Are you a regular sufferer of cold sores? Do they seem to appear every time you feel stressed, suffer from a cold or go in the sun? Do you hate the thought of putting chemicals of your skin? If this sounds like you, you’re probably interested in home remedies for cold sores, so let’s take a look at some of the home remedies you can try.
Probably the most popular home remedy for cold sore is sea salt. The naturally occurring minerals in sea salt are known to heal broken skin and, as they dry out the area around the cold sore, will quicken up the recovery period. It’s easy to use; simply press dry sea salt onto the affected area, leave for up to 10 minutes and then wash off. This can be repeated up to 3 times a day, but remember to use clean or disposable cloths each time to wash and dry your face.
Many sufferers of cold sores swear by using essential oils, such as tea tree and vanilla extract. These must be 100% natural, don’t try to save money by buying an artificial alternative as they won’t work. Apply a few drops to your cold sore with a sterile cotton swab 3 to 4 times a day. They contain anti-infection agents which help to stop the infection in its tracks and also anti-inflammatories, to reduce the inflammation and make the whole area less painful. Tea tree oil is said to reduce the duration of a cold sore by up to 50% but, if you have sensitive skin.
There are some other essential oils as well that could come in very handy if you’re suffering from a cold sore and are widely used as home remedies for cold sores. During a cold sore`s weeping phase lemon balm, tea tree, oregano and basil essential oils have been reported to help dry the sore up. Always test essential oils on a small patch of skin as they are usually very concentrated and may cause irritation on sensitive skin. Diluting them is also recommended.
Do you like spicy foods? If so, you might want to avoid them until the cold sore heals. Avoiding abrasive foods will help keep down unnecessary discomfort as well.
Finally, if you’re looking to get rid of cold sores naturally, why not try a few drops of witch hazel. This is a natural astringent and, by dabbing a few drops on the cold sore, once or twice a day, the area will dry out and become less painful. Always remember to never touch a cold sore with your bare hands, apply any liquids, ointments or healing agents with a clean cotton swab.
Cold sores are on the top of the list when it comes to embarrassing skin issues and these home remedies for cold sores will help you get rid of the embarrassment.