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How to Use Garlic to Wipe out Cold Sores in One Fell Swoop

Photo: Stephen Gibson

Photo: Stephen Gibson

Cold sores can range from small to massive. They can be on your lips, near your mouth, or not so near your mouth. Wherever they are, though, and no matter how big or small, cold sores are always painful and ugly.

I have had them on and off for years. Catching a cold or experiencing certain kinds of stress never failed to cause at lease one to make an appearance on my face. Abreva came out some years ago and worked very well for me. The only problem was the price, costing $18 for a very tiny tube.

Once, while at work, an awful cold sore began to appear on my lip. When I reached for my Abreva, I found it was completely empty. At a loss, I remembered garlic was supposed to be a good antiseptic and a holistic treatment for cold sores. In desperation, I gave it a try. The results were amazing.

The garlic stopped the cold sore immediately.

The nasty tingling feeling was gone. I know the simplicity of this method may seem hard to believe, but it works.

How to Wipe out Cold Sores With Garlic

  1. Obtain a large glove of Garlic. Any kind will do.
  2. Crush the clove with the base of a knife or put it into a garlic press, extracting the juices.
  3. Press the crushed garlic gently on the cold sore(s), rubbing the garlic juice into the sore and using new pieces of garlic once the juice is gone. This will sting! (Do not hold the garlic on the blemish for more than a few seconds. Some people have complained of swelling and redness. The cause of this may be that they held it on too long. It is better to have numerous short treatments rather than one long one.)
  4. Rinse and pat with a sterile paper towel or tissue to dry.
  5. If you have honey, dab it on the sore. (Honey is an astringent and has vitamins and minerals that will help the wound heal.)
  6. After a few minutes, rinse and pat with a new paper towel or tissue again to dry.
  7. Repeat these steps twice a day until it is gone. For a small cold sore, this treatment should only require one day to take effect. For a large one, it will take two or three days, for even when the it is dead, the skin damage takes time to heal.

After following these steps, I did not have another cold sore for four years. The garlic seemed to get rid of the virus for an extended period of time. Abreva wiped out my cold sores only temporarily, and I still got them on a regular basis. But after using garlic, I have had only one in five years. Abreva blocks the virus but garlic kills it.

Simple, but effective.

How to Crush Garlic

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


jade123 on July 18, 2019:

try using the following, it helped me take cold sores away in one day. during the day i have applied garlic on my lip that burned a lot must say using earbuds and that night i have applied salt on the lip that dried it out, taking all the liquid out leaving no marks of a cold sore. Its a painful burning time to go through but it definitely works

Makayla on May 12, 2019:

It says not to hold it on for more than a few seconds but I’ll put it on a bandaid and use a scarf or something to keep it on and sleep w it... it helps tremendously!! It’ll sting but it is completely worth it

Sore on September 07, 2018:

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Leighann on May 11, 2018:

Okay, this trick worked perfect the first time then two days later another outbreak. The next day another out break. Then right as the current one is under control I BREAK OUT AGAIN. I'd rather have just dealt with the initial sore than go through this for literally a solid week.

Lola on April 07, 2018:

I used crushed garlic on my big cold sore and left it on the lip a bit too long, also, on a larger area then the sore and now I have a second degree burn on the lip. The garlic helped to shorten the episode for sure. But be ware of the burn and use only on the area and for a short time

Anon on November 22, 2017:

Okay this is amazing, I'm still shocked by how this thing works . I've been battling with coldsore for years ,I was was happy I thought I wasn't going to get it this year . everyday I wake up I literary touch my lips !! But yeah I finally got two days ago ,stumbled on your page yesterday evening .in a nutshell I tried and now my coldsore is almost completely gone, it's not even up to 24hrs

Thanks a lot for sharing this

Jo Miller from Tennessee on January 04, 2017:

Good morning, Faye. Just saw this article you wrote some time ago. I have had cold sores most of my life and never found much that would help until a friend told me many years ago about L-Lysine. It's in the B vitamin family. I always keep it on hand and it works wonderfully well for me. As soon as I feel the first tingle of a cold sore I take just one of those pills and it is gone. It may not work for every one but it always has for me.

Tony on December 28, 2016:

Just started to have one today, I usually get them once to twice per year. I've never tried garlic until today, I cut a fresh garlic and dabbed the juice and held it for about 30-40 seconds, it stung but not as bad as I thought, maybe I need to do it longer. I did take about 5000mg of lysine. I normally take 500mg/day. As soon as I took the lysine it seemed to stop it from getting bigger, I had not done this before. Not sure how much the garlic will help, but before I used the garlic I did not really have any pain at all and now it feels more like it's there? I hope I did not make it worse... I really do hope it works. Thanks for posting!

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on December 20, 2016:

That is GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!

frequentlylurker on December 19, 2016:

Just wanted to update that the garlic seemed to work for me! My entire mouth was tingly and itchy, and I could see what appeared to be cold sore patches forming, but with applying garlic a few times a day for several days the sores never fully emerged! I've been back to normal for a few days now. Next time I feel an attack coming on I'll do this again, for sure.

frequentlylurker on December 13, 2016:

I've been a sufferer since I was a little kid, but the past year and a half have been my worst ever. Last summer, two weeks into a brand new, customer service job, I got the most unsightly, swollen, painful cold sore I've had in my life. It was like I had an allergic reaction, and I could barely talk with how swollen my entire upper lip had become. Needless to say, I felt humiliated at my new job and after that ordeal started doing a lot of searching about cold sore cures to prevent that from ever happening again.

After that, I had a good run with no new sores (about a year), but this summer I had another breakout. I tried Lysine, vanilla extract, and ice that time around, and the outbreak wasn't too bad. I thought I would be done for the year after that (I've usually gotten about 1 a year), but in November I had another breakout. This time around I again took lots of Lysine, and bought Abreva (so expensive!). This outbreak didn't seem to heal too quickly and so I've decided that Lysine doesn't work for me and won't buy that again since it's not cheap. I don't think the abreva did anything either. And a new problem with that outbreak was that towards the end, it would bleed daily! Once I was on a long flight and it randomly started gushing after I smiled a bit too wide. So embarrassing.

Anyway, fast forward to present time. My lips have felt extremely dry and itchy for 2-3 days now. I can tell a cold sore is trying to pop out and if it does, I think it's going to be bad (like ALL over my mouth). This time around I'm LIBERALLY applying ice, am trying out garlic for the first time, and using blistex to keep things moisturized (chapped lips are either a trigger or an early symptom for me, I haven't figure out which yet). After quite a bit of ice and one garlic application to the most troubling spots, my lips feel pretty good, but time will tell...

Anyway, I'll try to update with how things go!

Depressed123 on December 12, 2016:

The cold sore took 7 days to completely heal but I think because of the garlic and honey it remained small and less noticeable. And 7 days is still better than the 10 it used to take so I am still grateful. The only thing I want to add is about the coconut oil. It really helped me when the cold sore got to that dry stage. My scab didn't ripe off once or the sore start to bleed at all while using the coconut oil (cold pressed). I think it may have helped with healing time and definitely made the whole episode a bit more tolerable.

I love this page. I keep returning here for ideas each time I have a cold sore. I've been averaging one every year or so. Any additional advise Daughterson? I'd love to be Cold sore free for years at a time like you.

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on December 09, 2016:

I am so happy that the garlic treatment helped you. I used to get cold sores all the time and you are right the weepy yellow stage made me want to stay at home. I haven't had a cold sore in years.

Depressed123 on December 09, 2016:

Well, i've been using the garlic and honey morning and evening and then zovirax during the day when I'm at work. It's now the beginning of day 5 and I'm at that dry itchy stage. It didn't get any bigger than it was on Monday morning thank God. I've started to put a little cold pressed coconut oil on it to help with the dryness. Hoping it resolves soon.

Ps. I didn't have to suffer through that weepy yellow stage so for that I am grateful. I think the garlic and honey helped with that as before when I was only using the cream I would always have to suffer through this awkward, ugly, painful stage. Thank you for sharing this remedy. I really believe it has helped me tremendously.

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on December 06, 2016:


Depressed123 on December 05, 2016:

I woke up this morning to find a pesky cold sore under my nose. I have been using zovirax throughout the day but I am going home to use honey and garlic this evening as it continues to be itchy. I guess I can use the garlic/honey combo morning and evening and the cream throughout the day. My last cold sore was about 14 months ago so I guess its not so bad.

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on October 22, 2016:


Thank you for sharing. I didn't know food was a trigger -- its a good thing you do!

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on October 22, 2016:

Hi justMe

I have had maybe three or four cold sores when I have had a cold with a runny nose. Otherwise no cold sores. I did use the same treatment and it still worked for me.

MissLaura1987 on October 22, 2016:

I've been using garlic for my cold sores for well over ten years now! It has been the only thing that gives me any relief and speed up healing tremendously. I figured out my trigger was my favorite fruit, mango, so I haven't had an outbreak for years until now because, like I said, it's been years, and i just couldn't resist eating one when I saw fresh mangos on sale the other day... So here I am suffering again! Anyway, I immediately used garlic at the first tingle and I'm on day two and you can barely tell that I have blisters because there is barely any swelling or redness. The honey part is new for me, and considering I just picked up some local honey last week, I figured it would be perfect! So far so good and I feel like it's almost gone already and just starting day two! I didn't see ANY articles on garlic and cold sores years ago, so I was curious to see if anything was online about it nowadays... And lo and behold there are tons!! I just wanted to share my testimony also (: garlic is amazing. I heard it helps prevent cancer also!!

justMe on July 21, 2016:

Hi there, I was wondering, it seems to be your post began about 6 years ago. How are your cold sores now? Have you been still using garlic and honey?

Peace on July 03, 2016:

Garlic works wonders for any skin conditions and it works for cold sores and all types of Herpes.

For those who do not have success with garlic paste, lemon balm/Melissa Officinalis oil is another alternative, it is as effective as or even more effective than garlic for herpes of any type. But it costs a fortune. Garlic costs 1 dollar for 3 bulbs and melissa Officinalis costs around $70 for 1/6 to 1/8 of an OZ, $350 to $420 for 1 OZ. The cheaper brands are not pure or diluted and do not work. It should be pure and undiluted in order to work. If it is pure it is expensive. When you buy essential oils, buy it from a trusted source - Melissa oil has been adulterated due to its high cost.

1/6 of an OZ goes a long way. One drop is good enough per application and applying two three times per day for 3 days clears the cold sore and this cures the cold sore, there is little chance for recurrence unless one gets reinfected. But there is no guarantee, everything does not work for everybody all the time. The first application kills the virus, but it is recommended to continue treatment until the infections is cleared. Dr. Dietrcih Webner a professor at the University of Munich, stated that: a single application of Melissa may lead to a complete remission of the the disease.

Michael on June 22, 2016:

used the garlic and honey method and it seems to have worked. the only issue now is that the garlic seems to have burned the skin around the sore. any methods for healing the redness faster?

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on February 07, 2016:

Thank God for garlic!!!!

melobeanz on February 06, 2016:

ive been dealing with cold sores since i was a child. it fricken sucks! i started using garlic cloves about a year ago and it works fantastic for me. im currently suffering from one of the worst one yet. i usually get cold sores on my lip and in one whole blister but now it is in the corner on my face! and it has about 8 fricken blisters. ew ew ew. so uncomfortable. i didnt have any garlic cloves but i had minced garlic in the fridge so i popped a q-tip in there and gently pressed on cold sore - left on a few minutes. it stung like hell so i guess that means its working. sooo minced garlic does indeed work just as well as cloved garlic

Kay on November 19, 2015:

I last posted here 22 months ago. I have been cold sore free since then. I am now battling a threatening cold sore eruption. It has not erupted yet, but it has been on the verge of doing so for 3 days. I can tell that if left alone, it would develop into my worse cold sore yet. My entire bottom lip appears to be affected. Usually I've only had one or two small blister sites. Now, I have more than I can count. I have been using raw garlic, ice and boosting my immune system with vitamins. This has been keeping the cold sore at bay but I can tell the second I stop, it will be a monster. Garlic has an immediate effect in that it actually reduces swelling and causes the blisters to completely disappear temporarily. But they keep coming back. This has never happened before. Usually, I apply garlic for one or two days and it vanishes never to return. I don't how long this will last. Trying to keep an eruption from happening is becoming as stressful as actually dealing with a sore that has erupted.

Depressed123 on October 11, 2015:

Just checking back in to give an update. The cold sore hung around for a full 6 days but it didnt get much bigger than it was when I applied the garlic the first time. It also didnt go through that ugly weepy yellow crust phase. Overall, I think the garlic and the honey helped to keep it smaller and less noticable though the area was a little dry. I still find using this little remedy very useful. Thanks again.

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on September 29, 2015:

Great to hear that Depressed123

Depressed123 on September 28, 2015:

thanks, lol. the first application of the garlic has stopped the itching thankfully. The cold sore doesnt seem to be getting much bigger either so thats awesome. Hopefully it will all resolve soon.

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on September 28, 2015:

Good Luck! Let me know how it goes.

Depressed123 on September 28, 2015:

So....i'm back here after roughly 2 years without a cold sore which is a pretty long time for me. Since the last time ive been using the zovirax cream every morning to jus rub the area but alas, this morning I woke up with a tiny bump. Will be using the garlic, honey and the cream to see how quickly I can get rid of all this. Wish me luck

Peta on September 22, 2014:

Instead of Honey high quality paw paw ointment is the best for healing. You can keep it in you hand bag too.Tea tree oil is also effective to speed up the early stages of drying it out. First and second day along with the garlic use tea tree and the paw paw can be introduced when the swelling has decreased on the third day and so on. You just don't want to add moisture until you dry it out. One other thing to steer clear of both hot as in temperature and hot as in spicy foods, exercising too. Bringing up you body temp can delay the healing process also. I eat dire consistency food as letting that top layer dry out is key once the swelling goes. You just don't want to disturb it, brushing teeth needs to be delicate. Steer away from the lip. I think these tips that I gave learnt along the way of my hundreds of cold sores combined with daughterson's garlic in the first stages will benefit many sufferers. I also take lysine plus vitamin c every day and would say to anyone that battles consistently with cs should do so. Unfortunately some of us have immune diseases and we break down more than normal people with the virus.

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on September 17, 2014:

Galic alone will certainly do the trick.

Trev on September 17, 2014:

To re-update, i figured out my problem was with the honey and not the garlic. In a difrent guide to using honey they state that certain honey's will actually make it worse and you really need to be more specific. Anyways, i re-started with just garlic.. also taking l-lysine tablets daily and using vit-e lotion or carmex as a moisturizer. Considering i get really bad outbreaks, not bad looking, but just never ending.. things are going much better. Garlic is definatly going into my cold sore removal proceedure. Thanks a bunch daughterson, ill re-update when its all over :)

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on September 17, 2014:

I think it would be alright -- there is nothing in petrolium jelly that is harmful, as far as I know.

Nikiki on September 16, 2014:

Hi, I have applied the garlic on to my cold sore, rinsed it, then applied honey for about 5 minutes and rinsed it off with water. My lips now feel dry with nothing on them. Is there anything specific (or that you would recommend) I could use on my lips in general to keep it moisturized until the next time I do the garlic/honey procedure later today? Would petroleum jelly work?

Thank you!

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on September 13, 2014:

Perhaps if you kept attacking the new ones that pop up you would eventually get them all. But this is not scientific. I only offer a remedy that works for some but not all. Good luck with your problem.

Trev on September 13, 2014:

Day Three, I'm going to stop this experiment. The garlic does seem to be doing something, however my sores are far to resilient for petty remedies. I come out of this worse off, because the sores got much darker and more noticeable. It seems that every time i apply the garlic, one lesion starts to go away, and shortly after a new one pops up. If anyone has any suggestions on lightening the color or home remedies to cover it up please let me know.

Trev on September 12, 2014:

Day two of the garlic and honey experiment.. So far some improvement, but not as amazing as id hope, most commenters showed great improvement by day 3, so here to hoping the same for me! Just to point out to other viewers, i get very resilient sores, so I wouldn't say that lack of improvement is a great benchmark, however if it does work on me.. it will work for anyone lol

Nora on September 12, 2014:

Trying this right now. My immune system is shot, so for the first time in about s great, I have one. Awful little things. We'll see how it goes!!!

Trev on September 11, 2014:

I'm going to give this a try in a bit, if it works, me love you long time!

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on September 02, 2014:

I am so happy for you !! Thank you.

Nayy on August 30, 2014:

This has been the best thing ever!! Thank you so much!! My cold sore was big this morning and right now you can bearly see it!!

Nayyy on August 30, 2014:

Okay, thanks. I read that somewhere else and thats what I've been using and nothing is happening. But i already did the garlic once and already seeing some improvement. I will do my second coat later on and let you know my results. Thanks!

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on August 30, 2014:

I have never used petroleum jelly.

Nayyy on August 30, 2014:

Hello i am trying this right now. Should i apply petroleum jelly while i wait ti apply my second time of garlic. Or just leave it out in the open and dry?

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on August 29, 2014:

Thank you Dannyk1982. Your comments are very useful.

Dannyk1982 on August 25, 2014:

What's important is that you should let the garlic sit for 15 minutes after cutting it and before applying it to your lip. By letting it sit, you're giving it time to release the all important allicin - that's the stuff that makes garlic so powerful. Even better, after cutting it press down on it a little with your knife to squeeze it and then letting it rest.

What works best for me is first using garlic and then pressing an ice cube to my lip for 10-15 minutes.

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on July 31, 2014:

Andrea I am so glad you were helped. Thank you so much for sharing your experience, cold sores are so terrible.

Andrea on July 31, 2014:

Thank you. You have no idea how appreciative I am of you especially these past three days. Funny story, everytime Ive had a cold sore I would stay in doors. My cold sores would get out of hand & I found them irritating and unattractive. I moved to Argentina with my husband a a little over a year ago and they have no Abreva here. So I told him go to the store and buy me anything for this thing. He comes home with a little tube about the same size as abreva with the brand name Herpes :X lol me mori!!! Anywho i accidentally hit where my last cold sore was so it left a bit of a mark on my bottom lip, and I felt as if one were to come back soon. I felt irritation so a few days ago I googled cold sore red spot (something like that) and I came across your page.I saved it for future references. Its as if you were sent from heaven because I got one three days ago. I used your steps my cold sore didn't go from the tiny spec it started with, I felt no irritation, its as if it wasn't there. Today's day three and its GONEEEE. YOU'RE A MIRACLE WORKER :) thank you thank you thank youuuuu I hope they never come back but if they do this is definitely going to be my go to method!

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on July 24, 2014:

"omg I love you" Thank you so much!!! I love to get comments like this.

celinass on July 24, 2014:

omg I love you

I've been trying to get rid of my cold sores since I was a kid and this is the only thing that actually worked for me.. I love you thanks!

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on July 02, 2014:

Thank you crystal. I have mentioned that the garlic should not be left on too long and many guests have warned about it burning the skin. I am sorry it did not help you.

crystal on July 02, 2014:

You should probably mention that garlic burns the skin and to be careful it's not touching the skin when you're applying to it the cold sore. I got a burn doing this right above my cold sore and the pain in worse. And the garlic made my lip swell three times its size making it difficult to speak. And I still have the cold sore.

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on June 12, 2014:

Thank you Lulu for letting me and others know how well it worked for you. I am so happy to be of help to you.

Lulu on June 11, 2014:

I had a severe outbreak just the past month, use abreva whole tube, yes, it helps, but as soon as I stop using it, another one pop up, so I decide to try your suggestion, use raw garlic directly on the sore, it sting s but not so bad, and next day comes to the scab stage and one more day, the scab fall off. I also use coconut oil as a lip balm, it soothe and smooth the whole lip. I will never buy any OTC nor cold sore. Thanks for your suggestion.

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on May 27, 2014:

Mona, honey is always good. Keep it clean.

mona on May 26, 2014:

Ok. Its drying up. Should I put anything on it?

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on May 26, 2014:

It depends on how deep it is and how fast you heal -- I am sure it varies for people. I think usually three to five days. Untreated it can be up to several weeks.

mona on May 25, 2014:

How long does it take for the cold sore to go away? .

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on April 17, 2014:

Thank you for your info Gail. I hope the garlic works for her.

Gail on April 17, 2014:

I found your site.. Very good info .. I'm looking for my daughter who is only 13 and her father and I neither one have herpes or cold sores .. I assume she must have gotten it from sharing a Chapstick or something .. Sad ... Anyway I use this site a lot n there are some very good remedies ... Take Lysine daily dab w hydrogen peroxide and dab w extra virgin coconut oil and or honey ... Also take extra virgin coconut oil a table spoon a day kills the virus ... I'm going to have her try the garlic next time

Just thought it would share ...

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on April 16, 2014:

I don't think I would. Thanks for your comment.

mommyoftwo on April 15, 2014:

Can I leave honey on it over night?

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on April 06, 2014:

That is great L'anonymous! I am so happy to help. You made my day.

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on April 06, 2014:

That is great L'anonymous! I am so happy to help. You made my day.

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on April 06, 2014:

That is great L'anonymous! I am so happy to help. You made my day.

L'anonymous on April 05, 2014:

I feel so much better after reading this post and the comments. I thought I was the only one getting these annoying cold sores and blisters. I get them like 3-4 times a year and it's so annoying because it burns and itches like crazy. For the past few days, I've tried honey, ice and rinsing my mouth often but it hasn't helped much. I just tried this garlic trick and the swelling went down significantly in 15 minutes and the redness is starting to go too. :)

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on March 21, 2014:

honimariemotheroftwo, thank you so much for letting me know how much it helped you -- it makes me very happy. I hope that you will get less and less outbreaks until you get none! Thanks again for sharing.

honimariemotheroftwo on March 21, 2014:

by the way I am so glad I found this now and not later I'm only 22 and this SAVED my life!!!!!I have tried so many other things,like salt and ice and they just don't work for I barely ever get really bad breakouts but this morning I felt the tingle put he garlic on it and BAM!!I already feel it killing the virus its awesome sorry for the way I talk I'm still young lol..

honimarieparentoftwo on March 21, 2014:

Omg!!thank you thank you thank you. I've had cold sores all of my life and have always had really big ugly ones and my boyfriend always makes comments on them..not so nice ones...and I looked up how to heal them faster And found your lovely page and it has done exactly that now whenever I feel the tingle I go straight for the garlic and it really really helps!!noe I can get back to giving my babies (and my man)kisses

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on February 14, 2014:

Thank you so much for your comments. I used to get cold sores with a runny nose too. I am so happy it helped you. Even if you catch a cold sore at the begining you will still have a nasty scab but as you said it heals quicker.

Agnes on February 13, 2014:

Thank you so much for this article. I get cold sores on my nose when I'm sick. Few years back I had them few times a year, then I worked on boosting my immune system with grapefruit seed extract and they were gone for a few years! Now I've been very sick with a sinus infection and going through stressful personal issues. When I found you remedy, the skin was already red & itchy. I started using your technique twice a day and 2 days later only have a flat scab and the skin is not even very swollen! In the past they would be much bigger and sometimes took 2 weeks to go away. Creams like Abreva never helped. Thank you so much!

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on January 25, 2014:

Thank you for your update sam.

sam on January 24, 2014:

Update: I applied the garlic to the blister a couple of times last night. Woke up in the morning and it looked like it helped dried it up. I had a doctor's appointment today and she prescribed valtrex (sp). I really needed to have this cold sore gone in 3 days. Should I be doing both garlic and taking valtrex? . Thanks for the garlic method, didn't had a chance to try it out completely, but I did saw some result.

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on January 24, 2014:

Hi Sam I hope the garlic works for you. Abreva blocks the virus I hope it does not keep the garlic from working. Please let me know how it worked out for you. I have never used Abreva first.

sam on January 23, 2014:

I have two small blister that appeared days ago. Never had any outbreak before. Been putting Abreva and still no result. Will try your method and see what happens.

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on January 22, 2014:

Thank you so much Lopo for your comments. I never get tired of hearing how the garlic has helped, yet, another person -- I am really happy for those the garlic helps. Cold sores really do make a person miserable -- they are on your face no where to hide. Thanks again for sharing.

Lopo on January 22, 2014:

Thank you SO much for this! I stumbled upon this site while I was looking for home remedies for cold sores. I have been getting them since I was a kid and I am all about the natural home remedies! Nothing has ever really worked and cold sores kill my self - esteem. The cold sore hadn't fully erupted and I started using the garlic last night. This morning, I used garlic again and honey and it seems to have stopped the cold sore in it's tracks! I am going to continue to use the garlic and honey until it goes away. I was going to wait until the cold sore was gone to post on here but I just couldn't wait! Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

If the cold sore is a little swollen, usually using a warm tea bad helps it go down for me!

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on January 22, 2014:

Thank you anotherhappycustomer -- I am so happy to help others with this simple remedy.

anotherhappycustomer on January 21, 2014:

Just tried this. So amazing! Cannot thank you enough. It was in the beginning blister stage and shrunk after 2 treatments. Will probably do one more in the morning to ensure it goes away completely. Natural remedies work so much Better than pills, supplements or man made creams.

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on January 21, 2014:

Hi Enzo, I would not advise bursting the blister, you are doing damage to your skin. Just use the garlic, after rising blot dry with toilet paper or paper towel and then put honey on it leave the honey on your sore for five or so minutes and then rinse again. the honey helps the sore heal faster. I advise using only one method Salt and lemon juice and garlic all together my harm the skin. The idea is to kill the virus. The garlic kills the virus do not over do it. The honey heals the skin. Do not poke at the blister -- your body knows best how to deal with the sore once the virus is killed. Thank you so much for your comment.

Enzo on January 21, 2014:

Garlic has been doing wonders for me. For years I've bought the same old creams over the counter or racked up in shelves for nothing. All I have from those treatments are scars and delayed disgusting, painful over growing sores. I tried garlic via another site in a different language (Turkish) and it has done wonders. I still wanted to come here and thank the author for sharing this with everyone else who suffer from this embarrassing virus.

Just a quick question though.

My cold sores usually completely heal in 7 days when I use garlic.

What I do: I burst the blisters with a clean needle or toothpick and dab paper towel until I can see it is dry, and then I dab on a slice of garlic or the juice the garlic. I have read a lot of comments and your method. I have used salt and lemon straight after the garlic treatment before which worked well but at the moment I am just using garlic. How much would you recommend me to use honey and how to use it? Also should i burst the blisters or not?

Thank you so much for all the help!

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on January 12, 2014:

Hi Ginger, I am so happy that the garlic worked for you. Thank you for taking the time to let me know. My purpose was to share this amazing cure with others. I know it doesn't work for everyone but I am so happy for those who find it helpful.

Ginger on January 11, 2014:

Like you I had the same situation when I desperately tried ginger 2 days ago. It did wonder to me. I applied a slice of ginger for as much time as I could. Also burning. But works. However, the same symptoms happened to me as to other people who tried garlic: the new outbrake just came next to a heal one. Unfortunately, ginger treatment takes a lot of time. And when I missed the treatment (every couple hours or so) the cold sore began to be active again. So I came to your post and I've tried your remedy. It worked right away. And it is super fast :). Thank you for sharing your experience!

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on January 04, 2014:

Thank you so much Kay for your update. I can't tell you how happy I am it worked for you. I appreciate your kind words.

Kay on January 03, 2014:

Update: cold sore has completely healed without a trace in 3 days. It never even erupted or crusted over. I was able to go to work, hang out with friends without feeling self-concious. Daughterson, you are right. The cold sore has to develop a little before the garlic will do anything. The first 24 hours of using garlic didn't seem to do much. I applied garlic 3 times per day for two days and on day three, it was gone. Thank you, you're changing lives!

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on January 03, 2014:

You a very welcome Hopeful. I am so happy to help.

Hopeful on January 02, 2014:

Very thankful I found this site, I usually end up getting a cold sore once a year. Last year 2013 none occurred. This Year 2014 the day after new years eve the little sore came back in the same spot on my upper lip. Desperately put Abreva on right away its been 2 days and I found this a few hours ago and tried it out, It stung like crazy! The tiny blisters look like they are scabbing already and the tingling stopped. Going to keep doing this for a day or two and see what happens! Thank you so much :)

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on December 31, 2013:

I am so glad that you didn't have any sores for such a long time. I personally found that that the sore has to develop a little before the garlic worked. I thought the same as you. Please do let me know if the garlic stops it before it really gets started

Kay on December 31, 2013:

Hello, I'm back. Looks like I'm in the very beginning stages of getting another cold sore. The swelling on my lower lip started an hour or so ago. I just went to the store and bought fresh garlic. I will use honey as well. I last posted here 19 months ago and this is the first time I've had a cold sore since then. I will update you on how it goes with the garlic this time. Last time, it worked wonders. I'm hoping that catching it so early again will stop it dead in its tracks.

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on December 29, 2013:

I too used to get them when emotionally charged. Use the garlic at least twice a day until you can tell they are no longer active. Good luck.

shawdaddie on December 28, 2013:

Long time suffer of cold sores they seem to be worsening as of late during this past year. Mine seem to be emotionally charged and pop up when I get upset. I have been changing my diet , cutting out alcohol but seem to still get them. This last bout seems to keep rebounding when i get to the point when it is almost clear bam, another outbreak.

I will try the garlic this time around, how often should it be applied acouple times a day?

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on December 26, 2013:

good luck!

Matt on December 26, 2013:

I just got a cold sore yesterday, on Christmas and I'm at work now and won't be able to try this until tomorrow. I'm skeptical though having, like you all probably have, been scammed. I'm only going to be able to buy the garlic at walmart, however.

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on November 30, 2013:

Garlic has got to be better than nail polish remover -- good luck!!!!!!!!!

whvelez on November 30, 2013:

I just woke up with 4 tiny bumps on my lip. the tingle is definitely there. Abreva didn't work for me, nail polish remover is what ive been trying and I guess its worked fine for me. I am giving the garlic a try now! I cut up a piece and put it on, it did sting so i hope it was working !

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on November 19, 2013:

Thank you for your account of discovering garlic as a cure. It is so simple and practically free. I am glad it worked for you too.

GeorgyH on November 19, 2013:

I discovered this remedy myself yesterday in desperation with a horribly swollen lip from more cold sores when I had only just cleared up the last lot. I was delighted to find that it has worked for you and others too. I pressed the garlic for a minute or two and my lip was red and stung for a while but once it settled the relief was so much better than anything else I have tried. The expensive anti-viral creams seems to do little for me and do not relieve in the same way. The sores are looking much better already after two applications of garlic, my lip is less swollen than it was and I am hopeful this will all clear up much quicker than usual!

Faye Mitchell (author) from Columbus, Ohio on November 13, 2013:

Michael you are entitled to your oppinion. Garlic is not a magical cure. There are many herbs with great healing qualities. Where do you think asperin came from or penecillian not herbs but natural sources.

Michael on November 13, 2013:

Yeah garlic can't kill the herpes simplex virus hon. Don't know what planet your on but not all natural things have 'magical virus defeating properties'

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