Nourish - Cold Sore Virus – Natural Preventatives, Treatments and Remedies (Part Two)
Welcome to part two of a two-part series on the cold sore virus.
In this blog post we shall be covering the natural preventatives, treatments and remedies against the cold sore virus.
So let’s head on to talking about a handful of Natural Preventatives, Treatments and Remedies you can put into use to help.
Catch it Early
The best way to get rid of a cold sore quickly is to catch it as early as possible. When you start feeling a slight tingling or itching on your lip now is the time to strike!
If you’re reading this however, after the cold sore has already broken out, these tips will still help you to reduce the pain, heal faster and prevent re-occurrence of infection.
Propolis is a thick, sticky resin that is created from a combination of bees’ saliva, beeswax and plant sap, and is a well-known treatment for cold sores.
We stock A. Vogel’s Bio-Propolis which is a lip Care Ointment that is useful at every stage of attack.
If used at the first sign of tingling, you may even stop its appearance altogether!
If a break out has already occurred, know that this is incredibly soothing and helps to forms a protective barrier on the lips for constant protection. Even if you miss the initial tingling stage, it will still help to fight the infection.
On the subject of bees, let’s not forget this outstanding antibacterial and healing gift from nature – Manuka honey.
Applying Manuka honey directly to a cold sore helps to provide a protective layer that stops bacteria from entering and worsening the situation. It helps to prevent the sore from drying out and cracking as well as reducing pain.
And since Manuka honey naturally contains powerful antibacterial, antifungal, antibiotic, antimicrobial and antiviral properties, it makes it especially effective in treating a wide range of conditions from colds, throat infections, sore throats, flu’s, stomach ulcers, infected wounds and skin ulcers. It’s also incredibly supportive to your immune system overall.
Lysine is an amino acid that has been found to stop the production of Arginine, plus it has antiviral properties against HSV-1. As a preventative, taking a daily Lysine supplement can help to keep cold sores from developing and the cold sore virus replicating.
Lysine can be found naturally in foods like:
Avocados, dried apricots and mangoes, beets, leeks, tomatoes, pears, green and red peppers, potatoes, legumes, tempeh, kidney beans, black beans, chickpeas and hummus, lentils, pistachios, cashews macadamia nuts, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, meat, fish and dairy products.
Extract from Patrick Holford’s website on Cold Sores:
“The herpes virus feeds off an amino acid called arginine. If you supplement lysine, an amino acid that looks like arginine, you fool the virus and effectively starve it. I recommend supplementing 1,000mg of lysine every day, away from food, to keep the virus at bay.
When you have an active infection, supplement 3,000mg of lysine a day and cut right back on foods rich in arginine, which include beans, lentils, nuts and chocolate. The more stressed you are, the weaker your immune system becomes and the more chances the virus has to become active.
A good way to boost your immune system is to supplement 2g of vitamin C every day. Some people also find MSM reduces an infection. Worth trying if lysine doesn’t clear things up.”
Zinc is essential for immune health and wound healing, therefore if you’re low in this mineral, you may be more susceptible to an outbreak, and should you have one, it’s healing time may take longer.
Zinc is also one of the minerals that stress easily wipes out from the body, therefore if stress makes a common appearance in your life, it is vital that you keep your levels in check.
You can find zinc naturally in foods like:
Nuts and Seeds (pumpkin seeds—whole or shelled—are an excellent way to get your zinc intake for the day), as are green leafy veg, beans and lentils, seafood and dark chocolate.
You can take a zinc supplement, but I recommend getting a blood test done by your doctor first, or at least taking this mineral in combination with copper or in a multivitamin.
If you take consistent high levels of this mineral it can deplete your copper levels and cause other complications, including lowering your immune system.
Viridian Zinc with Copper, Viridian Multivitamin
Vitamin C is well known for its immune-boosting and supportive properties, therefore, it works well as a preventative and a treatment against the cold sore virus.
We stock plenty of Vitamin C supplements to complement a healthy diet.
Try Camu Camu, Source Of Life Garden Vitamin C, Pukka Natural Vitamin C, Garden of Life Mykind Organic Vitamin C Spray
Stress-Relieving Herbs and Mushrooms
There’s always going to be a time when we’re stressed, and sometimes it’s out of our control.
It’s incredibly important to carve out me-time and learn ways to deal with day to day stress, as well as stressful events, such as those covered in this previous blog post.
There will, however, always be times when we need a little extra helping hand.
Here’s where herbs and medicinal mushrooms come in.
These help to provide extra support as you go about your day, whether at work, school, during exam time, being a busy mum or when you’re working through something stressful.
Passionflower is a fantastic herbal remedy those who are prone to worrying, anxiety, stress, feeling under pressure or having trouble sleeping. If stress and lack of sleep are your cold sore triggers, this one’s a good’n to have in your repertoire.
This herb is wonderful at helping to maintain a healthy response to stress, plus it’s a natural sedative, a nerve calming agent and a sleep aid which is often able to help people relax, unwind and enjoy a well-deserved good night’s sleep.
A Vogel’s Passiflora Complex is a herbal tincture containing only freshly harvested, organically grown Passiflora and Avena sativa herbs.
Simply take 20 drops twice daily, in a little water. Done!
If you’re stressed or having trouble sleeping, Reishi mushroom is your mushroom since it soothes the nervous system by easing anxiety and promotes relaxation and sleep.
And if a lowered immune system is your trigger, you’ll be happy to know that reishi mushroom supports the immune system too.
For more info about reishi, see my previous blog here, which also includes a few ways you can incorporate it into your diet.
Rhodiola is an amazing herb, and one you will find highly recommended throughout the Nourish stores when looking for a helpful remedy for combating stress, fighting fatigue or feeling blue.
It helps you to meet the challenges of today’s fast-paced, high-stress world, with its anti-stress and fatigue-fighting properties and its ability to promote energy, endurance and stamina.
Rhodiola is a top-notch adaptogen, demonstrating extraordinary support and helping you to adapt better to both physical and mental stress. Rhodiola defends the body overall and protects general health and well-being.
L-Theanine and Lemon Balm
Viridian’s L-Theanine and Lemon Balm complex offers natural relaxation without sedation. A great remedy for those with a busy lifestyle, as it may promote calmness, improve focus and memory, and help sleep.
L-theanine works with our natural alpha-brain wave activity to promote relaxation, while Lemon Balm assists in improving mood and evoking clear thinking. Combined, these two ingredients can assist with stress, anxiety, nervousness and tension.
Lemon balm is also a great tea to include in your diet. It’s delicious, uplifting and even has some beneficial antibacterial properties.
In order to keep your triggers at bay, no matter what they are, below I shall link some blog posts I feel are relevant and that include information on lifestyle, dietary and supplementary advise that may be useful, whether it’s to help you with sleep, stress, boosting your veggie intake or improving your immune health.
Any questions? Drop into your local Nourish store to chat with our expert team and explore our full range of foods, supplements and skincare. You can also find our full product range in our online store.
*Please note that while we are knowledgeable about our products and nutrition, this blog should never be a substitute for medical advice and attention.
Please remember that you should always obtain the all-clear from your doctor before starting any new supplement plan or diet if you’re on any medication.