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Peppermint Oil cold sore remedy

Life-long coldsore sufferer here. I have tried countless remedies but this one has proved most effective and efficient of all. Healing time of 12-24hrs if started at first tingle! 24-36hr if treatment is started later. Just a few tips that have gotten my coldsores down to one every 12-14 months. First, taking a daily lysine supplement of 1000mg as a prevention method has be very helpful. The coldsore virus feeds of the amino acid, arginine, and taking lysine balances out the body's arginine:lysine ratio. Additionally, google what foods are high in lysine and arginine and become a smarter eater. Avoid foods that are high in arginine if you cannot balance out the ratio with foods that are high in lysine. Your body also is prone to an outbreak if it is more acidic. Again, research foods that can help put your body in an alkaline state. Here is my coldsore kit that I have at work, home, car, travel bag. Abreva, peppermint oil, cotton swabs, lysine pills, burts bees chapstick. This treatment is for adults only! Peppermint oil for kids is not advised due to their bodies not being fully developed to handle the oil and menthol.

Treatment:

1) At first sign of tingle immediately put abreva on the coldsore. Keep applying until you can get access to peppermint oil. If you have peppermint oil, you may skip the abreva. Once you have the peppermint oil, apply a dab and press into the sore. After the peppermint oil is applied you no longer need abreva, it just stops the spread to other cells. The peppermint oil is an anti viral that has been proven to destroy 80-90% of the virus. Dab on around 5 times a day (Morning after brushing teeth, after lunch, mid day, after dinner, before bed). Careful not to get it in your mouth as it is potent and will taste terrible, also make sure you have no allergies.
2) At first sign of tingle also take 4000mg of lysine then 2000 more mg throughout the day. Keep this dosage for 2 days then slowly ween off it.
3) Apply burt bees to chapped lipped during treatment, if needed
4) Avoid foods high in arginine! I cannot stress this enough. No coffee (sorry!), nuts, processed foods.
5) Eat foods high in lysine! Bacon (makes up for coffee), spinach or any other dark, leafy green, chicken.
6) As I mentioned, this should make your cold sore disappear in a day or two. The quicker you can start, the shorter the healing time.

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