How to Get Rid of Cold Sores Naturally

If you’re like most people who suffer from cold sores, you probably would love to find a natural way to get rid of them and keep them away. Prescriptions and over the counter creams can be expensive or hard to get on short notice, and may only treat symptoms instead of the cause.

The good news is that there are lots of options you can try to get rid of your cold sores naturally. The less good news is that there are so many options it can be tough to know which will work for you, and really which of them work at all. Fortunately I’ve spent a lot of time exploring the available options, and I’ll share with you what I’ve learned about what works. Obviously any information on here is provided only for informational purposes, and should be tried at your own risk.

Topical Treatments

In my research, I came across many suggestions from people on topical treatments that helped lessen the pain and speed up the healing of their cold sores. Here’s a list of some common options that you can try:

  • Cold compress
  • Warm compress
  • Tea tree oil
  • Zinc
  • Milk
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Rubbing a garlic clove on the cold sore
  • Urine (yes really, though I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to try this one!)
  • Aloe vera
  • Camphophenique
  • White vinegar 2-3 times per day


In addition to topical treatments, you can try internal remedies that may help shorten the duration of the cold sore or prevent it from getting really bad. Here are some common options:

  • Lysine, especially L-Lysine. This one always seemed to help my cold sores if I took a few pills immediately upon starting to notice the tingling feeling. A few times the cold sore never ended up developing if I was fast enough in taking this.
  • Vitamins C, E, and B-12
  • Drinking one tsp of baking soda dissolved in water
  • Herpecin L
  • Licorice- This one is an interesting one. Some studies have shown that an ingredient in licorice called glycyrrhizic acid is extremely good at stopping the cold sore virus. You can try eating some real licorice, but pay attention to what you buy, as most licorice candy in stores isn’t actually true licorice but is just flavored to taste like it. Check the ingredients list for “licorice mass.” If it’s there, that’s real licorice. Don’t overdo it on the licorice though; in too large an amount it can cause serious side effects.

The Natural Product That Worked for Me

Cold Sore Free ForeverAlthough some of the natural products I’ve mentioned in this article can be good for relieving pain and in some cases shortening the life of a cold sore, nothing ever really did the trick for me when it came to preventing cold sores and getting rid of them quickly and completely.

Fortunately, in my research I happened to discover a guide called Cold Sore Free Forever. It’s written by a long-time cold sore sufferer named Derek Shepton who developed a totally unique and natural system for getting rid of cold sores fast and keeping them from coming back.

Since I was desperate to finally get over my cold sore problem, I bought the guide and am so glad I did! I was able to knock out the cold sore I had much quicker than usual, and now it’s been well over a year and I still haven’t had any outbreaks. Since I had them frequently before then, this has been a huge improvement.

I can tell you that Derek’s system is totally unique, and even though it’s totally natural, the ingredients he recommends weren’t ones I ran across anywhere else in all of my research. I have to admit, I thought I had seen it all in my research, but so far Derek’s system has worked wonders for me.

If you’re really eager to get rid of your cold sores, I highly recommend you check it out now!