I am taking a moment out of my day to talk about a very unpleasant subject – cold sores. Once you are gifted with the virus that causes them, you never really know when they are going to surprise you, but too much sun OR stress can trigger an outbreak for me. This is January, and one of my roles is bookkeeper – for three different companies – so I guess that explains the stress.
I rarely get cold sores on my lip like this latest one, lucky me, I tend to get them in larger patches anywhere on the lower half of my face (areas where I suffered sun poisoning 34 years ago after moving to Colorado and getting too much spring skiing sun).
I can arrest an outbreak with Abreva, but it is expensive, and I didn’t have any on hand when I woke up on Monday morning with that horrible telltale itchy, burny throbbing. Considering the size of the initial blister, I am pretty sure that treating it naturally has resulted in the best possible outcome, the same outcome I would have had with the OTC ointment.
I made my own blend of essential oils (see the caption in my photo), but you can buy a pre-mix easily enough. I am not going to share the “recipe” or name here because I don’t want to get a cease and desist order from the multi-level marketing oil company that had the nerve to trademark a name that has been around for over 800 years and who sends their lawyers swooping in on any website that uses the name these days.
IT STUNG LIKE YOU WOULDN’T BELIEVE but it was worth it. I used the straight oil blend on a cotton swab, 4-5 times per day.
Now that the blistering is over, along with the threat of spreading, it just needs to heal up. I recommend and am using castor oil now, to keep it moist, prevent infection, and speed the final healing. I have a hotel reservation in just 48 hours (most of my deadlines will be past then, thank goodness), and grand-angels and an indoor swimming pool were a big part of our agenda … I am praying and hoping against hope that it will heal enough before then so I can still join them in the pool… I will let you know how it all turns out, but I do have a lot of faith in the power of castor oil as an aid for healing.
I googled this subject once before and not a lot came up, so I figured the least I could do is share this tip and my experience with it.
Bring on February ~ GO BRONCOS!