10 Useful Home Remedies to Cure Cold Sores Faster

Homely remedies for cure cold sores

Lots of people ask, how to get rid of a cold sore rapidly? So don't worry, here we are going to share with you  the most important home remedies for cold sores.

Cold sores result from the herpes simplex virus. The infection is both unsightly and uncomfortable. It is important to get rid of them as fast as possible. Unlike many other viral infections, the cold sore-causing virus does not get flush out from your system. Rather, they sit around waiting for chances of reoccurring. Many people confuse cold sores with canker sores, which is pretty easy to get rid of through home remedies.

Experienced doctors suggest few effective home remedies for cold sore in following paragraphs:


Rubbing alcohol is effective in drying up cold sores and as a result, the viral infection gets healed. Get a 70% solution of alcohol from your neighbourhood chemist shop for the purpose. Medicated alcohol also reduces your chances of the bacterial infection. Now you may be wondering how to apply alcohol in treating your cold sores?

Soak a cotton swab in the 70% alcohol solution and hold this on your cold sores to kill the infection.

Petroleum jelly:

Petroleum jelly is rich in natural emollients. Thus, it works on the cold sores in the exact opposite way to medicated alcohol. The jelly softens up the skin, which otherwise turns irritated because of the viral infection.  Bacterial attack on cold sore makes your cold sores last much longer. When you apply petroleum jelly, it prevents bacterial attack. As a result, your cold sores disappear faster. Apply a thin coat of petroleum jelly directly to the cold sores with clear fingers. You can also apply this moisturizing product several times a day.

Vanilla extract:

Instead of learning what causes cold sores, it’s better to explore the home remedies to cure the problem. Vanilla
adds a rich taste to many dishes but do you know it also possesses powerful anti-viral properties to cure infections like cold sores? Vanilla is also anti-inflammatory and thus proves effective to reduce the pain that results from cold sores. Point to note that artificially synthesised vanilla does not work on cold sores.

Put a few drops of 100 per cent pure vanilla extract on a cotton swab and apply it directly to the cold sores. Repeat this several times a day for faster results.

Oil extracted from the tea tree:

Tea tree oil is a tried and tested cure for cold sores because of its anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, antiseptic properties. It works to dry out the sores pretty fast, thus relieving you both from your discomfort and embarrassment. Take a cotton ball and dab it in tea tree oil. Apply the cotton ball directly to the cold sores for effective result.

Sea salt:

It is likely to sting a little, specially if you’ve sensitive skin. But on the positive stride, sea salt works miracle in reducing your discomfort resulting from cold sores. Sea salt is rich in many minerals, which help reduce inflammation and heal the skin. Prepare a solution by mixing 1 teaspoon of sea salt with 8 ounces of lukewarm water. Stir well to dissolve the salt completely. Then apply it directly to the skin with a cotton swab.

Moreover, you can also rinse your mouth with the solution to cure cold sores in the mouth or at the insides of the lips.


Tea in rich in tannin and proves effective to reduce cold sores. Any variety of tea –be it green, black or white – is helpful for suppressing the viral infection. You can drink tea but the better option is to apply a tea bag directly to your cold sores after it has cooled down a little. Remember a hot tea bag can do more damage. Hold it for at least 5 minutes to ensure faster results.

Witch hazel:

It is a powerful astringent and helps drying out cold sores very fast. However, you better run a litmus test somewhere on your unaffected skin before applying directly to the cold sores. In case your skin reacts to it, then you better should not use it as medication because that will make your condition worse.

Put some witch hazel on a cotton ball and apply it directly to the cold sores at least twice a day.


Licorice is rich in glycyrrhizic acid and thus combats the virus successfully that causes cold sores. Moreover, licorice eases your pain and discomfort. Prepare a mixture by adding one tablespoon of licorice powder or root extract with half teaspoon of petroleum jelly and apply it directly to the affected areas of the skin. Allow the mixture to sit overnight for faster results.


Soak about 1 teaspoon of milk in a cotton ball and gently rub the areas affected with cold sores with it. Perform this at least for 5 minutes every time for desired results.

Peppermint oil:

Peppermint oil kills the cold sore virus. Dab a cotton ball in the oil and apply it directly to the cold sores. However, you should better cleanse the affected area before applying this therapy. If the concentrated liquid is too strong for your skin, you may dilute it with little water.

Follow these tips and in case if you want more information, just feel free to contact us at Clear Skin Clinic. The
clinic is located at Harley Street in central London.
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