ZAP Cold Sores and Fever Blisters

My youngest son has struggled with cold sores/fever blisters (not going to debate the difference today) for close to as long as the child has lived.

Finally, we have found a natural remedy that’s worked for about a year now!

To prevent the cold sores/fever blisters: He takes L-Lysine (1,000 mg) every night.  (This is an amino acid)

To treat a cold sore/fever blister (as they do occasionally still find a way to surface when he’s stressed — even happy stress, which makes for memorable Christmas pictures :)): We apply Thieves Essential Oil (from Young Living Oils) or Immune Strength Essential Oil (from Rocky Mountain Oils).  They both work very well (Rocky Mountain Oils cost quite a bit less).  We will apply 2-3 times a day for 2 days.  If we catch the blister early, the oils keep it from festering.  Otherwise, they work well to dry it up quickly.  In that case, we will apply a natural, herbal salve such as Miracle from Beeyoutiful to heal the dried-up sore (I will soon post my recipe for making your own herbal salve for much less money).

WARNING:  The oils are hot and will burn slightly if skin is sensitive.  I’d recommend mixing at least 3:1 (olive oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, etc. to essential oil) and placing it directly on the sore vs. the skin around the sore.  My son prefers the essential oil full strength.  However, take note that this child once sat on cactus to “see if it would shoot its spikes into [his] hiney.”  It did.  He also purposefully fell from the top of my husband’s truck to imitate a cowboy being shot off a mountain.  Not sure if all cowboys break a foot during a fall-off-the-mountain-shootout.  Mine did.

As always, I’m definitely not a doctor.  This is simply what has worked for my family.  See my disclaimer: Living Life Healthy

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