Treating your cold sore, naturally
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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 sceptical, the benefits of natural ingredients are now becoming hard to ignore.
Propolis, a natural ingredient in Herstat, is a substance produced by bees, it has extraordinary healing properties. To learn more about how propolis is used in bee hives, visit our honeybee page.
When propolis is used for medicinal purposes it can assist in healing wounds and treating infections. It is often used in throat sprays to help soothe sore throats or taken daily in capsules to boost the immune system and prevent colds and flu.
Although it's not a 100% natural cold sore treatment (we use emollients to aid moist wound healing), Herstat harnesses the natural restorative properties of propolis to help soothe the symptoms of a cold sore and speed up recovery time. Our coldsore cream goes further than any other cold sore treatment, delivering fast results at any stage of infection, and Herstat offers a preventative lip care stick for those who suffer from recurring outbreaks.
Herstat believes in promoting wellness and a healthy lifestyle, and whilst nothing clears a cold sore faster than our ointment, 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 attack.
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 though 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 the pain, calm redness or speed up healing time quite like our cold sore treatment, which incorporates the natural healing properties of propolis.
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