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Tea Tree Oil

Strong smell. For topical application only. Has been found to decrease the duration of an outbreak and size of cold sore.


Organic 100% Vanilla

It is used to decrease the inflammation (pain) and duration of a herpes outbreak.


Vitamin B-12

Research out of England has shown that many people with cold sores were low in Vitamin B-12. Researchers suggested taking B Complex supplements and extra B-12. Low B-12 can also contribute to memory problems.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E has been found to decrease the duration and discomfort of cold sores.

Fink M, et al. "Treatment of herpes simplex by alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E)." Br Dent J. 1980;148:246

Vodka

Dab some on your cold sores or other types of  alcohol as it is thought to deactivate viruses.


Witch Hazel

Dab on with a cotton ball or Q-tip as soon as you feel a cold sore is coming. It could prevent an outbreak or decrease the size and duration of the cold sore.

Zinc Sulfate - Zinc Oxide
In the study “Herpes genitalis - topical zinc sulfate: An alternative therapeutic and modality”, z
inc sulfate has been shown to be helpful when applied topically to a lesion minimizing both the severity and the duration of the outbreak. It can also act as a preventative. It’s direct effect is likely due to an ability to inhibit replication. Zinc oxide is also used, but it is not as easily absorbed. It’s great as a sun blocker and very soothing. Available in tube or cream.


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