The Best Natural Cold Sore Remedy

For as long as I can remember, I have gotten cold sores. Anyone who gets cold sores can relate, they are THE WORST! They hurt, they are ugly, they are impossible to conceal. I hate them. So when I felt that tingling itch coming on the other day, the feeling of knowing you are about to get a cold sore, I immediately scoured the internet for some quick remedies. Many of the remedies included taking pain killer to relieve pain or keeping lips hydrating and changing your toothbrush. I wanted my cold sore GONE, stat!

When I read dabbing raw honey on an oncoming cold sore could help, I thought I would give it a try. Honey is, after all, known for it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. I dabbed some raw honey right onto the area I felt the cold sore coming on. I’m not going to lie, It definitely stung, which is not what I was expecting. I let it sit for about 10 minutes, then used an ice cube to sooth the burn from the honey, and because it is said to prevent if from thriving and growing.

After using these two natural remedies, I figured I would be no better off and would still have to deal with the cold sore for the next week. But I was surprised! I woke the next morning and no blisters had formed! I could see the slight redness and feel the area, but no ugly cold sore! I would absolutely recommend trying these simple methods if you catch a cold sore coming on and want to stop it before it gets out of control.

Have you found any great methods to treat cold sores? Is raw honey and ice a remedy you will attempt?

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10 thoughts on “The Best Natural Cold Sore Remedy

  1. Carmel ní Fhaing

    Cold sores: also try dabbing a spirit such as whiskey on it. Helps to prevent it growing. Perfume works too

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  3. Simone

    I’ve suffered from cold sores too for the biggest part of my life.
    This recipe has helped me a lot and cold sores don’t come back as often as they did.
    I found it in a book written by Penelope Ody, called “Home Herbal” (ISBN 90-5121-603-3)

    8 ml tea tree oil
    5ml lavender oil
    12 ml almond oil

    Put all oils in a sterilized drop bottle, shake well and apply every 2 hours.

    Try it! It really works!
    Get the book too while you’re at it. It has great herbal remedies that are easy to make.

  4. Marilyn

    I used to get cold sores one right after the other until I discovered that taking L-lysine regularly helped. I took it daily and if I felt one coming one, I would take double the recommended dosage 3-4 times a day. That usually held it at bay. If I did happen to get one, immediately I put tea tree oil on the spot several times a day.
    Keeps the stinging at bay.

  5. Naomi

    There have to be good reviews and bad reviews and anyway im sad to say that i tried the honey and ice yesterday and i woke up to a huge painful cold sore i have never had a cold sore this bad and im guessing the honey and ice just made it worse.

  6. kristy

    This is a tried and true course of action when I get a cold sore and I have tried them all, believe me! I wash the sore with soap and water about 6 to 8 times a day as soon as I feel that “tingle” coming on. I then begin a regimen of Acyclovir (Valtrex/Zovirax) immediately and take 2 tabs every 4 hours the first day and then keep taking 1tab every 4 hours for several days. I also love the ointment called Lysine +. You can get it at most grocery stores. It never gets out of control and “burns out” within a few days. It often goes completely unnoticed! I don’t dread the episodes nearly as much as I used to.


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