How to Treat Cold Sores

They’re painful, they’re unsightly and they tingle and annoy. And they are caused by a very common virus that affects approximately 8 out of 10 people. [1] Unfortunately they are also stigmatised and people assume that you get cold sores from being unclean, or dirty, unkempt or unwashed. This is simply not true or scientifically accurate.

Quite simply, they are caused by the herpes simplex virus which is as common as the average old run of the mill cold or flu virus that can sweep through a community in autumn or winter.

The virus was even prevalent in ancient times, with the Emperor Tiberius banning kissing in Rome at onetime because so many Romans had blisters on their lips and mouths![2]

The Herpes Simplex Virus

Cold sores are caused by this virus. They appear on the mouth or face as fever blisters that contain active virus particles which last for between 2 and 21 days.[3] There is no cure, and the frequency and severity of outbreaks can depend on your health, stress levels, immunity and other factors. Some people become completely asymptomatic over a period of several years and may still carry the virus but exhibit not visible signs or outbreaks.


The most effective mode of prevention is no contact with the infected site. But this may not always be possible and so it is a good idea to consider strengthening the immune system and also employing some natural products or natural remedies in the event of an outbreak.

Your Immune System

You immune system needs to run at optimal level. That means fuelling it and feeding it with the right diet, vitamins, and exercise and lifestyle choices. A strong immune system allows you to live fully. It also allows you to ward of nasty bugs and viruses that may threaten your health and wellbeing.

You can do a lot to manage and treat cold sores by adopting a preventative and complementary health approach that strengthens your immune system and your physical realm:

  • Eat a balanced and healthy diet high in greens, fruits, vegetables, proteins, pulses, grains
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Exercise a few times a week
  • Seek out naturopathic guidance where required

Natural Remedies

Here is a simple list of natural products and remedies that can be used to soothe and treat cold sores:

  • Lemons. Cut a slice of lemon and place this on the affected area at night. The vitamin C helps to fight disease and boost the immune system and the lemon can soothe.
  • Apple cider vinegar – this wonder drug can be applied via cotton wool to your unopened blister.
  • Garlic – this wonder food is a natural antibiotic. You can use it as an all-purpose general immune booster or apply a garlic extract to the infected area.
  • Various cold sore kits are available on the market which contain L-Lysine (an amino acid) and various essential oils. These can be purchased online or at a naturopathy clinic or complementary medicine health store.

Cold sores can be treated naturally. Keep your immune system strong and healthy and utilise complementary medical products and vitamins wherever possible.

Remember – it is your health and wellbeing, and you deserve to be happy.

Have a good day.