Caused by the herpes simplex-1 virus (HSV1), cold sores are small, often painful, fluid-filled blisters that appear on the lips, mouth, or facial areas. Not only are cold sores an eyesore (pun intended), they are also itchy, painful, and extra stressful on the body’s immune system. If you are a sufferer of the dreaded cold sore, do rest assured that you are not alone. In fact, although many do not show symptoms, and thus are not even aware, 75% of the population, worldwide, are carriers of the some form of the herpes virus.
People who do show cold sore symptoms have been known to feel extremely tired while their bodies fight the herpes virus. Because the virus affects your nerves, you may also feel foggy-brained and mentally slow.
Currently, there is no cure for the herpes virus, only medicine and natural remedies that can help you treat an outbreak. You can’t ‘kill it’ (yet). Once you are infected, it lives inside you, lying dormant, hiding in your nervous system forever. However, there are natural supplements that you can take to prevent outbreaks, and to help your body heal quickly when an outbreak happens. Stress has been identified as one of the main causes of cold sore outbreaks. Stress lowers your immune system’s ability to combat pathogens, giving the virus the opportunity to make itself known, physically. In order for you to heal cold sores quickly, or even prevent outbreaks altogether, try these natural herbs that can help you boost your immunity and defeat stress. If you can beef up your body’s defense, then simply taking herbs that have adaptogenic qualities will help you prevent painful and unsightly outbreaks. Here is a list of best natural cold sore remedies for you.
Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng)
More commonly known as Siberian ginseng, the Eleutherococcus senticosis plant is actually not part of the real Panax Ginseng family. However it’s actually more tonifying than the true ginsengs (Chinese/Korean or American). It is energetically neutral so it’s appropriate for daily use. If taken regularly, it enhances immune function, increases anti-inflammatory response, and promotes improved cognitive and physical performance in human research studies. An additional bonus is that it’s significantly less expensive than true ginsengs.
Astragalus is a fantastic immune system supporter. It has a long history in both traditional Chinese medicine and Asian cultures. It’s been used for increasing energy and stamina, improving immune function, and improving resistance to stress.
Commonly referred to as Indian ginseng, Ashwagandha is a natural plant that has powerful antioxidant qualities. One animal study showed it reduced tension and stress on the nervous system. Human trials have shown that the herb reduces cortisol levels up to 26%. Now that’s stress relief!
While people are familiar with olive oil used in cooking, many don’t know that the olive plant leaves themselves also offer tremendous amount health benefits. One of the biggest health benefits observed is that it exhibits anti-viral behaviors. Oleuopein, the active ingredient in olive leaves, penetrates into viral cells and blocks replication by interfering with the virus’ production of proteins. It does all this while leaving your healthy bodily cells well enough alone.
With a healthy diet and use of natural herbal supplements, you can quickly take control of a cold sore outbreak before the virus takes control of you.