Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus. After picking up the virus, it’s down to genetics and immune system whether we develop symptoms or not. In up to half of cases, the virus is defeated by our immune system and sent back to its hiding place. However, in the case of cold sore sufferers, the virus travels along the nerves until it reaches the skin and infects skin cells causing symptoms.


Bee Propolis in the form of tincture or cream has been shown to have a powerful effect on the herpes simplex virus, especially when applied before sores erupt, it can dramatically reduce their incidence and shorten their duration. Do not use this orally or topically if you are allergic to bee products.

– Garlic max (HealthAid) internally and externally (cut the capsule and apply the extract to the affected area).

Allicin Max internally and Alliderm externally.

L-lysine is well known for its effects in controlling viral infections. Lysine can help correct the imbalances (excess dietary arginine) leading to herpes, the virus that can cause painful mouth sores and fever blisters. Studies show that lysine supplements help prevent breakouts and reduce the intensity of flare-ups.  Lysine is also required for adequate absorption of calcium and for collagen formation (a vitamin C dependent process). Lysine can enter metabolic pathways that eventually provide necessary ingredients for the production of energy. This is true of many of the amino acids and is the reason protein can be a source of energy (kcals).

Vitamin D3: 30,000 IU a day with a meal for 1 to 4 weeks. 10,000 IU a day after that. Try to increase the blood level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D to at least 50 or more ng/ml. Vitamin D requires magnesium for its conversion in kidneys to vitamin D4 (final and active form). If you are deficient in magnesium vitamin D will not boost immunity.

Magnesium citrate or another well absorbed magnesium: 2 times a day 200-400 mg between meals. The more vitamin D3 is used the more magnesium must be taken as D3 leads to magnesium deficiency.

Zinc: 15-50mg after meals.

Ice may ease the discomfort and inflammation of cold sores. Apply a cold pack directly to the sores for temporary relief.

– Essential oils like Myrrh oil, Melissa (Lemon balm) extract or oil, Tea tree oil or Geranium oil, applied with a clean cotton bud, can soothe and speed healing.

Goldenseal (Natures answer) internally and externally.

Zinc oxide creams are readily available at the drug store, and you can also find zinc oxide in some sunscreen. Research shows that applying the cream to the affected area can reduce symptoms like blistering, itching, and soreness. If you apply it within 24 hours of symptoms appearing, it can also shorten the length of an outbreak.

– Eat two or three apples every day and apply a piece of fresh apple or even apple juice to the infected area. Apples contain quercetin that belongs to the bioflavonoid group which inhibit the activity of viruses in our body. This can also be very effective in preventing the replication of herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores. So, eat one or two apples every day if you are suffering from cold sores.

– Avoid all products containing sugar, milk, cheese, pizza, alcohol, white flour, white rice, stimulants, etc.


– In order to speed up the recovery it is crucial to implement principles included in HEALTH RECOVERY PLAN >



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