Cold sores appear to be some form of blisters that pop up beneath the surface of your skin, most of the times around your mouth. More extreme cold sores might also appear on your lips which is even more painful. The worse about cold sores is that they can break open or crust over, leaving you with pain for normally around 10 days. Imagine that, 10 days of pain. However, you may find some soothing in natural ingredients. Keep reading and see how you can soothe that unbearable pain of cold sores with 2 homemade natural remedies.
Most of the times, cold sores will develop due to a lowered immune system. It might happen due to stress or due to sickness. Fortunately, cold sores begin with a disruptive tingling sensation around your lips. Thus, it will make it easier for you to identify it soon and act immediattely with these homemade remedies.
1. Lemon balm home remedy
This is a very gentle and tonic balm with strong anti-viral properties. To create a homemade remedy, you will need the following:
– 2 teaspoons of dried lemon balm
– 1 cup of boiling water
Simply steep the dried lemon balm in boiling water for 15 minutes and then strain the mixture. Using a cotton ball, saturate it in the tea and dab onto the cold sore. For optimal results, you should do this at least 4 times a day. Furthermore, you could also drink it as a tea, 2-3 cups each day so you can get rid of the infection from your body.
2. Holy basil tincture
You can also use holy basil as a natural remedy for cold sores. Get the best results using a holy basil tincture made from the fresh plant.
Start off by chopping your fresh herbs and put them into a clean and dry glass jar. Make sure you secure it with a tight lid. Then, pour 100 proof alcohol, such as vodka, to cover the herbs by three inches. Cover it with the lid and store it for 6 weeks in a warm place. make sure you shake the jar daily to help infuse the herbs into the alcohol. When the period is up, strain off the mixture and bottle your tincture in a dropper bottle. Use small amounts 2 times a day to soothe the pain from cold sores.