal or taking 500 mg Lysine supplements can help your body produce the protein it needs, and the antibodies and enzymes required for a balanced immune system.


honeyConsidering what you usually use honey for – your tea, on bread, in baked goods and recipes – it’s probably strange to consider putting some on your face. But, for centuries honey has actually worked as a home remedy among several cultures. It was both used for aesthetic reasons, such as treating hair and pimples, as well as physical injuries like burns and open wounds.

Treating cold sores in the same manner is not a new concept as the Greek physician Hippocrates used honey as a remedy for cold sores. A Dubai medical center put honey to the test, comparing its effectiveness against one of the leading cold sore medications known as acyclovir. The conclusion was that honey with its anti-bacterial qualities and high amounts of phenolic acid and flavonoid worked better.

If you are looking for something more accessible than a medication, honey is the one for the job. While honey is a relatively safe product, it can be harmful to those with certain conditions such as allergies and to infants who are at risk due to the bacteria which causes botulisms. Talk to your doctor before choosing this option, or look for another natural treatment.

Tea Tree Oil

A limited amount of research has been conducted since this intriguing essential oil was discovered. What has been confirmed though, is that tea tree oil can be used as a topical anti-viral which is perfect for treating a cold sore.

Further Reading: The Top 8 Uses For Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is originally from eastern Australia, where the indigenous people used it for a number of medicinal reasons. It comes from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, and has a strong yet pleasant scent.

You can now find some of this amazing oil at places like your local grocery store, sometimes as the pure oil or in an ointment. If you can’t find it there, you can always pick up a bottle on Amazon. If you’re worried it might be too strong for your sensitive skin, look for a product that dilutes it, such as a carrier oil like olive, almond or avocado oil. Once you have some handy, you can apply it up to three times a day to any cold sore that appears. This will help quicken the healing process so you can be well on your way to a cold sore free life.

Warning: Tea Tree oil should never be consumed and kept out of reach of children as it is toxic when taken orally.

If you equip yourself with these natural cold sore remedies, you’re sure to have a handle on the surprise cold sores that pop up in your daily life.

Author Bio

Carrie Shannon is the publisher of, a website devoted to providing information on effective and safe cold sore remedies. In her leisure time you can find Carrie walking her dogs on the beach, doing Bikram Yoga, as well as developing her cold sore remedies website.


  1. taking lysine tablets keeps them away for me. I read somewhere lavender oil works too, if its a full blown sore it takes away the pain, but tastes awful.

  2. I’ve used tea tree and lavender, neat, alternately as soon as I felt the cold sore coming on. I applied them 3-4 times a day and it was gone in 3 days. I was amazed. It never even erupted into the nasty looking sore. I’ve recommended this treatment to several friends and they’ve all had the same outcome and are now true believers in the power of essential oils.

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