According to some statistics, even two-thirds of the world population under the age of 50 suffer from cold sores, caused by the HSV-1 virus. Moreover, the World Health Organization claim that 3.7 billion people are dealing with this chronic condition.
In America, men are less affected by this virus with 39%, while women with 49%. On the other hand, In Europe these percents are higher, 69% of women and 61% of men.
Here are some of the main causes why cold sore outbreaks appear:
- Strong sunlight
- Stress or emotional upset
- Weak immune system
- High temperature (fever)
- General illness
- Trauma to the affected area
- Another infection
Doctors from Mayo Clinic claim that cold sores will disappear completely just after 2-4 weeks.
In order to soothe this issue as well as to accelerate the healing process of cold sores, try this homemade remedy lip balm.
Shea Butter Lip Balm (by Scratch Mommy)
- 1 ounce Shea butter
- 1 ounce beeswax
- 1 ounce coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 15- 20 drops essential oil (lemon balm, orange, chamomile, or lavender)
Put a medium pot half-way filled with water on the stove over medium heat. Then, place smaller pot inside this one in order to create double boiler.
After that, add the Shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil to the small pat in order to melt them.
Once melted, remove them from the heat and add the honey and the essential oil. Mix all the ingredients once again and transfer the liquid to small chapstick tubes or tins. Let the mixture cool down for at least one hour.
Healing Cold Sore Balm (The Nerdy Farm Wife)
- 4 tablespoons lemon balm infused oil
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- ½ tablespoon tamanu oil
- ½ tablespoon castor oil
- 2 tablespoons beeswax
- 1 tablespoon Shea butter or mango butter
- 15 drops tea tree oil
- 25 drops peppermint essential oil
- 2 drops clove bud oil
First of all, start preparing the lemon balm infused oil.
Lemon Balm Infused Oil
Take a heat proof jar and fill one quarter of it with crumbled dried lemon balm leaves. Next, add the olive or sunflower oil to fill the jar up to the top.
After that, fill a saucepan with several inches of water and then place the jar in it. Heat it over medium-low heat for 4 hours. Once infused, strain the liquid and pour it in a dark jar. Store the jar in a cool place for one year.
First of all, put all the needed ingredients in a heat proof container. After that, fill a saucepan with several inches of water and place the container inside it. put it over medium-low heat in order to melt the butter and the wax. Once melted, stir them well and in the end pour the liquid into individual containers, caps and store it.