I have 3 cold sores on my bottom lip.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have 3 cold sores on my bottom lip. What may be causing them and how can I get rid of them?” — Kathleen G., Erie, PA
A. Dear Kathleen, Cold sores often pop up during or after a stressful event. That’s because stress causes damage to the cells in your body and weakens your immune defenses. This is important when you’re dealing with viral intruders that use the cells to replicate. In the same way that having a good, solid foundation for your home helps it weather storms, strong cells repel viruses.
You may want to consider nutrients, such as: elderberry, vitamins A, C and D, along with calcium, magnesium, zinc, and bioflavonoids, to help keep your immune system strong throughout the year, and – in higher dosages – give your immune system an additional boost. All of these ingredients have antiviral, antibacterial, or immune-supportive properties. I suggest taking these nutrients on a daily basis for maintenance, and up to three times daily when your immune systems needs an additional boost.
I also recommend adding calcium lactate to your daily regimen to helps fight virus-caused irritations like cold sores, as well as fever blisters. I have found that both types of sores heal extremely well and quickly when you maintain a higher level of calcium. While more well-known for its ability to protect bones, calcium also protects soft tissue from conditions such as rashes, sun burn, fever blisters, cold sores and cold and flu. I recommend taking 80-250 mgs of calcium lactate, along with 8-50 mg of magnesium and 1-6 mg of zinc daily to help heal cold sores, fever blisters, and canker sores.
When it comes to boosting the immune system, I also like to turn to concentrated plant oils. These plant oils can be used to give your body the extra immune strengthening it needs. I would recommend Ravintsara, Myrtle, Thyme, and Bay Laurel oils to help stop viruses and shore up the immune system. Make sure to choose concentrated plant oils that are approved for internal use. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.
Terry . . . Naturally