Cold Sores

Any remedies people swear by or any particular foods I should be consuming/avoiding?

I have been under a lot of stress over the past week and my mouth is developing some nasty cold sores (top and bottom lip and around!) I am still in the transition to raw so I am making a simple hot borscht this evening as I heard beetroot is good for these kinds of thing.


  • Dabbing a little bit of lavender oil on cold sores will help them go away faster.

  • I have been plagued with coldsores as long as I can remember. I had 3 in six months before I went raw. Haven’t had one since raw, blessed be. (i keep a coldsore diary, so what?)

    When i used to get coldsores I would take about 3000-6000 mg (not a typo) of l-lysine a day at the first sign of a tingle of a hint that I was getting one.

    My mom used to give it to me when I was a kid, too. It dramatically shortens the lifespan and severity of the coldsore. For example, a sore would usually last a week and be the size of a dime, with lysine it would last three days and be the size of a pea.

    I don’t know how raw it is but the bottle I have at home says it’s vegan.

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