Cold Sores

Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 is a virus characterized by cold sores, usually on and around the lips, it appears as single or multiple clusters of small blisters filled with a clear fluid. These blisters eventually burst, leaving small, painful ulcers that heal in around 10 – 21 days. This phase of the virus is known as an outbreak, the virus then reverts to its’ dormant state and will not cause any symptoms to appear, the virus may not be reactivated for years.

Diet tips for cold sores

  • Reduce foods containing the amino acid Arginine which the virus thrives on such as chocolate, nuts, carob, peanuts, oats, soybeans, nuts, seeds and coconut
  • Increase foods which contain the anti-viral amino acid Lysine such as fish, sprouts, dairy, kidney beans, split peas, eggs, brewers yeast, fruit and vegetables, chicken, lamb and cheese
  • Reduce acidic foods such as dairy, wheat, sugar, preserved and processed foods, refined and foods containing artificial colours, flavours and additives

Lifestyle factors for cold sores

  • Recent immunity illnesses may contribute to an outbreak of cold sores. Address underlying poor immunity
  • Manage stress
  • Contact with others infected with the virus (kissing, using the same utensils or towels)
  • Sun exposure

Natural remedies for cold sores

  • Applying the following topically to the outbreaks may give you relief from the pain associated with cold sores: Aloe Vera gel, Lavender, Tea Tree oil or Melissa oil diluted in a carrier oil
  • Dab some milk onto the affected area as dairy foods contain Lysine
  • Vitamin C and Bioflavinoids are important for strong immunity
  • Make a paste with Slippery elm and a small amount of water and apply it directly to the affected area to promote healing of cold sores
  • Herbs which have an antibacterial effect are Olive leaf, Neem, Golden seal and Echinacea