Bee products can help heal cold sores quickly, naturally and effectively
90% of Americans get a cold sore at least once in their life; 40% experience recurring cold sores.
While a cold sore is not a serious viral blister (which usually appears on the lips) it is highly contagious, especially until it becomes scabbed. Reasons for developing a cold sore include high stress levels, fatigue, and a weak immune system.
When it comes to treatments, the trick is to use virus-fighting substances, as antibacterial solutions won’t work. It is also important to consume immune-boosting products — and what better natural remedies to use than the following bee products?
Propolis: The Wonder Bee Glue
Propolis is a waxy substance which bees actually use to make and repair their hives. What’s interesting is that they are also the ones who produce this resinous mixture from substances collected from plants and buds. The reason why many refer to it as the wonder bee product is because scientists were able to identify 300 different compounds in it, most of them with healing properties. According to studies, the majority of these compounds are different forms of polyphenols — an antioxidant that helps fight off diseases and repairs damage in the body.
With just a few drops a day, one’s cold sore will be history in no time. Additionally, what’s also great about propolis is that its regular usage boosts one’s immune system, which in turn reduces the chances of developing another cold sore. It can be consumed with tea or other complementary natural remedies, like diluted lemongrass extract or mint lemonade.
Beeswax: A Topical Remedy
Unlike propolis, which is to be consumed, beeswax is a topical natural remedy that is meant to be applied on the affected area. As the name reveals, it is produced by honeybees, and is a dense, gooey substance with amazing healing powers.
One of its most beneficial properties is its anti-inflammatory characteristics. Cold sores can get quite inflamed and painful; however, the good news is that dabbing just a little beeswax on it can alleviate the pain in minutes. Besides reducing inflammation, it also helps the skin lock in moisture and makes the skin feel less irritated. Applying beeswax 2 or more times a day will help with the inconvenience of dealing with a cold sore, which can be expected to go away completely after about a week of regular beeswax usage.
Honey: The Ancient Miracle Medicine
Honey has been used as a natural remedy for centuries and remains one of the most-loved natural healing substances. One of its main healing properties is referred to as the immunomodulatory property, which in essence refers to its role in wound repair, i.e. cell regeneration.
Another interesting power of honey is its ability to create a protective layer and prevent further infections. So, in reality, honey is the substance that can stop a cold sore from getting any worse. Whether you eat it or dab it on the sore, just make sure you use it regularly, ideally daily.
Cold sores are a common occurrence, especially during the colder months. Some people experience them on a regular basis, while others may get one only once a year. To treat or prevent their emergence, make sure not to skip your daily bee products.
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