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.


If you want to tell me how things go for you, you can email me at 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.


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.


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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