Cold sore are a form of the heroes simplex virus. They usually come out when you are run down, stressed or your immune system is low.
There are several ways to reduce the number of outbreak and their severity.
1- reduce stress or at lest deal with the stress you are facing(talk, meditate, yoga, walk in nature, remove yourself from the situation, etc etc)
2- increase lysine foods(amino acid) - lean meat, dairy(milk, yoghurt, cheese), eggs etc)
3- reduce arginine foods(amino acid) nuts, seeds, whole grains, chocolate etc.
4- reduce intake of acidic tasting foods
5- increase foods that boost the immune system- onion, garlic, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels etc
6- high dose vitamin C daily
7- echinacea tincture if you feel run down.
8- dab the following on the cold sore if it is present- tea tree oil, lemon balm oil, lavender oil, at John wort oil, salt, chamomile tincture. Use any of the above 3x day while cold sore is present.
9- Aloe Vera lip balm. Used daily over 3 months can help to suppress the virus.
10- drink chamomile tea.
Carina Kennedy was formerly a Nurse, now a Nutritional Therapist and Herbalist living in the west of Ireland. Her passion is food, health and teaching clients to gain control of their life with simple techniques.