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    8 Ways to Get Rid of Cold Sores, FAST!

    Posted by: Gillian Day BHSc. Comp Med, Adv Dip Nat, AFMCP Grad

    8 Ways to Get Rid of Cold Sores, FAST!

    Gr8 Health offers quick-acting, effective Cold Sore Treatments from the most therapeutic brands available. Get rid of your cold sore fast with our selection of ointments, gels and natural remedies picked by our naturopaths and doctor. Whilst there is currently no cure for cold sores and they do eventually clear up on their own, they can hang about for up to 3 weeks – which for most sufferers, is 3 weeks too long! There is so much you can do naturally to support your body to reduce the risk of getting a cold sore, and decrease the intensity, frequency and length of any outbreak you might have.


    1. Necessity Cold Sore Relief 

    The genius of this product is that it’s not one, not two, but seven potent essential oils packaged in a milder, carrier oil base that can be directly applied to the sore multiple times every day. This proven multi-tasking formula works brilliantly as stand-alone skin repair to help you fight, prevent and treat cold sores. Each ingredient has been chosen for its unique skin treatment benefits and natural healing properties including tea tree oil for its antiviral and antibacterial properties, vetiver to promote circulation and healing, lavender for its anti fungal and antiseptic properties and eucalyptus to offer antibacterial support. This product is an absolute Necessity! Shop Now

    2. Lysine

    Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Lysine is an amino acid which can be used as an effective preventative and as part of your treatment protocol for cold sore outbreaks. For premium lysine containing topical treatments, click here; It is equally important to decrease arginine rich foods as the virus that causes cold sores (HSV-1) feeds off the amino acid arginine. You don’t have to eliminate arginine in full from your diet. The goal is to increase the ratio of lysine and arginine, in favour of lysine.  Shop Now

    3. ZINC

    Taking a zinc supplement daily can shorten cold sore outbreaks. Shop Now 

    4. Peppermint oil

    Peppermint oil contains anti-viral properties so it has the capacity to kill the virus that causes cold sores and is fantastic to help heal the sore as well. Dilute a few drops of this essential oil with a milder, carrier oil such as almond oil and apply it directly on the sore. Shop Now

    5. Manuka honey

    Yes, honey is great on toast and it’s also good to soothe a sore throat – however for cold sores, manuka honey is a dynamo of antioxidants, antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial properties. All of these are incredibly healing, making it an ideal solution to prevent cold sores from forming and reducing any outbreaks. Shop Now

    6. Vitamin C with bioflavonoids

    Keeping your immune system as robust as possible is the very best way to ward off the virus that causes cold sores. Because vitamin C is water soluble it travels in and out of the body fairly easily so we need a constant supply. 1 of the ways vitamin C works on cold sores is that it activates our white blood cells which help to fight illness. Bioflavanoids are a brilliant addition to any vitamin C formula as they help the body absorb as much vitamin C as possible. Shop Now 

    7. Echinacea

    Echinacea is my absolute favourite herb for creating a healthy and vigorous immune system, so it’s a fantastic herbal medicine to work as a preventative for cold sores. Shop Now

    8. Manage your stress

    Stress is the most common trigger for a cold sore outbreak as stress weakens our immune system and your ability to ward off the cold sore virus. What can you do about it? Self-care is key; have a daily stress release practice, whether it’s practicing yoga, journaling, walking in nature or cooking and if this is not always achievable; take the very best quality supplements for stress and nervous system support, found in; Herbs of Gold Stress Ease Adrenal Support

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