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    Default Home Remedies for Canker Sores

    They do work.
    Acidophilus Take four acidophilus capsules three or four times a day
    with milk. The milk is an activating culture medium for the bacilli.
    This will soothe the sore and speed up healing. If you do this when
    you feel a burning or itching at the onset of the cold sore, this
    remedy may inhibit the formation of the lesion.

    Aloe When the tingling starts, try rubbing juice from an aloe plant
    on the affected area. If you are traveling, take a bottle of aloe
    gel with you just in case a sore begins. This remedy is especially
    effective if used at the first sign of a cold sore, but will also
    stop it later on, too, and will begin the healing process
    immediately and keep the sore from "blossoming."

    Chaparral Native Americans used the herb chaparral (Larrea
    tridentata) as a remedy for colds and viruses, arthritis, burns,
    sores and other problems. Recently a company has patented a product
    called Larreastat derived from chaparral that has proven very
    effective in deactivating certain viruses, relieving inflammation
    and clearing up certain skin conditions. The product comes in
    capsules and a spray, which provides almost instant relief from cold
    sore pain.

    Cornstarch Apply a cornstarch paste.

    Camphor Have your pharmacist mix up some spirits of camphor and dab
    it on the sore with a cotton ball.

    DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) Dab it on the sores twice daily with your
    fingers or a cotton ball. It stops the growth of the virus by
    penetrating right to the center of the herpes infection. See our

    Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) - mix a few drops of GSE with aloe or
    another liquid, such as olive oil, and dab it on to the sore. GSE is
    very strong, so use sparingly!

    Ice Another method to ease the pain is to rub an ice cube on the
    sore for a few minutes. This is especially good to do at the onset
    of a cold sore. Apply ice every ten minutes for an hour. This
    process may prevent the movement of the virus from the nerve to the

    Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) German studies indicated that an
    extract of lemon balm reduced symptoms and sped the healing process.
    See mint remedy below.

    Lomatium (Lomatium dissectum) has a long history of use by Native
    Americans. Research suggests that it may be effective against
    viruses and is a prime infection fighter. Use an extract instead of
    a tincture to avoid getting a full-body rash.

    Combine equal parts of tinctures of echinacea, calendula, oats,
    burdock, and lomatium and take 1/2 teaspoon four or five times a
    day. This combination of herbs will boost the immune system, soothe
    inflamed tissues, remove toxins from the body, and kill viruses and
    Lysine Many people have reported that taking the amino acid L-lysine
    has prevented or lessened the duration of their cold sores.
    Apparently, the herpes virus uses another amino acid, arginine, to
    grow and replicate while lysine inhibits the virus' ability to
    replicate itself. Reduce your intake of arginine-containing foods as
    mentioned above. If you get sores frequently take 1,500 to 3,000 mg.
    daily as a preventive measure. When you feel a sore coming on, take
    3,000 mg daily until the sore crusts over. Experiment with the
    dosage until you find one that inhibits recurrence by reducing the
    amount until you find the optimal maintenance dosage, perhaps to 300-
    600 mg. Lysine may also be applied topically to the sores. If you
    get a cold sore, taking lysine should shorten the time you have it
    considerably, generally within five days. Consult your medical
    practitioner regarding your intake of lysine, especially if you are
    pregnant or nursing. No amino acid in large doses should be taken
    for long periods of time. Take the lysine between meals, preferably
    on an empty stomach.

    Mint A topical application of an extract of the mint family herb
    Melissa officinalis will speed healing of the sore, often within
    five days.

    Myrrh Try a tincture of myrrh to relieve the pain.

    Sage Make a tea by adding two or three leaves to a cup of boiling
    water; steep; add one teaspoon of powdered ginger. Drink several
    cups a day until the sores are cleared up.

    Tea Steep an ordinary tea bag (preferably Earl Grey) in boiling
    water for a few minutes; cool; then apply to lesions. Within four or
    five days the lesions should crust over and disappear.

    Vaseline Vaseline will help ease cracking and dryness.

    Yogurt Yogurt is high in lysine. Most commercial yogurts however
    have gelatin (may induce a cold sore outbreak) as a thickener, so
    make sure you read the label! Natural food stores carry gelatin-free

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    Re: : Home Remedies for Canker Sores

    When the cold sores are at the early stage when you get the tingle feeling
    we apply honey over here in New Zealand we have a honey called Manuka honey
    and I swear buy this honey for lots of things including sore throats but I
    have been told that normal honey works just as well

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    Re: : Home Remedies for Canker Sores

    Swishing your mouth out with warm salt water is what we did as kids and
    still do. It stings in the begining, but it helps.


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