Herpes simplex virus causes cold sores which is contagious. Type I hepes simplex causes oral herpes or cold sores. Cold sore can start from any part of the mouth. The infection will start with tingling feeling around the outside of the infected part and grows it into red with fluid filled blisters within a day or two. It may grow inside the mouth, on the nose or on the chin and these can take more than one week to develop after the exposure.
Cold sores once caught the body, the virus would stay in the skin and may crop up through out the years to come. Some herbal and natural remedies are really effective to root it out.
Black Walnut: This herb can be used to cure cold sores or fever blisters. It has got natural antiseptic properties. It be used externally to treat cold sores.
Aloe Vera gel: This herb nature’s best remedy to heal. If this is used timely, if blisters are not formed it will work best. Try to apply it on the sores several times in a day to get relief from this.
Comfrey salve: This herb can heal this disease effectively. Apply this herb externally on it to get the desired result. This is very contagious disease and try to avoid having contact with any one.
Lemon balm: This is the most effective herb to get relief from this problem. It has natural anti viral properties. A solution can be made to apply on the sores with cotton ball after soaking in it several times in a day to get result. It is also available tin tea form to be taken to cure these sores easily.
Myrrh: It is used as an ingredient in many commercial lip ointments, gum resin to treat infection in and around the mouth. Make an infusion by pouring one cup of water with one to two teaspoons of powdered myrrh and let it soak up for ten to fifteen minutes to apply on sores. It should be applied several times in a day.
Cankerroot (Coptis groenlandica) or goldthread.: It is traditionally used to cure cold sores. It is very effective herb to cure sores. It can be used as a tea to treat mouth sores
Goldenseal: This herb has got antiseptic and astringent chemical to treat all sorts of sores in the body. Boil two teaspoons dried powder of it in water. Use this water to rinse the mouth. This will heal the infection.
Licorice: This herb contains tannin to help treat all kinds of sores. It is very useful to fight infection and sores are cured completely.
Echinacea: This herb strengthen immune system. It is an antiviral to heal mouth sores and it should be repeated twice in a day.
Chamomile: It gives a relief in pain and helps healing. Strong tea may be made of it to be used to treat mouth sores as well.