5 Best Cold Sore (herpes simplex) Remedies

5 Best Cold Sore Remedies

If you are among the unlucky 25% of population who has problems with repeating cold sores then I’m sure you are looking for some remedies. It is good to know that it is possible to cure cold sores and even there is still no miracle cure that will completely destroy them, there are many remedies that can help you extremely. Either you will have much cold sores much less often or if it already appears it will be gone much sooner, without pain and witch much lesser negative impact on your look.
What is cold sore? Cold sores are small (well sometimes not so small) blisters that develop on the lips or around them. 80% of adult population is infected with the virus herpes simplex (HSV-1) that causes them and 25% of population has cold sores repeatedly. Sometimes it can be even caused by virus HSV- 2 (genital herpes) then you got infected from oral sex.
Most likely you are infected with the virus since childhood and the moment you get infected is usually not noticeable. Virus then stays deep in facial nerves and it inactive. Virus is waiting and if you have “good” immunity you will not have problem with it ever again, but if you are in those 25% it is usual to have cold sore 2 times a year, but there are even persons who have cold sore 10 times year. Virus is simply waiting and when your immune system is not strong it strikes and causes the cold sores.
Cold sore starts with strange feeling in the place where it starts, it can be itching, burning sensation, tingling. Then it starts to grow which takes 1-2 days and then appears fluid filled sores. This is usually most painful part, especially when the blisters starts to break. After the blisters break crust forms over the area of resulting sores. Without any treatment this whole process takes about 10-14 days and is very unpleasant for the patient, both because it can be painful and also because lips are something you cannot hide and cold sores are really not looking good which is damaging social life also.
As I mentioned before, there are products now that has the ability to sometimes completely stop the cold sore from developing or at least help you a lot with pain, cover it and make the whole process much faster. Here are the 5 best cold sore remedies.

1. Protect your lips with sunscreen

Many people does not know this, but sometimes the sun in the reason why cold sore develops. There are special sunscreen designed just for the lips. You need one that has protection factor higher than 15. Of course this does not work when cold sore already started to develop, but is great precaution if you think your cold sores might be caused by sun This is my favorite and very popular.

 

2. Propolis

Propolis (bee propolis) is product created by bees which has some really amazing abilites. Study shows that propolis works against HSV-1 herpes virus. It is believed that it is preventing the virus from entering cells and that it blocks the replication and spread of the HSV-1 virus. As every cold core remedy, the earlier you use it, the better. sometimes when you act really fast you can almost completely stop development of the cold sore.

 

3. Lemon Balm

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is herb that usually is used as anti-stress and anti-anxiety herb, but it has another great use. Lemon has antiviral properties and because HSV-1 is virus, it works on cold sores. There are few studies that shows that lemon balm is working on cold sores and that it is also good against HSV-2 that causes genital herpes. This is really awesome product with great reviews all over the web that contains lemon balm.

 

4. Zovirax (acyclovir)

This one is very well known and lot of people says it does not work. well, it does work, but it is important to use it really very very fast. Then it really helps to reduce HSV-1 in your lip and it either completely stops the cold sore from developing or it is much smaller. It contains 5% acyclovir oitment which prevents HSV-1 from reproducing itself. When your cold sore is developed, then it is quite useless I would say.

 

5. Lysine

Many people says that taking Lysine works as precaution so if you will take Lysine daily, you will not have problems with cold sores or you will have them much less often. how does it work? As we already know, herpes virus is normally inactive waiting in the facial nerve roots and only sometimes, when it has opportunity it becomes active. Usually whne your immunity is low, you are under some stress, your lips are damaged from radiation from sun or something similar. Then virus finds it way to the surface through the nerve fibers. This is the moment when you feel tingling, itching or burning in the area of future cold sore. When the virus is on the surface it enters the cells and forces them to produce copies of the virus. In the moment the cell is full of new virus, the controlling virus forces the cell to die and the cell this way spills huge amount of new virus. What we call a cold sore are actually millions of those death cells. Well, now you probably ask, what does this have to do with Lysine, right?

When the cell is in the process of building new virus, it uses Arginine, which is very common and very simple amino acid. Arginine is very important and every such cell has special “storage” where Arginin is. Now comes Lysine into play. Lysine is also amino acid and one very similar to Arginin and cells uses the same “storage” for them both. If there is more Lysine, there is less space for Arginin. Well, even Lysine is very similar to Arginin, it is not the same and cell just cannot use Lysine to build virus. This way one cell cannot create so much virus and this can stop or reduce cold sore from developing.

as you can see there two ways now. You can either eat less food that contains Arginin, those are nuts and chocolate, or you can eat more food with Lysine, which is in most vegetables, yoghurt, cheese, fish. If you have problems eating enough food with Lysine, you can always use supplements with Lysine. Usually 500-1000 milligrams a day should be enough.

When cold sore is already developed

Sometimes you are just not fast enough or little cold sore develops even when you use above remedies. Then you need something to speed up the healing process and something what will make the cold sore look better and help with the pain also. I have had problems with cold sores for so many years and always been looking only for something what will stop them from developing, but few days ago I have found something what helps a lot to speed up healing process, makes the cold sore look much less “ugly” and also gives you good feeling on your lip. It is probably not product that is available worldwide, but I know what ingredients it has.

It is lip regeneration ointment that contains camphor and chamomile so maybe you will find something with similar ingredients. To me it works just perfectly. Maybe something like this will work for you also.

9 Amazing Home Remedies For Dry Skin

9 home remedies for dry skin

Dry skin is very common and especially now in winter many of us has this problem. I have problems with dry skin last few years every winter, so I have decided to find and try the best home remedies for dry skin. These of course works not only if you have dry skin because of winter, but also if you have problems with this because of your skin type or because you live in area where is just too much sunlight. I have personally tried most of the home remedies you can find in this article, so I’m sure they works and they will work for you as well. I have made 10 points to make this article more easy to read, but it does not mean that number one os best and number ten is worst, they are pretty much all equal, even there are of course many differences, so you have to find those that are best for you, because of course we all different and everyone has different skin.

Never use any facial oil or moisturizer on a dirty face and always clean your face before applying something like this on your skin. Clean your face first! If you use it on dirty skin, you only help all that bad stuff

1. Coconut Milk

Dry skin remedies

I would like to start with my favorite and that is coconut milk. Even it is now known that coconut milk will probably not help you to lose weight when taken internally, it can help you moisturize your skin if taken topically.  Rub coconut milk on places where you have problems with dry skin and leave it there for whole night. When you wake up, you will be surprised how soft your skin is.

2. Soda

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Probably everyone should have some baking soda at home, because there are so many ways you can use it at your home. Not many people knows it, but you can use it in fact also on your dry skin. you can either add one cup of baking soda while taking bath, or just create mixture of soda and water and apply this to dry areas.

3. Avocado

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Avocado is another natures product that can help you in fight with dry skin. Grab some avocados and mash them until you have really smooth paste. When you create this homemade face mask, apply it on your face and leave it there for at least 20 minutes. After 20 minutes on your face, rinse it with warm water, but then use really cold water also. Cold water will close up your poeres and your skin will stay moisturized.

4. Vinegar

Do not use classic vinegar for this, much better will be apple cider vinegar. Just add vinegar to your bath, it might smell bad, but is really helpful. I recommend this one which I have great experience with.

5. Oils

Olive oil

Oils are something what have people been using as moisturizer for ages and of course it still works and best of all it is 100% natural and very cheap. You can use many kinds of oils, best is probably olive oil, but also coconut oil, sesame oil, jojoba oil or even almond oil. Before you go to bath or shower, massage into your skin some of these oils. When you are done with your shower or bath, use only light moisturizer and you are done.

6. Banana

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This is another home remedy for dry skin I just love, because I love bananas, their taste and their smell. Well, bananas are not only good as food, but are also perfect moisturizers.  For your home made banana face moisturizing mask you need only 1/4 of ripe banana, tablespoon of quality honey and 1/2 cup of bio quality natural yogurt. Mix it all up and use on your face. Rinse it with warm water and then with cold water.

7. Honey

honey skin moisturizer

In previous home remedy we already used honey and now we gonna use it again, because it is simply great moisturizer. If you like natural products and home remedies you probably know how amazing things can bee products do and honey is something really amazing. Honey is not only moisturizer, but has also many other positive effects on your skin. High quality 100% natural honey has many anti-microbial and also anti-oxidant properties which are great for your skin and overall health. If you want to enjoy full health benefits of honey, it is extremely important to use only high quality ones and those are usually not those in your local store. I just love this honey, it’s 100% organic and certified.

Use two warm teaspoons of honey on dry areas of your skin and leave it there for 15 minutes. Then rinse it or let someone to lick it from your skin. No just kiddin, rinse it 🙂

8. Amazing Homemade Moisturizing Oil

2 ounces of quality olive oil ( you can also use coconut oil, sesame oil, jojoba oil, almond oil or mix few). Optional: add 1/4 softened cocoa or quality shea butter, 1 tablespoon of natural bio quality ground oatmeal, 1 teaspoon of rosewater and  2 inches of quality aloe ( should be skinned and pureed). Mix everything in your food processor, add 1/4 teaspoon ascorbic acid as a preserving agent if adding aloe and oatmeal (ascorbid acid is vitamin C and it is used by many companies as preservant). This mixture should be stored in refrigerator so you can use it multiple times.

9. Homemade Moisturizing Spray

This is something really great, especially for summer. There is nothing better than cooling, refreshing and moisturizing spray on your face i hot summer day. Full recipe is here.

 

Excercise Against Cellulite

With so many cases of obese people having cellulite in their body, most of them believed that their cellulite are caused by being too fat.

Even though not all those who are obese develop cellulite, being overweight can really trigger the development of cellulite. This is because too much fat under the skin tend to push the connective tissue creating a strain on the skin. Thus, cellulite form.

However, this is still dependent on the structure of the cells. If an individual’s cell structure does not inhibit the tendency to bulge or expand even if fat deposits accumulate, then there will be no cellulite.

So, the most important thing to remember here is to keep those connective tissues firm and strong and avoid accumulating excess fats so as to avoid the development of cellulite.

How? Start an exercise routine program.

Transforming food into fat seems all too easy for most of us. Losing fat is far more difficult, and to accomplish this, we have only three alternatives:

(1) decrease food intake and keep activity constant;

(2) increase activity and keep food intake constant;

or

(3) combine both approaches: diet and exercise.

Physical activity can help reverse the results of inactivity. An hour of vigorous exercise burns up 300 to 600 calories. If you also cut 300 to 500 calories from your daily menu, you can also lose weight at the rate of one to two pounds a week.

Without exercise, you would have to eat 500 to 1,000 fewer calories a day to lose the same number of pounds in a week. Exercise is not for everyone who is over-fat, however. The severely obese person should exercise only under medical supervision to prevent strain on the cardiovascular system and connective tissue. And no one should restrict food intake drastically without consulting doctor.

Resorting to this kind of activity will only get the matter worse.

For people who are prone to cellulites, this will be a greater problem. Losing connective tissues instead of fat by strict dieting can only make the skin more prone to greater problems but the fat cells are still there. That only means that the problem is not solved at all.

Hence, if you wish to loose those cellulites, it would be better to loose those fats first. The idea here is to burn those fats by increasing your metabolism by 7.5% to 28% more than your normal rate.

It is for this reason that exercising is an important factor in losing cellulite. So for a more cellulite free body, always engage in an exercise routine.