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Are your experiencing pain around your mouth and on your lips, a fever, a sore throat, or swollen glands in your neck or other parts of the body? This might be going to cold sores. After the blisters appear, the cold sores usually break open, leak a clear fluid, and then crust over and disappear after several days to 2 weeks. Though cold sores is not life-threatening, it can be very painful for some people.
Cold sores are caused by a virus (Herpes Simplex Type I.)
Once you’ve been exposed to it (and estimates say that 60 to 85% of the population has been), you will never eliminate the virus or completely kill it off. You can however, improve your overall health so that your body is able to keep the virus in check. Taking anti-viral herbs such as olive leaf, elderberry, lemon balm, oregano, forsythia & honeysuckle as teas or tinctures may help quite a bit as well. Fortunately, one of the best potent anti-viral to improve cold sore symptoms and shorten the duration of healing time is using lemon balm.
If you love DIY, I think you might also love to make a super healing cold sore lip balm. This recipe make use of ingredients that include lip balm infused oil, coconut oil, tamanu oil, castor oil, beeswax, shea butter, tea tree oil, peppermint essential oil and clove bud oil.
Super Healing Cold Sore Lip Balm Recipe
- 4 tablespoons lemon balm infused oil
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (if allergic, just substitute more lemon balm oil)
- 1/2 tablespoon tamanu oil (an amazing oil that heals a multitude of skin conditions)
- 1/2 tablespoon castor oil (helps the lip balm go on smoothly, adds a bit of gloss)
- 2 scant tablespoons beeswax (or half as much candelilla wax for vegans)
- 1 tablespoon shea butter (or mango butter)
- 15 drops tea tree oil (also effective against herpes simplex, see this study)
- 25 drops of peppermint essential oil (cooling, analgesic, I put extra so the lip balm can smell great!)
- 2 drops of clove bud oil (optional, for pain relief)
Combine all of your oils, shea butter and beeswax in a heat proof container. Set it down into a saucepan containing a few inches of water. Watch carefully and heat over medium-low heat until everything is melted.
Remove from heat and stir in the essential oils and vitamin E, if using.
Pour into tiny tins, if you have them, or you can recycle glass jelly or mason jars. Once your lip balms have set up, cap and store away from direct heat or sunlight.
This sized batch will fill about 7 little half-ounce tins.
Be sure to apply with clean fingers or cotton swabs, avoiding ‘double dipping’ so you won’t contaminate your lip balm. You can also use this balm as healing salve, suitable for minor scrapes and patches of dry skin.
Aside from making your own healing cold sore lip balm, you can check these 10 Home Remedies for Cold Sores which you can find at HowStuffWorks. The tips are:
1. Covering a cold sore with petroleum jelly will speed healing and help protect it from secondary infection with bacteria.
2. Get a new toothbrush after the blister has formed and again after the attack has cleared up.
3. Applying sunscreen to your lips may help prevent sun-induced recurrences of cold sores.
4. Don’t squeeze, pinch or pick a cold sore.
5. Take aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen or other over-the-counter painkillers when cold sores are painful.
6. Avoid triggers that include, infection, colds and flu, sunburn, stress, fatique, changes in the immune system, trauma, food allergies
7. Chewing a licorice whip.
8. Use ice packs and cold compresses to provide some temporary relief.
9. Soak a cottonball in cold milk and apply it to the sore to relieve pain.
10. Sucking on zinc lozenges can boost the immune system.
To learn more about making the Healing Cold Sore Lip Balm recipe, please check out the full article of TheNerdyFarmWife on the link below…