Natural Treatment for Cold Sores

The short version. Cold sores on and around the lips are caused by the herpes simplex virus. The virus hides in your nervous system for extended periods, then travels up nerves right to the surface of your skin, causing the nasty sores. The sores often ooze liquid, break open, form a scab, and go away. You can use baking soda to absorb the virus from under the skin when it surfaces.

In a small bowl or cup, mix some baking soda with water until it forms a thick paste. Spread this over the open, weeping sore.  As it dries, it will draw out the clear liquid, and some blood, and, I believe, the virus. When the paste has fully hardened, peel it off, then rinse off any residue. Repeat this immediately. Do it again as many times as you can.

The long version. All it takes is making out with the wrong person one time to get the herpes simplex virus. Then, several times a year, you can look forward to a huge, hideous, humiliating cold sore on your lip or on the skin right around your mouth. The virus spends most of its time buried, hiding in your nervous system. Once in a while – usually about three times a year – it will journey along your nerves to your skin. The sore that forms will get bigger, will often ooze a clear liquid, will break open and bleed, will form a scab that will still sometimes ooze liquid or blood, and will eventually heal and go away. This process usually takes one or two weeks.

You can buy ointments that speed up the process, but medical science says there is no way to cure it, no way to get rid of the herpes viruses hanging out in your nervous system. I’m not so sure. I believe that baking soda can absorb the liquid and blood that are in and under a cold sore and, along with it, the virus itself.

I got the idea after I used baking soda to absorb venom from a painful spider bite. Baking soda absorbs moisture, and on an open spider bite, it pulls out the venom. I avoided weeks of agony, multi-colored bruising, and tissue damage this way, something mainstream medicine is completely ignorant of.

Later that year, I got a cold sore for the first time in my life. I’m pretty sure I know who I got it from, but never mind that. It hurt a lot, but even worse, it looked disgusting. I tried to avoid people as much as possible while I had this gigantic, reddish-purple dome right on my bottom lip. The first time caught me offguard. But when it showed up again, I was ready.

After it appeared and grew for a few days, it started oozing a clear liquid. Then it broke open and was bleeding. That’s when I made my move. Here’s what you do:

Get a small cup or a small bowl. Put in some baking soda. Add a small amount of water. You want the mixture to be thick like paste. It needs to stay put on your cold sore. If the mixture is runny, just add more baking soda until you get a nice, gooey consistency.

Now, take something flat. I use a plastic knife – like for picnics – that can be thrown away after use. Spread the baking soda paste over your entire sore and the surrounding area.

Don’t skimp! Put on a thick layer, a big glob right on your lip. You want as much baking soda as possible on that open sore, to draw out the maximum amount of liquid and, with it, the virus.

After a few minutes, the paste will be completely dry. Pull off the dried paste. Rinse the residue off.

Repeat the process immediately. Then do it again. Don’t waste any time. I really don’t know how many times you should do it, right in a row. Maybe five. Do it again the next day. And again until the sore has completely scabbed over or healed, and the baking soda paste no longer has an open spot to draw from.

I won’t kid you – it will sting. Not horribly. I’m pretty sure you can take it, especially since you’re hopefully getting rid of your cold sores forever.

I did this the second time I had an outbreak. That was a little over a year ago. Nothing since then. I can’t guarantee that the virus is completely out of my body, but the fact that I haven’t had a cold sore in more than a year is wonderful, and it’s a good sign that I did get rid of the virus.

Obviously, this may or may not work for you. I can’t make any guarantees. But really, it’s worth a try. All it takes is about two bucks for a box of baking soda at any grocery store or drug store on the planet, and a little stinging. Even if it doesn’t work, you haven’t lost anything. But I suspect it will work.

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If you want to tell me how things go for you, you can email me at oceansize333@live.com. Please note, though, that I cannot give you any advice. I can only refer you to what I’ve written here. But I’d be happy to hear about your experience with this.

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The baking soda treatment worked for the cold sore on my mouth, caused by the herpes virus. I strongly suspect that it would also work for genital herpes. I don’t see why it wouldn’t. It’s basically the same thing – the herpes virus causing blisters, in this case on and around the genitals. Luckily, I don’t have genital herpes, so I can’t test it on myself. However, I would be extremely interested to hear from anyone who tries this approach for herpes. When the blisters are at their most open and weeping, spread on the paste. When it hardens completely, peel it off, rinse the residue off the area, and do it again and again. I would be delighted if this turned out to be the cure for herpes.

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It occurs to me that this could also work on shingles. Like cold sores and genital herpes, shingles are caused by a virus that hibernates in the nervous system, then comes to the surface. Putting the baking soda paste on the blisters, particularly when they break open and ooze, could draw out the virus as well.

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Natural Treatment for Spider Bites

The short version: The crucial part of treating a spider bite is to draw out the venom. You can do this by using baking soda. In a small bowl or cup, mix some baking soda with water until it forms a thick paste. Spread this over the entire spider bite, making a very thick, even lumpy layer of it. As it dries, it will draw out the venom. When the paste has fully hardened, peel it off, then rinse off any residue. Repeat this immediately. Do it again as many times as you can.

The long version. Spider bites are horribly painful and damaging. In summer 2004, I was bitten on the ankle by a spider. I called poison control, and they said there’s nothing that can be done. They told me that if I go to a doctor, all that will happen is that I’ll get an antibiotic to prevent bacterial infection of the soon-to-be ugly, festering, open wound, and I’ll be told to take something for the pain. For some reason, I didn’t think to check for natural remedies. I did what everybody who gets a spider bite does – nothing. Because that’s what medical science tells us can be done.

My ankle turned all kinds of horrible colors, the infected area grew larger, and my ankle became more and more painful. After two weeks, when I could no longer stand the agony of the big, almost black wound, my girlfriend drove me to the emergency room one night. The poison control center was right. The doctor came in, looked at my ankle, and said, “Yep, that’s a spider bite.” I kid you not. He said it in a snarky, dismissive tone, told me to take ibuprofen, and wrote a prescription for an antibiotic. (As I mentioned, the antibiotic in no way helps with the bite. It is simply to prevent the area from becoming bacterially infected.) Indeed, if you look up spider bites on medical sites like WebMD and the Mayo Clinic, they will all tell you – medical science is helpless in the face of spider bites. There is literally nothing that can be done. You must simply bear with the pain, watch the area grow larger and more discolored, and in some cases, live with the permanent damage of tissue death (necrosis) that can occur. (I was spared necrosis, although I still have a scar on my ankle.)

The key to treating a spider bite is actually very simple – you must get the venom out of you. That’s what does the damage. The venom injected by the eight-legged monster sits in the tissue directly beneath your skin, slowly spreading for weeks, causing horrible pain, colorful bruising, swelling, and sometimes permanently killing the tissue. You need to get the venom out! Mainstream medicine throws its hands up, claiming that there is simply no way to do this.

Actually, there is. It can be done with an incredibly cheap, unregulated, common substance that is available at every grocery store and drug store in the world. Baking soda.

In 2011 I got a horribly painful bite on my forearm near my elbow. This time I went searching online for natural treatments, and I found references to the baking soda treatment. I tried it. It worked. I noticed my bite within an hour of it happening. (Unlike ant bites and scorpion stings, spider bites don’t hurt when they’re happening. Sneaky devils.) It was already a huge, ugly-red bruise with glassy areas (the actual points the bite) and hurt like hell. I used baking soda, and instead of weeks of increasing agony, spreading bruising, and a rainbow of colors, the area kept shrinking, the pain decreased, and I was fine within days

The beauty of baking soda is that it absorbs. That’s why you’re supposed to keep an open box in your refrigerator, to absorb the moisture and odors in there. It will do the same thing on an open spider bite. It will pull out the venom under the skin, absorbing it.

So here’s all you do. Get a small cup or a small bowl. Put in some baking soda. Add a small amount of water. You want the mixture to be thick like paste. It needs to stay put on your bite. If the mixture is runny, just add more baking soda until you get a nice, gooey consistency.

Now, take something flat. I use a plastic knife – like for picnics – that can be thrown away after use. Spread the baking soda paste over your entire bite. Your skin will look glassy, it will glisten, in the exact area(s) where the spider actually chomped you. This will likely be part of a larger area that’s already discolored and painful. Spread the paste over that entire area, especially over the glistening wounds where the venom was actually injected.

Don’t skimp! Put on a thick layer. It can even be lumpy and globby. You want as much baking soda as possible on that wound, to draw out the maximum amount of venom.

After a few minutes, the paste will be completely dry. Pull off the dried paste. It will likely be discolored, especially over the bite wounds themselves. My baking soda ended up looking dirty yellow. That’s the venom that was pulled out. Rinse the residue off.

Repeat the process immediately. Then do it again. Don’t waste any time getting that venom out of you. I really don’t know how many times you should do it, right in a row. Probably no less than five or six. Just keep on with it. In an hour, do it some more.

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As an aside, I’ve read that you can do the exact same thing with activated charcoal, which is available – usually in capsules – at health food stores. It works by the exact same priciple, absorbing the venom from under the skin. I’m sure it works, but I can’t personally vouch for it. Plus, baking soda is cheaper and easier to find. In fact, you may already have some in your home.

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If you want to tell me how things go for you, you can email me at oceansize333@live.com. Please note, though, that I cannot give you any advice. I can only refer you to what I’ve written here. But I’d be happy to hear about your experience with this.

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Theoretically, this should also work for ant bites, and any other bite that inject venom.

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By all means, if you feel that you want to go to your doctor, a clinic, or the emergency room for your spider bite at any point, don’t let me stop you. Just be sure to also use the baking soda treatment.