Cold sores are painful blisters around the mouth. Herpes simplex causes these lesions (HSV). Two out of three persons under 50 carry the virus, thus it's common.

Natural Remedies for Cold Sores Viruses in general are very difficult to remove from the body, and there is no cure yet for the herpes virus. There are many natural remedies for cold sores though that work to suppress outbreaks and reduce symptoms.

Self-care If stress and inadequate self-care cause cold sore outbreaks, resting and recovering makes sense. Sleep, proper food, and stress reduction help boost the immune system.

Bee Propolis Honey bees do a lot of amazing things for us (hello honey and pollination!) but they also create another product that can be helpful for cold sores: bee propolis.

Honey and Turmeric Honey and turmeric are natural cold sore treatments. Honey has been used for generations as a natural anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal treatment.

Use Black Tea (Topically) Most individuals already have black tea at home. Black tea bags applied topically helps inhibit herpes. Black tea tannins prevent herpes virus uptake into cells, preventing sores.

mmune-Boosting Nutrients Because a healthy immune system is the best way to fight any kind of infection, it’s always helpful to first start with a healthy diet full of immune-supporting nutrients.

We’re all different and our immune systems and bodies work in different ways. One remedy may work best for one person while another works better for someone else.