8 Home Remedies For Cold Sores

Cold Sores

Falling sick is a human tendency, but the amount of pain and the treatment that follows could be quite stressful for the person. One common infection is a cold sore which appears as small blisters on the lips and around the mouth. In such an infection the blister may turn red and also bleed which may eventually turn into a scab and take at least 2-3 weeks to heal.

Cold sores are usually caused by a virus called herpes simplex virus, a virus which can enter the body due to various factors like coming into a physical contact with a similarly infected person. A cold sore may begin with pain around the mouth and lips, sore throat and at times swelling in certain areas of the body especially the neck region may get swollen.

While cold sores don’t need much of a treatment and tend to disappear on its own after a couple of weeks, treatment from a doctor may be required if it is too painful. The doctor may prescribe certain skin creams and tablets which may help the infection to subside. Certain home remedies if followed correctly can help heal the cold sores to a great extent.

Effective Home Remedies For Cold Sores

Lemon Balm Remedy

Lemon Balm Leaves

They say prevention is better than cure. Hence, if you feel you are going to break into a cold sore, the best way to kill the infection before it erupts is to make a nice, strong tea using the lemon balm leaves which is a part of the mint group. Then you can soak some cotton into the tea and wherever you may be, you can simply dip the cotton into the tea and place it on the desired area. This needs to be done several times if already infected.

Tip: Lemon Balm leaves can be found easily and grown in your local garden as well.

Mint Leaves

Mint Leaves

You can cure your cold sores by using the mint leaves as well. Put some crushed mint leaves into some water. Boil the water for around 20 minutes. Mix it well and let the solution cool down for some time. Then put a towel or a piece of cotton into the mix and then place on the affected area.

This should be followed by putting an ice cube simultaneously. If you repeat this method a couple of times in a day, surely the pain and sore will subside by night.

Alum Remedy


Alum is a powdery white spice which is considered to be very effective in treating cold sores. Try applying some amount of the alum powder to your sore. It will surely burn like hell, but after that the pain will reduce and so will the sore. By next day you would be able to see a drastic improvement in the appearance of your sore.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil

This oil again is a very useful way to treat the infection. It is considered to have anti-infection properties and hence is simply magical to treat the condition. It is relatively cheap and easily available. Just take some of the oil and put it on a clean piece of cloth and dab it on the sore. Repeat this every 2-3 hours during the day and your sore will appear relatively small by the end of the day.

Simple Ice Cube Remedy

Ice Cubes

While a cold sore usually troubles children, the quickest and fastest remedy would be to place an ice cube on the itchy area. While placing an ice cube directly on the sore could at times increase the pain, try to put the ice cube in a piece of cloth and then place it. By doing so it will surely have a soothing effect on the sore.



This is the most powerful ingredient from the kitchen which helps deal not only with cold sores but with any open wound or cut in general. Honey is extremely skin friendly and also sweet, so by applying some honey on the sore couple of times a day will surely help fight the infection. But care should be taken to use the original honey and not the processed one.



This is also a simple remedy, which if followed properly will help the infection heal faster. Foods like yogurt, milk, cheese and meat should be included in the diet and consumed in a higher percentage. These foods are high in Lysine, a protein which helps fight and prevent cold sores.

Avoid Arginine

Arginine Rich Foods

This is also a protein, but a kind which helps encourage the herpes virus thus giving way to cold sores. Hence, try to avoid foods rich in Arginine like nuts, chocolates and whole grains. Apart from these remedies, eating a balanced diet including some great vegetables and fruits will definitely keep all kinds of infections at bay.