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I just had to post this -- just didn't know exactly where, so I did it here . . .

 

Read on Daniel's Den that White Licorice might be effective on eradicating cold sores.  I have pesky ones, never had Chicken Pox, so that virus is (supposedly) just rummaging around looking for a place to pop on out.

 

Two days ago, I started to get that itchy, sting, and looked, and the blisters were just starting in the corner of my mouth!  Told my husband, "Take me home, now!"  I mixed White Licorice and Sea Kelp and applied to where the little blisters were starting.  By this time, my skin was throbbing, I knew I was had.  Then, just to be on the safe side, I applied a little Rosehip Oil.  Did the same 2 more times before I went to bed.  The pain was relieved by the time I went to bed.

 

Usually 7 - 10 days for a cold sore, no matter what you do, Abrevia -- L-Lysine, Blistex, whatever.  Next morning, the cold sore was no longer a blister, it was dry and quite happy skin was in it's place!  No scar / no dry skin / not even tender there.  Red is almost gone, and it is not even irritated.

 

Thanks for the great Active and advise!

 

Hannah, I wonder if this would also work on hives?  How about Herpes Complex?

 

                                           

 

 


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propolis was also suggested for cold sores, in a post a month or so ago.  i get 'em too.  made a paste of propolis & liquorice.  stings a bit at first, but seems to head off the sore if i'm quick enough at the first tingle... 

 

also found it speedily helped heal a split lip.  the forced air heat in these crazy old new england homes is so painfully dry, my lip actually cracked open & started bleeding--when i SMILED!  how cruel, right? 

instead of the usual chapstick, i patted my "proporice" on the owie.  gone within 2 days. 

 

i've started using propolis on every minor scrape, hang-nail, paper cut, etc.  i really like it.

 

 

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Proporice!  What a great name for a great recipe!  Brings Sea, Bee, and licorice to mind, I'll remember that one.

 

So many clever people doing clever things . . . Skin Activists!


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Very interested to read Patty's post - how wonderful that you've discovered a treatment for cold sores.

Now - would anyone know whether that blend would be safe for, um, more delicate areas of the body, in relieving the pain and speeding the healing of herpes?

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Anything that works for cold sores would probably work for herpes.  Definitely worth a try! 



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Actually, Cimetidine works better than Zovirax or Valtrex or lysine if you catch it fast enough -- on herpes at both ends, so to speak  -- from the lef.org website:

 

Cimetidine: A Novel Approach

Cimetidine (TagametĀ®), an over-the-counter drug, helps reduce the severity of herpes outbreaks (especially in patients with shingles), as well as reduces the amount of time of active infection. It works by temporarily inhibiting T-suppressor cells. T-suppressor cells down-regulate the immune system after the pathogen has been destroyed. Because of the inhibitory effect on T-suppressor function, cimetidine therapy is contraindicated in patients who have had organ transplants or who have autoimmune disorders (Kumar A 1990).

The following studies appear to demonstrate the effectiveness of cimetidine against herpes:

  • A combined in vitro/in vivo study evaluated the effect of cimetidine on herpes zoster. Treatment with cimetidine shortened the median time to initial pain reduction and to complete resolution of pain. It also promoted more rapid healing of skin lesions than did symptomatic treatment (Miller A et al 1989).
  • In 221 patients with shingles who were given 200 mg of cimetidine three times during the day and 400 mg at night, disease duration was reduced. It was suggested that use of cimetidine should begin even during the prodromal period, the time when the appearance of early symptoms may mark the onset of the condition (Kapinska-Mrowiecka M et al 1996).
  • Patients with herpes labialis (oral lesions) and herpes keratitis (a herpes infection of the eye) showed a shortened duration and frequency of infection after treatment with cimetidine (van der Spuy S et al 1980).
  • A case report in Canada appeared to show that cimetidine therapy reduced the expected length of the active phase of herpes zoster from 35 days to just 10 days (Hayne ST et al 1983).
  • A paper presented at Michigan State University concluded that patients with herpes zoster who were given cimetidine exhibited enhanced immunity (Kumar A 1990).

It works, is cheap, and over-the-counter. Just FYI.

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Thanks, Lili, for that information. I've done lots of web research on it but never heard of Tagamet for treating it. Here in Canada it's a prescription drug. I may have trouble convincing my doctor to prescribe it becauses acyclovir is the only drug used for conventional treatment of herpes.

 

I'm just wondering if it would be safe to apply the actives such as Licorice and Sea Kelp on tender genital areas? A balm would be the best but what to use for the base? Sea kelp? (I'm out of that so can't experiment). Aloe vera gel? I know vitamin E is good for preventing scarring. What about propolis? I may never have another outbreak but I would sure like to be prepared with a healing balm just in case.

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I use my 'Oxy Light' on more tender regions afflicted with herpes and it puts those bugs to sleep!  

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What is Oxy Light?
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I just googled it and it's a high-frequency tool for professional skin care.

I've never heard of it for herpes and they don't mention that in the website - only cosmetic application and acne.

Enhance my complexion and heal my sores too? I'm intrigued.......

Thanks very much. I'll look into it.

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