Is there something we can do to get relief from canker sores?
Cankers will probably heal in about a week but in the meantime…
my personal favorite remedies are… ice… coconut oil swab… honey rub… cayenne pepper paste… and peppermint or clove oil. I don’t try them all at once…just so you know…
homemade numbing spray (made with peppermint & eucalyptus oil)….Chamomile tea bag… honey rub…swish sage… coconut oil… clove oil cotton ball… salt water… oil pulling (coconut / olive)… garlic… cayenne pepper… aloe vera… rest… turmeric… eat eggs (provide vitamin B12)… eat yogurt… wax cap
The following link gives more suggestions:
Cold sores is a different animal…I get them fairly often so I am really going to work boosting my immunity. I must share that with the last one I tried peppermint essential oil and it really sped up the initial stages and healing process.
Cold sores, or fever blisters, are painful infections caused by the herpes simplex virus.
Although a cold sore infection is generally not serious, it can be a major issue for people with depressed immune systems due to disorders or medications. Even after a cold sore crusts over and heals, the herpes virus remains, and it can cause future outbreaks in the same area of the mouth or face.
1. Eat Immune-Boosting Foods
Probiotic foods like yogurt, apple cider vinegar, kimchi, sauerkraut and natto boost the immune system naturally. (2) Vegetables are also great sources of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that can help you to fight off infections. Try this Immune-Boosting Juice Recipe to keep cold sores at bay.
(You can also find this recipe under the ‘Recipes & Menus’ tab – under Healing Drinks – on the Menu Bar)
2. Supplement with Vitamin E
Vitamin E soothes the skin and may help to relieve pain and discomfort from cold sores. It repairs damaged skin, reduces inflammation and has antioxidant properties.
Vitamin E can be taken as oral capsules, or you can boost your levels with vitamin E-rich foods, such as almonds, spinach, sweet potatoes, avocados, sunflower seeds and olive oil.
3. Supplement with Vitamin C
You can eat vitamin C foods like oranges, red peppers, green peppers, kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, strawberries, grapefruit and kiwi.
4. Boost Your Zinc Intake
Zinc is an essential trace mineral needed to maintain health, reduce inflammation and boost immunity. It’s usually available in various forms, including lozenges, syrups, gels and capsules.
You can get zinc with certain foods, including grass-fed beef, chickpeas, cashews, pumpkin seeds yogurt, chicken, turkey, eggs, salmon and mushrooms.
5. Take L-lysine
6. Use Sunscreen
Direct sunlight or sunburns may trigger an attack, so using sunscreen or avoiding heavy sun exposure which can be done with a SPF lip balm.