Today, I felt that dreaded tingle, the tingle that precedes a cold sore. Within minutes, it was a full blown creature and had taken over the bottom half of my lip. I was mortified!
I’ve dealt with cold sores on and off throughout my 20s. Thankfully they aren’t that common for me. My last one was three years ago. This also meant that I didn’t have cold sore medicine on hand.
Abreva was my choice in the past. It never was a miracle cure, but it did always feel like it was helping. My cold sores always last 1 week, no matter what medicine I use. Now that I’m focusing on a non-toxic life, I want to see if I can move this buster along with non toxic remedies, at home.
Day 1 of Healing a Cold Sore the Natural Way At Home
I started my journey as many do, a quick online search to see what essential oils would do the trick. I am a big oil lover and like when I get to use my growing stash.
Why Try Essential Oils For Cold Sores?
Essential oils are plant based and potent. This makes them a great ingredient for non toxic remedies.
My search led me to this article which has a great breakdown of which oils are good and some recipes. Ultimately, I used the resources I came across to experiment on my own.
The first thing I tried was peppermint and thyme undiluted. I always dilute, but I was curious to see if this would speed it along. It burned right away. I definitely would NOT recommend this route!
I decided to make a roller bottle blend that I could use a cotton swab with. It’s very important to avoid cross contamination when dealing with cold sores. Here is the blend I made:
• 5 ml roller bottle
• 5 drops Peppermint
• 2 drops Clove
• 3 drops Thyme
• Fractionated Coconut Oil
This blend was way more soothing and didn’t burn at all.
As Day 1 nears its end, I have come up with a plan for to combat this sucker. I will:
• Drink lots of water (at least 8 glasses)
• Use the roller blend 3-5 times a day
• have Emergen-C once a day along with elderberry gummies*
Healing is both topical and internal. I need to provide my body with the nutrients it needs to fight off this infection. In the meantime, I will destress and hopefully this sucker will be gone soon!
Stay tuned for more updates on how these non toxic remedies for cold sores fare.