Cold sores can literally be a pain in the mouth, so if you’ve detected that all familiar tingle which heralds the arrival of yet another of these crusty, unsightly sores, what’s the best home remedy cold sore treatment to get rid of it?
If the blisters have yet to make an appearance, your best option for a cold sore home remedy is to use one of the essential oils, such as tea tree oil, vanilla extract or witch hazel. Each of these naturally occurring substances contain both anti-viral and anti-inflammatory agents which not only reduce the amount of time your cold sore will last, but which will also reduce the amount of pain and irritation. Apply to the affected area on a sterile swab up to three times a day, making sure to use a fresh pad each time.
However, as with all home remedies to get rid of cold sores, if your skin is sensitive, it’s always wise to do a patch test before you use any essential oil or astringent. You don’t want to make your cold sore more irritated than it already is. And, always check that the oil or extract is 100% natural too, as synthetic ingredients will not have the same effect.
Herbal and ordinary teas are also a great cold sores natural remedies solution before they turn into blisters. Simply apply used tea bags to the affected area, ensuring that the bags are not too hot, for instant relief. All kinds of teas can be used including green, black and white, while peppermint and chamomile herbal teas have been particularly effective in reducing the duration of cold sores.
If your cold sore has progressed to small blisters which are crusting over, you may wish to try another popular cold sore home remedy – the application of dry sea salt to the sore. Once again, like other natural options, the salt contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agents which help to heal broken and inflamed skin, and which reduce the severity of the outbreak. Gently press the dry salt onto the blisters and leave for up to ten minutes before washing off with cool water. This can be repeated up to three times per day.
And finally, many people swear that coconut oil is the best cold sore home remedy. Full of anti-oxidants and anti-bacterial ingredients, the oil also moisturizes the skin and stops the painful cracking that can occur with cold sores.
These are powerful but simple home remedy cold sore treatments, so go ahead give them a try.