Number-one thing that will cause herpes simplex virus and cold sores is too much stress, number two here is really excess exposure to sunlight, if you get way too much sunlight you’re getting burnt on the hair around your lips and face a lot, that can contribute definitely, not a main cause though. Number three, a weakened immune system, this is the second biggest thing along with stress is a weakened immunity, if your immune system is just really worn down, your body can’t fight off viruses, here’s the thing to know all of us have different viruses in our body even right now we have parasites, we have viruses, bad bacteria, we are created to have those within us that’s normal but it’s when our bodies get too weak to fight it off that we really get sick, so again a lot of times people say we’ll need to go and treat this herpes simplex virus, you don’t need to treat it, your body heals itself, your body will kill it….you just need to work on supporting your body and strengthen your body to not get cold sores. Hormone fluctuations can contribute as can fatigue there as well as not getting enough sleep in addition to stress, definitely some big things that can cause cold sores.
So let’s talk about natural cold sore treatments, remedies and supplements.
Number one, eat immune boosting foods, now immune boosting foods are going to be lots of vegetables, fruits and especially herbs and you know medicinal mushrooms in ancient chinese medicine were often used to strengthen the immune system, shiitake reishi mushrooms maitake, so doing like a mushroom in a broth soup, more like chicken broth, you know when somebody got sick and in ancient china, they would consume chicken broth with lots of veggies along with it and they would do like a ginger tea right, so that’s what they would do to boost the immune system. We know garlic and onions are very supportive, the immune system needs the herb ginger, also chicken as I mentioned but lots of vegetables especially some citrus fruits like lemon, those things are all gonna help strengthen the immune system and help you kill off this cold sore.