Category Archives: Mouth

Herpes Food?

Herpetic outbreaks (i.e. coldsores, genital herpes) can be influenced by one’s dietary intake of two amino acids – lysine and arginine. Lysine is known to reduce outbreaks (a good thing), while arginine is known to exacerbate them (a bad thing). Below is a list of foods high in each amino acid (in no particular order):

Lysine

  • Lysine powder (your best option)
  • Fish
  • Chicken
  • Egg white
  • Game meat (elk, deer, etc)
  • Whole dry milk
  • Most cheeses (e.g. cottage (dry or low fat), ricotta, cheddar, mozzarella, edam; Dutch gouda and unprocessed swiss are the highest)
  • Apricots (dried)
  • Carob

Arginine

  • Sesame
  • Soy protein isolate
  • Nuts
  • Shell fish
  • Gelatin
  • Seaweed
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Kill a Coldsore Before it Erupts?

I’ve heard good things about oil of oregano being applied at the first onset of the “pre-coldsore tingle.” For many, no will eruption occur if the oil is applied immediately to the tingling area. One or two drops should do, and you may have to repeat a few more times.

Cold Sore Homeopathic?

Nat mur (Natrum muriaticum) is one of the most common homeopathic remedies prescribed for cold sores.  Try a low potency to start (30CH), or better yet – seek the advice of your ND.

Swish Away Your Canker Sores?

Here’s a recipe for a mouth wash that is pretty much guaranteed to take your canker sores away. You will have to go to a health food store to buy them:

  • 2 tsp Chinese Red Sage (Salvia officinalis var. rubia; leaves are preferred, but the root will also work (found at most Chinese herb stores); any of the other Salvia’s will also work
  • 2 tsp German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

Add the herbs to a mug of hot water and let cool until comfortably warm. Then strain out the herbs (best to use a large tea ball), swish, rinse, and spit out. Repeat daily until you have a happy mouth. The two herbs carry out effective actions that kill bugs, lubricate, calm, and tighten the tissue, reduce inflammation, and speed up healing. It tastes terrible, and it works.

Enjoi!