Although it's not a 100% natural cold sore care product (we use emollients to aid moist wound healing), our lip protectant goes further by delivering relief of the symptoms of cold sores at any stage of an outbreak.

In recent years there has been a distinct increase in the number of people who would rather use natural alternatives to chemicals for the treatment of all manner of ailments.

The trend is encouraging for advocates of natural remedies. Whilst there are still a large number of people who are skeptical, the benefits of natural ingredients are now becoming hard to ignore.

Holistic Approach

Herstat believes in promoting wellness and a healthy lifestyle, and whilst our ointment helps relieve the symptoms of a cold sore, it is important to keep supporting your immune system before or during an outbreak.

With that in mind, here are a few handy, natural tips for keeping yourself on top form during a cold sore outbreak.

Lemon Water – Lemons are packed with vitamin C and a whole host of other nutrients. By popping a slice of lemon into some hot water you can provide a much-needed boost to your immune system when suffering from a cold sore outbreak.

White blood cells are the body's defenders – think of them as soldiers going into battle – and vitamin C helps create more white blood cells to fight infection.

Substituting your morning cup of coffee with hot water and lemon could help support your body through a flair up.

Load up on lysine - Lysine is a protein which helps the body to heal. Foods rich in lysine are often dairy-based and include eggs, milk and cheese. Lean meats are also a good option.

Stay away from arginine - Another protein, but one that helps the herpes virus thrive. Foods high in arginine include whole grains, some nuts and seeds, and (sorry ladies and gents) chocolate.

Echinacea – Echinacea is another natural substance reported to bolster the immune system if taken regularly. Most users get their dose of Echinacea through drinking it as a herbal infusion.

Take a break - Cold sores strike when our bodies are run down, so when one appears it could mean you need to slow down and unwind. Try to use some calming techniques such as meditation or reading and allow yourself an early night or two to ensure you get plenty of sleep - your body will thank you for it.

Our final tip for you is short and sweet – USE HERSTAT!

While all the above natural methods may help support you through a cold sore, they won't help soothe your dry, chapped, and sore lips quite like Herstat.

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