Cold Sores are painful and unsightly lesions that appear around the mouth, usually on the lips and chin. They are caused by the highly contagious herpes simplex virus, and when the body's Immune System becomes run down, cold sores tend to reemerge, causing considerable discomfort.
Though there is no known cure for the cold sore virus, there are many preventative measures that can be taken to lessen the duration and appearance of these bothersome blisters. Natures Healthbox offer a wide range of natural remedies, designed to ease the annoying and irritating affects of cold sores. For example, Lysine (an Amino Acid), Peppermint oil and Vanilla extract have all been used directly upon the skin to treat cold sores for many years, while Lemon balm is thought to help speed up the healing time of a blister. Licorice Root contains the active ingredient Glycyrhizic Acid, which has anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties believed to halt the virus cells from spreading and subsequently counteract the symptoms of a cold sore.
In today's modern world the pace of life has significantly accelerated, causing many of us to experience our daily lives 'on-the-go' with very little time for rest and leisure. The more we move away from ourselves the more risks there are to the adverse effects of stress in our bodies, with one of those being a cold sore outbreak. Though it is easier said than done, reducing ones levels of Stress (a common trigger of cold sores along with menstruation) may help a person to reduce the number of cold sore outbreaks he or she usually has over the course of a year. If you feel a cold sore coming on increasing your Vitamin intake can be benefical too. Vitamin C boosts the body's defending white blood cells, while Vitamin E has been found to relieve the related pain and irritation of cold sores, when applied topically.