If you or someone you know suffers from cold sores or fever blisters, these natural remedies for healing cold sores are sure to help! Two easy essential oil and herbal recipes included…
I’m gonna be honest, up until 3 years ago I didn’t know the difference between canker sore and a cold sore. Call me sheltered, but as far as I knew they were the same thing: small sores in the mouth. No big deal. But when my baby girl broke out with painful sores all over her mouth and gums, I was afraid she had some awful rare disease.
After talking with a few mom friends the verdict was in: herpes.
Whaaaa? How could my sweet little 1 year old get herpes? Wasn’t that an STD? No freakin’ way, José.
But aforementioned mom friends also assured me that HSV-1 (a.k.a. cold sores or fever blisters) was actually pretty common, and not really anything to worry about.
What is herpes?
Even though it comes from the same family of viruses, herpes simplex virus 1 is not the same as herpes simplex virus 2. While HSV-2 is considered a sexually transmitted disease, HSV-1 is primarily transmitted by oral-oral contact. Just like and STD though, HSV-1 is very contagious. My daughter contracted it by sharing a sippy cup with a friend who was infected (we didn’t know the friend had HSV-1 at the time).
HSV-1 is one of the most common types of the herpes virus. While the symptoms (the sores) aren’t always visible, that doesn’t mean the virus is gone. The virus will live dormant inside a person’s immune system their whole life, causing periodic break outs in blisters when the immune system is stressed.
When left alone, herpes cold sores usually last about two weeks. They are uncomfortable and may be accompanied with a low-grade fever or sore throat. During an outbreak the virus is contagious.
While the virus that causes herpes is not curable, there are quite a few natural remedies that can help keep herpes in remission and heal breakouts.
Step 1: A healthy diet.
The number one way to keep herpes (or any virus) at bay is to keep your immune system strong by eating a healthy diet. Foods rich in vitamins B & C, zinc, the amino acid L-lysine, and omega-3s are wonderful ways to make sure your immune system is strong. On the other hand, foods that are highly inflammatory, such as sugars, processed foods, alcohol, and foods high in carbs can damage or tear down your immune system. It’s important to stay off these, as well.
Here are a few recipes made with foods high in vitamins B & C, zinc, L-lysine, and omega-3s that we eat regularly.
- White Chicken Chili in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker
- Crispy Coconut Pan-Fried Salmon
- Simple Herbed Red Drum
- Simple Green Salad with Leftover Turkey and Homemade Ranch
- Paleo Sweet & Sour Chicken
- Chicken Fajitas in the Instant Pot
- 1-Ingredient Carrot Fettuccini
- Dairy-Free Macaroni & Cheese
- Carrot Orange Smoothie
- Creamy Roasted Red Pepper, Sausage & Cauliflower Soup
- Spinach & Garlic Meatballs in the Instant Pot
- Mint Chocolate Chip Blender Ice Cream
- No-Bake Banana Walnut Brownies
Along with the right foods, it’s also important to stay hydrated, get adequate rest, and keep your stress level as low as possible. (So easy, I know!)
Step 2: Supplements.
Though my family eats a relatively healthy diet, there are still times when our immune systems need a little extra something. If anyone in my family starts to feel run down, we start pumping her immune system with these natural boosters.
Below are our go-to supplements. They are all extremely helpful for people who struggle with HSV-1, but are also good for any virus.
- Vitamin B complex
- Vitamin C
- Cod liver oil
- Herbal, Immune-Boosting Sore Throat Tea
- Easy Immune Support Tincture
- Elderberry syrup(make sure the only sweetener is honey or stevia!)
If an outbreak has occurred – as soon as the symptoms appear – these supplements help the body heal quickly:
- Hyland’s Homeopathic Cold Sores & Fever Blisters
- Cold Sore & Fever Blister Essential Oil Blend (recipe from my friend below)
- Cold Sore & Fever Blister Herbal Infusion (recipe below)
Bottom line: a strong immune system is your best bet to fight off any infection, including an outbreak from HSV-1.
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Cold Sore & Fever Blister Essential Oil Blend
Free from grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and sugar.
- carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil works well)
- 30 drops melaleuca oil
- 25 drops Roman chamomile, eucalyptus AND lavender oil
- 20 drops each peppermint, oregano, lemon, ginger AND sandalwood oil
Combine ingredients in a dark glass roller bottle (like these ones).
Apply 3x a day directly to sores to control outbreaks. We roll a little on our finger and then apply it.
Do not apply to sores within the mouth, only on external sores.
Note on essential oils:
Although there are many good quality essential oil brands I’ve used before, I use Plant Therapy and Young Living almost exclusively.
Cold Sore & Fever Blister Herbal Infusion
Free from grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and sugar.
2 T. elderberries
Bring water to a boil.
Place herbs in a bowl and mix to combine. Add 1 heaping tablespoon of mixture to a large mug or liquid measuring cup.
Pour 1 cup boiling water over herbs and let sit – covered – until cooled.
Strain out herbs and stir in a teaspoon of honey, if desired.
Note on herbs:
I purchase my herbs on Amazon or grow them myself (well, my daughter grows them, actually). If you have another trusted source for quality herbs, feel free to use them. I purchase my herbs from Frontier Herbs or Starwest Botanicals.