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Cold sores are really painful embarrassing, visible and contagious. It is really frustrating to have cold sores because you can`t really hide it and it is very uncomfortable. Everyone who sees you notices the cold sores and it is depressing. There are many ways you can learn on how to heal cold sores naturally with home remedies. If you apply these home remedies during the onset of a flare-up, then you will be able to prevent this from happening.
Herpes Simplex Virus Type I or HSV-1, is the virus that causes cold sores. People can contract this virus at any time, but most people tend to contract it during childhood. If you happen to contract the virus, then it sits on a nerve and can actually remain dormant for many years. So it is very hard to know if you have the HSV-1 virus. There are many causes of cold sores such as hormonal changes, stress, alcohol consumption and so on. But the important question is how to heal cold sores?
One of the first thing you should be doing, when you feel the tingling sensation of coming cold sore, is to take a therapeutic dose of L-lysine, which is an amino acid.You should take it around 1500-200 grams for a couple of days.
Another effective remedy is licorice root, because it has a very active ingredient known as lisyrisic acid. And this acid blocks viral growth, including HSV-1. To get this acid you can take licorice tea or take it as a tablet or supplement. It is a very powerful natural cleansing remedy, but you should also be a bit careful with it. You should not take more than 2-4 grams of it per day and you must not take it, if you are pregnant. Licorice tea bags are about 2 grams.
Another way to heal cold sores is to make a tea from lemon palm. To make this tea you need to take 1 tablespoon of lemon balm and poor boiling water over this. You should be drinking it throughout the day and especially if you feel cold sores coming. But the thing is that you will not get much benefits, if you are using lemon balm powder. The reason is that it has been processed too much to have any real effect.
You can also apply crushes garlic on the sore and leave it there for about half an hour. And most likely the most effective homeopathic ointment for cold sores is also Canker-Rid. If you are also having problems with mouth ulcers, mouth sores and canker sores, then Canker-Raid is the best treatment for it. Canker-Raid is made of Durham`s proprietary blend of various bee products. And resin which is made of tree leaves and bark, pollen, wax, bee bread and nectar that form Propolis. And it is the Propolis that is a great source of amino acids, bioflavonoids and infection protectant.
There are a lot more effective and natural ways to treat cold sores. These were just a few example of some of the more popular methods. Most of the conditions such as cold sores and illnesses like common colds can be treated with home remedies. People should pay more attention on what they have in the cupboards already available!