Wipe out cold sores in one fell swoop with garlic

Stephen Gibson -- Fotolia
Stephen Gibson -- Fotolia

COLD SORES can be small or massive, they can be on your mouth or under your nose -- wherever they are and no matter how big or small they are painful and ugly.


I had cold sores off and on for years. Every time I got a cold with a runny nose I got cold sores or certain kinds of stress would bring one on. Abreva came out some years ago and it worked very well. The only problem with Abreva is the price -- about $18.00 for a tiny, tiny tube. I was at work and my runny nose gave me an awful cold sore under my nose. It was ugly and sore. When I got home I discovered my Abreva was all gone. I remembered that garlic was supposed to be good as an antiseptic. So 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 this may seem too simple and it is hard to believe it works. After all if it were so simple why is it not common knowledge -- I don't know? Maybe because it stings. But I would rather suffer the burning sensation and be rid of them almost forever.

THE PROCEDURE IS AS FOLLOWS:

  • Use a large glove of Garlic, any kind will do.
  • Crush it with the base of a knife or put it in a garlic press. This will release the juices.
  • Then press the garlic gently on the cold sore or sores, the more juice the better. If the cold sore is large keep using new pieces of garlic. THIS WILL STING LIKE CRAZY, but you will notice an immediate relief. In my case and I hope in your case if you try this you will find that the garlic kills the cold sore immediately. The nasty tingle stops and you can tell it is dead.
  • Do not hold garlic on for more than a few seconds. Some people have complained of swelling and redness. It may be that they held it on too long. It is better to have more short treatments.
  • Rinse and pat dry. This is important. Use a paper towel or toilet paper because it is steril.
  • If you have honey dab it on the cold sore -- honey is an astringent and has vitamins and minerals that will help this wound heal. After a few minutes rinse and pat dry again. You want to keep it clean.
  • Repeat twice a day until cold sore is gone. For a small cold sore once is enough. For a large cold sore it will take two or three days, even when the cold sore is dead the damage is deep and takes time to heal.
  • An unexpected result of this treatment is that I did not have another cold sore for four years. And since the last one it has been a year. The garlic seemed to get rid of this virus for a much longer time. With Abreva I still got the cold sores on a regular basis but with the garlic I have had only one attack in five years. I saw on a commercial about Abreva that it blocks the virus -- it does not kill it. Garlic kills it. I know it is simple but it works.
  • If you try this I wish for you the same success that I experienced. Perhaps this treatment will not work for everyone but it is worth a try.

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granny80 6 years ago

I had a cold sore and thought I would give your garlic a try sure enough it worked. Good thing I love garlic.do you have any more home remedys?Please share thim with us.Thank you Granny


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lisadpreston 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

I seldom get cold sores but as you know I was in the hospital and their tissues were like sandpaper against my nose from the blowing. It looked like I had two permanent boogers under my nose from the scabs. LOL. I wish the hospital would have given me garlic instead of blistex. Fortunately this picture is small but it was taken the day after I got home, still very ill, and I had to go to my grandsons b-day party looking scabby. This page is bookmarked. Thanks. Give us more home remedies.


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daughterson 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thank you so much lisapreston for your comments. The garlic would have stopped all your misery and embarassment.


JayMex 6 years ago

Can I still do it if I'm in the scab phase? Or would I be better off just using honey?


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daughterson 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Honey will certainly help it heal faster. The garlic would help kill any lingering virus. I would use the garlic because it will kill the virus and speed the healing. It will help keep it from coming back. If it does come back use it immediately and this will kill it right away and perhaps you won't have a break out for years to come.


Johnathan K 6 years ago

holy sweet baby Jesus! Thank you so much for the garlic honey combo! i was going to lose my job because everybody was thought anything i touched transmitted the infection to them! however i know this isn't true, but no one else believed me! If it wasn't for this info i would be unemployed, a million thanks!!!!


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daughterson 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

You are so welcome Johnathan K! I am so glad it worked for you. I had the biggest, ugliest cold sore under my nose when in desperation I tried this -- the amazing thing is how fast it heals and how it stops it dead in its tracks. At work like you I didn't want to meet with anyone in the public because the sore is all they see and it is scary. Glad it helped you and that you are still employed!


Sall 5 years ago

I remember a few years ago, my father who was very prone to cold sores (as am I) figured since garlic was good for you in every other way, that it would work for a cold sore. He cut a clove of garlic and rubbed it on the cold sore on his lip. The next 2 days it spread all over. Up to his nose, down his chin. It was awful. Hopefully it doesn't happen to you.


charlieGirl 5 years ago

Remember cold sores can spread, that's why it's important to, as daughterson stated, "gently press in on the cold sore." Do not rub on lips, this may cause a spread. When rubbing you're moving the virus across space. Pressings allow you to stay in the area only.


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daughterson 5 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

You are so right charlieGirl. I think the honey also helps and rinsing well.


diva 4 years ago

Well im using the garlic now. And I used it twice in one day hopefully it works for me


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I hope it works for you -- remember pat gently -- do not rub and rinse well. Good luck


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

remember do not rub and rinse well. Good luck.


gettingworried .... 4 years ago

hi, i have two cold sores one on each corner of my mouth. ive had one for almsota month now and the second just showed up 2 days ago... i tried the garlic and honey as instructed and now the cold sores feel a bit swollen and numb ... the skin around them has gone all white and dead looking and i cant tell if they are getting better or not !! what do you think?

ps ive booked an appointment with my doctor already


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I am not a doctor but perhaps you do not have cold sores. I am glad you have an appointment with a doctor. One thing I do know is that cold sores do a lot of damage and take time to heal. It could be that the skin destroyed by the cold sore turned white because the cold sore had already killed the cells. If you had the tell-tell tingling and the tingling stopped then the cold sore is dead. It takes time for the damage to heal. I do hope you had suffered no problems do to this treatment. Please let me know the results of your doctors

appointment. I don't think the garlic would cause you any damage. Cold sores are destructive -- the numbness could be because the cold sore damaged your cells and soon they will heal -- with in a few days. Good luck.


Ginger 4 years ago

Thank you so much for this! I have a possible cold sore -unlike some people, I don't get any tingling until after a cold sore has reared it's ugly head, so it could just as easily be a very angry canker sore on the inside rim of my lip- and this has been very helpful! I tried it yesterday evening and this morning, and already there seems to be some improvement!


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thank you so much Ginger for your feedback. I discovered that garlic does not work until the cold sore errupts -- bummer. I am so happy it is working for you.


gina 4 years ago

i just tried it too and it seems calmer but is still bumpy/ is this what you mean by it still has to heal? The bumpy blisters still to go down ?


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Yes Gina, the damage has been done and even though the virus has been kille it takes time to heal.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Yes Gina the damage has been done. The healing of the damage will take time. The garlic at least stops the damage.


Roocke 4 years ago

Hey :) how long does this process take for the cold sore to completely heal again and go back to normal? Using the garlic? :)


carol 4 years ago

How long do you leave the garlic pressed against teh cold sore, and will it work if there are blisters?


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

It depends on how big the sore is. The more damage the longer it takes. You should see a big improvement in three days or more if it is a big sore. A little sore should clear up with in a day or two.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Did it work for you?


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

It doesn't take long -- ten or twnety seconds.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

The garlic stops the damage from continuing but the damage that is already done will take time to heal. The honey will help it heal faster. The garlic stops the cold sore in its tracks but it does not undo the damage already done. Use honey to speed the healing. Dab honey on the wound wait four or five minutes and rinse.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

It only needs to stay on the sore ten or twenty seconds at a time. Keep doing it until the tingling stops. Maybe two or three times.


1344 4 years ago

My cold sore just began forming and it stinged when i put the garlic on and now just a little sting but not really do i take off the garlic now?


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Yes take the garlic off you only need keep dab it on and leave for seconds (like 20 or 30 seconds) not minutes or hours. Rinse well. You can repeat this with a fresh piece of garlic. When the tingle stops the cold sore is dead and the healing begins. If it is a big cold sore repeat this process until you can tell there is no active virus left. Always rinse well.


Sweetmeat 4 years ago

Have tried everything for years. Gave it a shot for the first time last note as soon as I noticed a cold sore had arrived. Left it on for a few minutes. Felt it burning rite away, but not as bad as nail polish remover! Seemed as though ot helped so i applied again this morning and again this afternoon. Looked like a zit not and I am hoping it will be gone soon and forever!


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I hope so too Sweetmeat. Unfortunatly it takes time to heal. Thank you for letting me know how it worked for you and I hope you don't have another one for years to come.


Sweetmeat 4 years ago

Hoping for the best. Applying again rite now.


Sweetmeat 4 years ago

Garlic!!! Thank you! Day 3 and it is going away! Never exploded or got all big and swollen. 2 applications for 1 minute per day til it turns frOm clear to whitish. Thanks again!


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Sweetmeat you made my day!!! I am so happy for you that it worked.


Sweetmeat 4 years ago

Sorry my friend, but you nave made mine! Hoping to be outbreak free for four fears like you !!!!


antonio 4 years ago

What do i rinse it with? Just water or water and saop...?


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Just water is fine.


antonio 4 years ago

Omg thanx it really works:)


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I am so hppy!


Sweetmeat 4 years ago

Ok. Got a little one under the one that vanished so my guess is that you need to apply garlic several times a day for a minute everyday until that thing is gone.out of garlic so off to the market and hopefully I will have the same success.


Sarah 4 years ago

Im always suffering from cold sores i tried many things to get rid of it but finally i read about garlic and i tried it , it works , but honestly im still suffering cause i experience it on every fwe weeks and even when i use garlic it cure it but after few weeks i get it on other side of my lips ... If there is any affective solution for it ??? Or i just keep trying garlic when ever i feel it ??


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Maybe it will take you a little longer to get rid of the virus since you have had them so long and so ofter. Also it seems from what you said you have sores in different places. Keep up the garlic treatment and perhaps all the virus pockets will dissapear. In any case it will keep the cold sores from getting out of control. I hope you will soon see an end to these nasty little sores.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I am so happy that it worked for you. My desire was to share this happy accident.


Sarah 4 years ago

Thank u for answering me , i will keep trying it . And Will search for other effective home remedies and Will tell about , i hope it Will work too for all


Taylor 4 years ago

I never got a cold sore and last night i could feel something there but i didn't know what it was so i ignored it. When i woke up my middle upper lip was/still is VERY swollen with little blisters on them. I immediately went on the internet to research what it was and how to get rid of it. I am going to try the garlic but i wanted to know how i know when the sore is killed? The garlic is burning so bad every time i put it on and i feel a tingle after i rinse it off. How do i know if it is working or not?


Sara 4 years ago

Keeo trying garlic its a natural antibiotique it Will work believe me just put garlic on it and wait for 20 mnts and u Will see . It Will kill the virus . And dont Forget to wash ur hands when ever u touch it


Sarah 4 years ago

U can try also toothpast mixing with salt or lemon juice . I read about it , i tried only lemon juice but i never tried toothpast with salt , and also ice is good for it in its first days .


whitb 4 years ago

I have a sore that started last night and came quick. Will elephant garlic work just as well? Or should I get regular garlic?


Sweetmeat 4 years ago

On my third one now. First one went away immediately. Then another that swelled up huge. Just keep coming....Third one now.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I am no doctor but you must have several sites. I have one site that errupts but not in years but you must have more. Keep up the treatment and maybe you can kill all the sites. Please keep me informed -- I am hoping that in the end you will be free.


Sweetmeat 4 years ago

I think my third was actually an allergic reaction to turmeric. My entire upper lip was enormous! But no "blisters". The swelling was intense and fast like an allergic reaction. It has now been roughly 24 hrs since the swelling got out of control. Nothing would help it. Now the swelling seems to be going away on its own. The histamines released in my lips must be subsiding as they typically do within 24 hrs.


angela56 4 years ago

A few weeks ago i got a cold sore on my lip. After it went away sure enough another one came back the next morning but in a different spot then after that one went away I got ANOTHER one in a different spot. I dont know what to do and this is really hurting my self esteem. Can you please help me?


Mohammad 4 years ago

Ive dont a pretty good job at making my cold sores appear once a year, but I still hate dealing with them. Its been a year and a half and I got one yesterday. I applied Ambreva on it five times yesterday and right now its not a big sore, but will garlic still work on it???

Thank you very much.


Mohammad 4 years ago

So I just cut a glove of garlic in half and placed it on my cold sore for 30 seconds, so i hope this works, I didn't really feel any burning sensation.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

To get more juice from the garlic crush it first and then cut it in half. I hope it works for you.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Did you try the garlic yet? If you did then just keep doing it until all the sores go away.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Did it finally work for you?


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Abreva blocks the virus, so I don't know. If you try it rinse well first. But its up to you. The garlic may have a chance to kill it, but you may want to wait until the next one.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I don't think it matters which kind of garlic you use


Vanessa 4 years ago

Hi, I did the garlic but I didn't have any honey... Will it still work??


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Yes, it will still work. The honey helps sooth and heal quicker. The garlic is the virus killer and honey is the healer.


Mohammad 4 years ago

Hey, yea I did it another time yesterday and this time I smashed the garlic so the juices came out and when I applied it there was some burning. Right now I believe its hardening, should I apply garlic again or just put honey on it? Also if I have another outbreak later on should I put garlic on the area when I feel a tingling?

Thanks a lot!


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Mohammad please do apply again and then put honey on it. If it feels really dead then just use honey. Let me know how it goes. And you are welcome I just hope it works.


Mohammad 4 years ago

Yea I put garlic on it and then honey afterwards. I'll prob repeat it again in a couple hours. Everytime I put garlic on it after crushing it the tingling pretty much stops which is good. I will keep you informed, I greatly appreciate the help. I just hope I can put this off from once every couples years to once every three or four as you said.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I would do the garlic again and if you are sure it is dead just use honey after that until its gone -- always be sure to rinse and then was your hands.


Mohammad 4 years ago

O ok, right now it has shrunk and has already become a crust so that's great. It prob would have healed a lot quicker if I had applied garlic from the first tingle rather than Abreva or if I had put garlic on it when the blister started forming! Thanks again for the help, much appreciated!


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I found that in my case it doesn't work until it forms a blister -- perhaps because the garlic can't get through the skin. I am so glad it worked for you.


Sweetmeat 4 years ago

I will never use garlic again. On my fourth now this one is on my lower lip. I have never had an outbreak like this in my life.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I am so sorry it did not work for you and you have had so many problems with it. I guess abreva is the best bet for you. Thank you for your feed back. I am really amazed you had so many problems. I still think you are chasing the virus and it will soon be over. Good luck Sweetmeat. I hope you find an end to this outbreak soon.


Mohammad 4 years ago

O ok sure thing, thanks again! What do I do when its like a crust, do I just let it chill or do I apply anything else to it?


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Mohammad if you don't have honey just leave it alone. You might want to apply garlic again if you feel it is not getting smaller. But it will heal in its own time if it is dead, honey helps keep it clean and speeds up the healing.


Lizzie 4 years ago

I have had a cold sore for a few days now and it looks more like a sore than blisters but i applied garlic anyway but i don't have any honey. It burned a lot but that's to be expected isn't it? i'm worried that it will spread :S is the aim to try and dry out the cold sore? so is it bad to moisturize it? do you think hydrocortizone (not sure how to spell it, its eczema cream) would help it as it removes a layer of skin? i really hope the garlic works :)


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I am not a doctor, all I know is garlic in most cases works. I would not add anything else. I would wait -- if you have honey use that. Apply honey and rinse. Keep it dry. I don't think keeping it moist is a good idea, but that is only my opinion and experience. If it has a scab and is no longer it will heal on its own if you do nothing at all.


Dazza 4 years ago

I Felt A Tingling Did The Garlic Stratigy Its Been 3 days And Still No Cold Sore Thanks!


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Great news Dazza, I am so glad it worked for you. Thank you for sharing.


BubbleGumPlant 4 years ago

I'm on day 3 of an outbreak; blisters and crusting on side of lip. Tried the garlic method just now. Couldn't really differentiate tingling from burning so after a while I would just rinse, use a new garlic piece, rinse, etc. After 7 or 8 cloves of garlic, I rinsed and put honey. Washed it off now. We'll see how it goes. Will try again tomorrow and report back. (Will also continue using Abreva while at work since no access to garlic there).


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I hope it works for you.


Amandamae 4 years ago

My cold sore right now is under my nose but looks like water blisters and I'm just wondering do I apply the garlic now or wait until it opens.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Go ahead and apply it now it won't hurt.


Mohammad 4 years ago

Is it still contagious even if the crust comes off or even if its still in the crust stage?


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I don't know Mohamammad. I would be carful and keep it and my hands clean. I would think if the crust comes off it is most likely not contagious. In the crust stage I wouldn't take any chances. I am not a doctor that is my opinion.


Kyevon 4 years ago

Hi guys just a tip for everyone that his having trouble with reacurring cold sores. I used to get them once a month and they were huge! I couldn't leave the house for atleast a week but you can go to your local chemist and buy some cold sore relief tablets over the counter and take these on a daily basis. Sinse I started taking them 2 years ago I have only had one cold sore and that is because I am having trouble with my immune system. Even just taking echinacea daily does the trick. I only wish I had of known it was that easy years ago!


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thank you Kyevon for the information. It is good to share other things that work.


Melissa 4 years ago

My cold sore started two days ago and became a blister the next day. I've been using Abreva since the first tingle but thought I would check out home remedies. I put the garlic one for about 30-60 seconds, rinsed, honey for 5 mins then rinsed. The garlic stung and burned like crazy. I think all I feel now is a burning sensation still and it looks like the size has already decreased...it's less swollen. The skin around the sore is pinkish still, probably because I have sensitive skin. The sore itself was mainly pussy looking prior to the garlic with the exception of two small blisters. The pussy/scabby parts look much better. The larger of the two blisters still looks like a blister. So I think I killed the big main pussy cluster but how can I be sure the other blisters have been killed? I never get much of a tingling sensation with cold sores. You said apply garlic 2 times in the day, should I keep applying until the other blister starts to get smaller? I don't want to damage my skin either.


Melissa 4 years ago

The skin is no longer pink but I think the two blisters are still tingling. I guess I will try another round of garlic and honey. It was quite a large cluster, about 1.5 cm. So far 1 cm looks zapped but not the other.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thanks Melissa for sharing. Big blisters need more treament because the virus is deep and/or you may have missed a spot. I would do it again until the other feels dead. Keep me posted.


Jayne 4 years ago

Ok so I have a cold sore in my nostril from being sick and blowing my nose so much. My question is, can I use this in my nostril or would that not be safe?


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I had the same problem when I first used garlic -- the sore started inside my nostril and extend down -- it looked awful. The garlic didn't affect me in a ban way. I think it would be OK. It hurts more inside your nose. I can not say that it would be safe for you since I am not a doctor, but all medicine has its risk.


Lucy 4 years ago

Here is the thing some users might want to consider...when you have more outbreaks after use of garlic it is more than likely due to the fact that garlic will pull out that which hides in your body...another words those sites were sitting there with the virus in the tissue nerve just hiding out...so I would guess this garlic remedy is knocking it's ugly existence out of your body. As unpleasant as it may be initially, in the long run it should prove to be effective to get rid of those things long term. Remember this!...MRSA has NO defense against garlic, it can run but it can't hide, like the cold sore virus..it can run but it cannot hide from garlic. Keep on keeping, garlic is truly one of the worlds most amazing foods/medicines.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thank you so much Lucy!!!


BS 4 years ago

i am trying it now, i hope this works because i hope to one day become a designer


dee 4 years ago

Thanks so much I crush up the garlic and salt together put enough drops of water in it to form a paste and and I put it where my cold sore was located for 20 mins and took a cotton ball and dipped it in warm water to clean it and it was already healing!thank you so much.I also put A&D so no more bacteria won't affect it.it worked wonders for me.thank you so much!


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thanks Dee for sharing. I like the way you prepared the garlic. The juice is important -- if it is to dry it does not work as well. You have refined it to the max. I am so glad it helped you.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Hi BS -- How did it go for you. Check out Dee below she took the treatmnt to a new level.


Kay 4 years ago

I had just started to feel tingling and there was a slight bump in the center of my lower lip when I thought I might be getting another cold sore. After finding this site, I attempted to use minced garlic that I had in my fridge and I felt nothing when I put it on my lip, so I went out to the store and bought fresh garlic. By this time, I could see small bumps filled with fluid forming and read that the sore had to erupt for the garlic to be effective, so I popped them before applying the garlic. I did not want to wait for the sore to get worse before doing something(I am not advising anyone to do this, just sharing what I did). It burned to the point that my hands were shaking and my eyes watered. I did this twice a day for 2 days. By the next day, the swelling had gone down significantly. By the end of the 2nd day, my lips were peeling badly, dead skin was coming off, but it was not crusty at all. By day three, it was completely healed. The cold sore never got the chance to erupt! I also took lysine and garlic pills daily. I used honey on my lip after applying the garlic and rinsing, as instructed. I washed my hands before and after doing anything with my mouth. Thank you so much for sharing this. You saved me the pain and embarrassment of dealing with yet another cold sore.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thank you Kay for sharing. I am so glad it worked for you. The secret is to get the garlic juice, the best way you can. It does hurt but in the end it is worth it.


Oscar 4 years ago

I woke up this morning and noticed a small white dot on my nose thinking it was just a pimple. Later on during the day the area started to itch and burn and now is swollen. I'm guessing it's in the 1st or 2nd stage. I hope by Adding garlic to the area it will stop it from spreading and killing it before it gets ugly since I have a date this Saturday. I don't want to scare this girl away.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Good luck Oscar. I certainly hope it works for you.


Oscar 4 years ago

I applied some garlic juice on to my blister and applied honey after. I noticed that some of the swelling decreased, and the blister looks a bit dry now. I'll be applying more garlic juice before bed! I'm glad I stumble upon this site!


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thanks Oscar for the update -- you should be fine by Saturday.


mommy2b 4 years ago

I applied the garlic the way you said to but it never stopped burning. I would wait 30seconds or so then rinse off and reapply. I did this 3 times and it still just continued to burn. Do you know why the tingling never disappeared?


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

No I don't know why mommy2b. Did the mouth ulcer improve?


mommy2b 4 years ago

I actually get my cold sores under my nostrils and the garlic did seem to help dry it up but I also did notice that it had spread far more than it ever has before as well.


crys 01 4 years ago

I have had 3 out breaks in a month I'm a 16year old and its embarrassing this morning I woke up with another one but it hasn't erupted with little blisters I applied garlic and its swollen and numb is that normal?I applied honey and it feels better but after it just stings bad


hidingfromtheworld 4 years ago

i felt the tingle last night and could already see a small cluster of three or four blisters on my upper lip so i immediately started alternating between abreva and direct garlic cloves. it's a little more swollen today and the blisters are more pronounced, but not popped. should i pop them and immediately apply garlic? or will i be able to stave off further development of the sore and send it into remission by continuing garlic/abreva?


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I don't know if using abreva and garlic both is a good idea. Abreva blocks the virus and garlic kills it. Once the blisters appear I would just use garlic -- Do not rub, just dab. If this does not work then I would use abreva. When you use garlic you should feel the tingle stop. I don't know how the abreva will affect the garlic treatment. Let me know how it goes.


hidingfromtheworld 4 years ago

thanks so much for getting back to me so quickly! i will surely post back for you and anyone else reading along. it's difficult to tell the difference between "the" tingle and just light tingling from the area being dry or residual stinging after the garlic application or simply my lips tingling as i change temperature zones, so i'm still in the dark here as to if i stopped it.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thank you for getting back with me. When you get a cold sore it has a certin feeling when it is alive. When it is dead that feeling goes away. It may sting, or burn but the tingly feeling goes away. That is the best I can describe it. It may take several treatments to make the tingly feeling go away, or it may come back next day and need another treatmeent. Good luck.


19191cys 4 years ago

Idontt kno wht has happened it seems like icant last a week without a cold sore I have had 5 out breaks now since the first one and garlic hasn't helped any of them/: it just make


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

19191cys--I think if you have such a problem you should see a doctor if you can. Perhaps there is something else going on with you.


isaiah 4 years ago

Thank you it did work i felt it right away it seemed alittle crazy consider im a kid but i was reading a few articles and it can be transferred from sharing drinks. i have been doing the quiet alot but this tells me to stop! haha but thanks i usually felt pain when i moved my lips but i damped it for a minute and poof pain is gone! thanks !


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I am so glad it worked for you isaiah. Kissing of course also spreads the virus. You seem like a smart kid. I hope you never get bothered again but if you do, you know what to do. Thanks for your letting me know how it worked.


michael 4 years ago

Ok so I have been getting them a lot since I deployed to Iraq caught it somewhere over there I've tried everything an its the most embarrassing thing EVER. I hate it but I stumbled on to this garlic thing yesterday I held it on for 5 minutes 3 times yesterday woke up an it was all gone! Thanks a lot I'm still going to keep it up for about two days but you helped a lot of people. God bless brother


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thank you so much michael for your comments and compliments. I am so happy when anyone is helped with this garlic treatment. And thank you for your service.


Joanne 4 years ago

It felt like I had a cold sore coming, so just to be safe, I tried this remedy. I don't know if it's the fact that I didn't put honey on, or something. But when I rubbed it, it went numb, and it looked a bit swollen. I'm not sure if this means it made the cold sore worst, or it's a sign that it will get better.

Please reply. I'm getting worried!


Eray 4 years ago

So this is my first outbreak and I have had two of these things, right beside on another. This is my fourth day ising this combo and since, One has scabbed up pretty bad and u can still see the red through the scab, and the other at the corner of my mouth has had this yellow film on in and n the crack of my lip for the past 2 days now. Is there anyway to speed up the scanning process? And do I continue to put the honey over top of the yellow that has shown up? The yellow looks pretty nasty, it's on the scab and on the inside of my lip. I need this thing to dry up and go away ASAP!!please help!


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

A cold sore does a lot of damage before you are able to do anything about it. It will take time to cure the damage. Do not rub. Rise and pat. Honey will not hurt it can only help.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I hope you did not rub. You must pat the garlic on the wound and rinse well and pat dry. A cold sore does a lot of damage. The important thing is that it stops tingling. If the virus is stopped then it can heal.


karaokegrl 4 years ago

I woke up yesterday w/a cold sore, haven't had one in a while. All day yesterday I used Denavir, which used to work in two days. Not the case this time. Read in a book about garlic that one woman slept w/a sliver of garlic on her lip all night, I came online to find this post, so I am trying it now. Do you apply the honey only after the the final application of garlic or after every time you apply the garlic? Hope it works! Thank you for posting!!!


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thank you karaokegrl for your comments. I hope it works for you.


Kim 4 years ago

Will garlic help with a cold sore scar? I've had this scar for 2 weeks already i don't know what to do


karaokegrl 4 years ago

I did one application of it at 4:30am and around 2pm I noticed it is very swollen on the cold sore and under my lip and doubled in size. Is this to be expected? Also should I apply the honey only after the the final application of garlic or after every time you apply the garlic? Thank you!


anon 4 years ago

I just want to say that I wish I found this sooner. Thank you for this very helpful home remedy. It hurts like a mutha! But so worth it! I used new pieces all along my lips, just holding a smooshed piece at a time, as to not spread this nasty virus around. Then left it on for a few minutes and rinsed. I also put the honey on after, as I read you had said to do. I've done this a few times a day, as I felt the tingling, also felt new ones coming so sometimes I would do extra. It's the 3rd day now and it is clearing away and scabbing up. Super dry lips, but I feel like my lips are cleansed from the mean disease :( just looks ugly for now. Thank you again! I am 20 now and have had these out breaks come and go ever since I was 6 months old:( wish all the best results for everyone. Also just fyi, stay persistent with this it really works, but only if you are thorough and use new pieces every time and keep washing your hands.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thank you so much for your comments. I am so happy for everyone that I have helped.


go20 4 years ago

Hey there,

I had my first outbreak when I was little and for the next 9 years or so I've only had 2 outbreaks. I am now 18 and currently studying abroad and I noticed that back home, we used to eat lots of garlic everyday, coming from an Asian background we would use garlic to fry, boil, steam etc but now since I'm away from home, Ive had quite a few outbreaks that just would not go away. I'd been applying expensive antivirals that sort of works, it would bring down the huge weeping sore to a little bump that still weeps but it would not completely eradicate the bump and leave a little bit of residual virus behind which continues to multiply each night as I go to sleep, making each morning terrifying as you'd expect the sore to improve but it ends up being worse and it weeps while tingling and if untreated, it will return to the big open sore stage.

Having read your article I realised that I needed to stock up on garlic as the food over here is NEVER cooked with it. At first I was a little sceptical because I thought it'd be harmful to put something so strong in an open wound, then I applied it on the weeping bump and got worried as it stung so hard and the area around it became red and swollen but I kept going because it said that the pain means the garlic is killing the virus. So after 10 minutes or so I rinsed it off and dabbed the sore dry. The tingling disappeared but the sore still wept continuously while I kept dabbing it with a tissue. After 15 minutes of patting or so it stopped and I looked in the mirror to discovered that the bump became flat and the texture blended in with the skin surrounding it. I am guessing the tingling stopped because the virus stopped infecting my cells and that the weeping was to get rid of the "dead" virus. I will try this a few more times and will keep you updated with the result overnight which is the most important result for me :P.

So thanks a ton for the info and I hope that one day a cure will be discovered and herpes will become a thing of the past.


Paige 4 years ago

I have a really nasty cold sore that seems to have already scabbed up that I've been trying to get rid of for days! I don't seem to have any garlic juice but I do have garlic powder, would that work also?


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

No! I do not believe garlic powder would work. If you have honey, at this stage honey would help it heal. Honey helps the healing of the sores once the virus is stopped. If you do not have honey -- rinse and pat dry. This will keep it clean. I believe that raw garlic is the best choice if the scabs are still active. Remember crush and pat do not rub.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thank you so much for your comments. Please do let me know how it worked. I am confident from what you said that it will on the mend.


Paige 4 years ago

If I do use honey how long will that probably take to heal?


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

It wamage will take several days. the damage is severe.


P.K. 4 years ago

Wow! I get a cold sore once a year, every year... A few days before my birthday without fail.. I felt a tingling coming on wednesday but was at work, so had to wait until 8 at night to begin treatment. I grabbed my new found rescue remedy, Tea Tree Oil, but it didn't seem to do any good as far as the blister liquid was concerned. Saw this blog thursday morning and tried a clove right away (I did it 3 times yesterday, applying tea tree oil or whiskey after rinsing). The stinging, I'll admit, hurt and doesn't stop until you rinse and put an astringent on the sore, BUT I can definitely say that this is the fastest Ive ever gotten rid of a cold sore!!! Thank you so much!! By tomorrow night, my lip will be blemish free and by Sunday for my party, I'll FINALLY be able to take birthday pictures for the first time since I was 12. Thank you!!!!


Ahsan 4 years ago

I recently had a cold sore outburst and I tried using abrevia, however because this was a large cold sore Abrevia was not providing any relief. That is when I stumbled on to your website in deep despair, your recommended remedy of garlic was an instant success. I ised a combination if salt and garlic paste and it was instantly effective. This post is just to thank you for your great contribution to the war against cold sore, thanks!


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thank you PK and Ahsan for sharing your variation of the treatment. I am so happy it worked for you. Adding salt sounds like a good idea. Others have said they used salt. If I get another cold sore I will try it. Garlic paste would keep people from rubbing instead of patting. We can all learn by sharing to make this a really effective treatment


miserable 4 years ago

ive tried everythign possible now. its been more than a week and my cold sore is still a big yellow scab which is not completely dry. ive put Acyclovir the first few days, then toothpaste + salt, then nail polish remover and now garlic+honey. it doesn't look like its getting any better. this morning the scab looked like it could heal but maybe im washing it too often now, cos ive been putting garlic+honey every hour with the rinse after each application.

Please help. Ive already taken two days off from work. i cant afford to stay in anymore :(


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Miserable, thank you for sharing. You put a lot of nasty stuff on your sore. I would try just the honey for the rest of the day and then the garlic before you go to bed with honey once again. Honey heals and is an astringent. The honey won't do any more harm. If the tingle is gone and it feels dead just keep using honey to speed up the healing process. Honey won't hurt you.


rodserling 4 years ago

Does it matter what type of honey I use?


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Raw cold pressed honey is best, but any honey will do just fine.


Natalie 4 years ago

I used garlic right on the sore last night and this morning and the smaller ones have totally gone and it looks like the larger one is on it's way out. Thank you! I have had no luck with Lysine, but I have also been reading about Oil of Oregano and Olive Leaf extract, both of which I'm taking internally 4 times a day and plan to do so only 2 times a day once the outbreak subsides. I have read numerous cases of people using these two for a month (as well as rubbing the Oil of Oregano on the spine) and never having another outbreak again. Just thought I'd pass on the info to others who could use it.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thanks Natalie I am glad the garlic is working for you. Thank you for sharing your tips for other treatments.


Billet 4 years ago

I got a cold sore at 9:30 AM two days ago, applied garlic at 7 that night, woke up the next morning ... GONE.

(I used way too much though. The skin around it got all dried up and irritated. Definitely overkill.. I got way too overzealous in hopes of banishing that little sucker. But it's gone!)

What a fantastic natural remedy. Thanks!


Jézé 4 years ago

I haven't had a sore in years, I take Lysine daily, about 3,000 mg. Well I missed 3 days worth of doses because I ran out and was too busy to run and buy some. Yesterday I felt the tingle and saw the bump. I immediately ran to the store and bought Lysine, garlic and honey. The garlic burned badly but I worked through it. This morning I woke up with the bump 3 times bigger and in severe pain. I used the garlic again and it stung so bad. The honey helps. So far I've used the garlic 3 times today, the burning and the swelling is not subsiding. How much longer do I use the garlic?


Serenity26 4 years ago

I have only had one cold sore in my life and woke up yesterday feeling the tingle but i wasn't sure what it was as i am not too familiar. This morning I woke up and the blisters were huge and painful! So I just went to the store and bought every kind of Abreva (spent a lot of money) and got home and stumbled upon your page. I have applied three cloves of garlic and the swelling has already gone down. the blisters have already shrunk in size and the pain is minimal. Needless to say I will be returning the unopened packages of Abreva! thank you so much Daughterson for posting this! you are truly a life saver! I am going to continue the treatment and hopefully it will continue to work! God bless you!


Seattle Girl 4 years ago

Just tried the garlic thing...instant relief!


Seattle Girl 4 years ago

One thing I wanted to mention, I have been trying everything to rid myself of chronic nose polyps, raw sores in my nostrils and growing, yes growing of my nose (cellulitus) or ethmoid sinus and sphenois sinus tumors...partly diet, mostly environment. I live next to a wetland, oversaturation of mositure, mold and possibly sewer seepage into concrete slab. Unless I eleminate the source, it's just easing the symptoms. I have been using peroxide, sodium chlorite, citric acid. My nose is raw. I think the sticking of garlic cloves up my nose, is healing it. I feel so much better. I also tried Manuka ? Honey several years ago. Put it in my nose. Now that my nose is normalzing, need to get working on the moisture issue.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Seattle Girl thank you for sharing. I am so glad that the garlic worked in this case. I hope you can find a solution for the cause of your problem, but in the meantime I think it is great that you are getting some relief.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Great! That is wonderful.


lucky 4 years ago

I saw your page and decided to try this remedy since I didn't want to spend crazy amounts of money. Anyway, the cold sore (which is huge) is starting to dry up. Much faster than if left untreated. There is a lot of swelling though. How long should I expect the swelling to be there and how can I bring down the swelling?


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I think the swelling is due to the body trying to heal itself. Maybe some ice would help. But the cold sore does a lot of damage to the cells. Honey also helps the healing process.


lucky 4 years ago

Thank you so much daughterson for replying so quickly. Is there such a thing as putting to much garlic on the sore? In my desperation to get rid of this nasty sore, I may have applied garlic like 4 or 5 times yesterday. Now my dad says that I may have used much. Could that also contribute to the swelling?


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I don't think you can overdose on garlic. If it was a big sore you just need to remember that the body has a lot of work to do to get rid of it. Be patient use honey, the healing will come.


oreo 4 years ago

I can't tell if this is working for me.. I got a cold sore between my lip and nose on Fri morning, applied garlic 3 times that day and it looked like it was starting to scab over, it is now Sunday and it is bright red and there is a ring around it that looks inflamed.. is this the cold sore getting bigger or just inflammation? I've been taking lysine pills, using honey, and even crushed up lysine into a paste to put on the sore and I just can't tell if it's dead or getting better... all I know is I look terrible and I had to miss my nephews baptism today because of it :( I want this to go away more than anything


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I am not a doctor but my guesss is you are over doing it. Once the garlic kills the virus the honey helps heal it. The cold sore makes a mess of your face and it takes time. Just use the honey. It sounds like it is irritated. Honey will do no harm. After three days you should see some relief. Just use honey and rinse and pat dry. Let your body do the rest. If you feel the tingle you might want to do the garlic again. But first give it a chance to heal.


briyanna 4 years ago

HI im twelve i just started this today i have a cold sore under my nose and i unfortunatley had to find out in school when my best friend pointed it out i bought some nexcare yesterday but it still hasent worked all it does it makes it numb so hopefully your remedy works!!!


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

briyanna thank you for your comments. When you get a cold sore it damages your skin badly. You can tell it is dead if there is no more tingly feeling. But if it is a big sore it will take time to heal. I hope the garlic kills it for you so it can begin the healing process. Keep it clean. Remember pat -- do not rub. Let me know what happened.


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daughterson 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

briyanna thank you for your comments. When you get a cold sore it damages your skin badly. You can tell it is dead if there is no more tingly feeling. But if it is a big sore it will take time to heal. I hope the garlic kills it for you so it can begin the healing process. Keep it clean. Remember pat -- do not rub. Let me know what happened.


Overwhelmed 3 years ago

Wow... Just read through this thread and can't believe how often you have to repeat yourself daughterson. READ the posts people... give this poor person a break that they don't have to keep answering the same questions over and over again.


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

LOL! Thank you Overwhelmed. If I can help someone I will continue to answer the questions.


Steve 3 years ago

Thank you so much for posting this remedy Daughterson...

Instant relief but my god it stings!! worth the pain though to get rid of those nasty cold sores, swelling went down instantly and its almost unnoticeable


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Steve I am so happy it worked for you -- I agree it does sting like hell!


lu 3 years ago

how long are you supposed to leave the garlic on for


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Leave the garlic 30 seconds to a minute after you dab the cold sore with the garlic and then rinse. If it still tingles you can do it again with a fresh piece of garlic and wait 30 seconds up to a minute then rinse. The garlic works pretty fast.

I hope you found relief.


calmyourtits 3 years ago

I just tried this combo, it definitely stung, but now the area is definitely more swollen and hard feeling. good or bad?


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I hope you are showing improvement today I don't know why it should be more swollen. I do know that the virus does a lot of damage and takes a while to heal.


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I hope you are showing improvement today I don't know why it should be more swollen. I do know that the virus does a lot of damage and takes a while to heal.


calmyourtits 3 years ago

Day 2: the actual cold sore doesn't look so bad. It's now yellowish, but the area is very red and swollen all around the cold sore. Look's like I got punched. I'll try some ice and continue with garlic & honey throughout the day. :(


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Please let me know what happens, I wish you good luck.


clamyourtits 3 years ago

Day 3: Looking much better. The are around the cold sore is a bit red but swelling has gone down and it looks like we're on our way to healing. I should add, it is possible to overdo with the garlic. I think I held the garlic on the cold sore a bit too long and got a "garlic burn" - which is pretty much a 2nd degree burn. So on top of having a cold sore you get a burn which is extra destructive to the surround tissue. I do think the garlic helped to kill the virus but it needs to be used with extra care. I know I tend to overdo all the treatments since I want it gone quickly and maybe theres a lot of people out that do the same thing - perhaps you should add a warning to your post to make sure people don't overuse the garlic or leave it on too long.


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thank you so much clamyourtits for your follow up. I will add a warning. I agree with you and I am glad you gave me this information because a number of people have complained about this.


KAdija 3 years ago

this is amazing thanks a bunch for posting , first day i had 3 huge cold sores on my mouth the next day they were gone . ur much apreciated.


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thank yor KAdija. I am so glad it worked for you.


Knightrider83 3 years ago

I'm trying the Garlic as we speak and it burns like hell I've done it two separate times because it spreaded...so I assume its working well if its burning for a brief moment...my question to u is if I don't have any honey on hand now can I use CARMEX to help the healing


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Knighrider 83, I don't know what carmex is. Just keep rinsing and pat dry. As for carmex if it is a healing product I suppose it will help. Just keep it clean. The beauty of honey is that it is an astringt that helps pull the puss and dead skin out. Since I don't know what carmex is I will have to leave that up to you. I looked it up on the internet and it looks like it would be helpful -- but I really can't say from experience or knowledge.


Bashar 3 years ago

For the longest time, I had about two outbreaks a year. Then for a 5 year period, I didn't have a single one. Last year I had a 2 outbreaks and this year I've already had 3 outbreaks this year. I noticed the last outbreak on Sunday morning and it was in 3 spots on the upper lip.

I read this site and decided to try a little experiment after reading this site. I work at a dental office and we have a laser that works like a charm on cold sores. I went to the office on a Sunday and zapped two of the smaller spots and left the bigger middle spot to test the garlic and honey combination.

The zapped spots were treated instantly and only left a little mark. I used honey on it and the skin healed within a day.

For the remaining spot, I used garlic and honey 3 times a day and within 3 days the large sore was completely gone.


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thank you so much Bashar for your information. Most people do not have access to your equipment. I really appreciate you doing this experiment, and thank you for sharing.


Sam 3 years ago

Hi

Huge grouping of cold sores on my upper and lower lips. They are crusty and oozey and I am wondering if I am too late to try the garlic . I have been using Zorivax along with Oil of Oregano and coating with honey.

I also started taking L-Lysine 3 x a day for the past 2 days.

I have never had a coldssore this size. I usually catch the tingle before it gets away on me but I was in Florida on vacation, caught my daughter's cold and I was a little under the weather.

What do you think?


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I think the garlic can help but if you try don'y I couldn't answer sooner as by now you made a decision of what to do. If you tried the garlic you would have nothiced the tingle will stop. I don't see any harm in trying. Let me know what happened.


Whitney 3 years ago

This is hands down the best cold sore remedy I have EVER used! I woke up with an extremely large sore right in the middle of my lower lip. I will admit that I used the garlic 4 times today, but it is already a great deal smaller, and much less painful. The smell of the garlic is definitely a con, but people can deal! haha :) thanks for the wonderful remedy!


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

You are very welcome Whitney!


Shawn 3 years ago

Oh my God it really works! My cold sore is half the size it was only six hours ago. Unbelievable. I went through a whole tube of Abreva in a week and it was still sore and bleeding. Two treatments of garlic and honey and walah. Thank you!!


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Hi Shawn I am really really happy it worked for you. Raw honey is even better than regular honey.


Andrew 3 years ago

I personally prefer using salt, sea salt to be exact. I understand that Garlic may work, however people with sensitive skin can have nasty reactions.

What salt does, is it dries up the sores. Usually you use salt when the sore has erupted and is pussing, and pulsating like mad. Put some salt on it, it will sting like mad but it will dry up the soar. Within a day the sore is a dry bump, and shrinks fast.

This works because the salt will draw out any moisture, all of the blood/plasma/viral fluid get sucked out of the sore. What you are left with is a crusty yellowy brine on top of your wound. After a few hours, knock this crust off and put more salt on. In a day the sore will be near death!


stressed! 3 years ago

Hi, I'm using compeed cold sore patches and garlic. It's at the pimple stage. I've put fresh garlic on it, cleaned it and applied a compeed patch.. fingers crossed it works!


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I hope so too stressed!


depressed123 3 years ago

omg!!! I can't bleev that something so simple could be so effective. I've suffered from cold sores for years and they always hang around for 7-10 days no matter what i try. I woke up with one below my nose on Saturday morning and read about this garlic thing so i used the garlic then the honey and then used abreva and zovirax cremes to rub the cold sore 5 times a day. Its now Monday afternoon and apart from a little redness the cold sore is basically gone. I absolutely cannot believe that this was so effective. Thank you guys so much for these posts. Cold sores are so embarrassing..I am eternally grateful! Should change my sign in name because m so not depressed anymore :)


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I am so happy. Thank you.


depressed123 3 years ago

Just a quick question..I noticed there is not a big difference between the appearance of the cold sore this morning as opposed to yesterday..still a little red. Its at that kinda dry phase now, should I still be using the garlic? or will this just irritate it now that its dry?


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thank you for your comment depressed123. If there is no tingle and it is getting better just keep it clean and use honey -- if you have honey. Honey will help it heal faster becasuse it is an astringent and kills bacteria, and it has vitamins and minerals that help it heal.


depressed123 3 years ago

Well, turns out that it was another small cold sore coming up right beside the one that I had been working so hard to get rid off. This has never happened to me before. Any idea why this happened? and how can I stop it from happening again in the future?


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Abreva does not kill the virus it blocks it, maybe the garlic with the abreva was not a good idea -- just use the garlic and honey and see if it goes away or just use the abreva.


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Abreva does not kill the virus it blocks it, maybe the garlic with the abreva was not a good idea -- just use the garlic and honey and see if it goes away or just use the abreva.


depressed123 3 years ago

After reading through some of the earlier posts I have to side with Sweetmeat. I don't think i'll be using the garlic again, it got rid of the first cold sore in no time...but then I got a second one and now the area beside my nose is starting to itch all in the space of 7 days. I've never had this happen to me before, usually just get one cold sore that stays for 7-10 days and that it for about a year. This is crazy


depressed123 3 years ago

I have to agree with Sweetmeat, not trying this garlic thing again. In 7 days i've gotten 2 cold sores and that has never happened to me before. In addition to that, another place an my face has started to itch. The garlic got rid of the first cold sore pretty quickly but I have another one since wednesday night...not good!


zakscholar 3 years ago

To the people who are seeing more and more cold sores, I have an idea of what it might be. Cold sores are usually kept in check by your immune system. When your immune system is down, cold sores rise. If you kill one cold sore but don't get your immune system back up, it leaves the door open to other cold sores. So it makes sense that you're getting more cold sores during this treatment, and as someone else mentioned - it might be bringing out the virus more. See this as an opportunity to kill the virus off in other areas. That's the theory I'm running with at the moment, I just killed one off under my nose and now have one coming up on my lip. Will let you know how I go so you can hopefully gain something from the experience too and not worry so much when you get several after using garlic!


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thank you so much zakscholar. I agree.


Mike 3 years ago

I've used garlic as an antiseptic on an infected cut...overnight the redness had gone....unfortunately it was replaced by a blister that was caused by garlic being placed on the cut overnight, so BE CAREFUL! it is a fantastic antiseptic but can cause more problems....if you use it on an infected would place it on gauze then use it and remember to take it off sooner rather than later.... I am just about to use it on a cold sore I have had for a few days due to my working out in the sun.....update to come


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

You are so right Mike -- garlic should not be left on long. It does its work right away.


zakscholar 3 years ago

Just leaving a note here to say that the big cold sore that came up on my lip has now healed. I'll report back when I next get a cold sore and where it is located. The cold sore virus needs to be killed off in each area it's hiding in, so while I might not get any on my lip any time soon from the garlic treatment (or I might, who knows at this point), it's likely that I'll get one somewhere else!


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thank you for your report. I hope you don't get any more sores but if you do I will appreciate your comments.


zakscholar 3 years ago

Ok got one, maybe two. The last one 4 weeks ago was just to the right of the center of my upper lip. Now I have one slightly to the left of center. So in theory this could be a different area the virus is coming from. The worrying thing is I have something on the left inside of my nose that appeared to be a coldsore that never came up due to the garlic treatment, and it sort of healed, but now it's returned as a small few bumps that appear like a coldsore. So if that's the case the treatment definitely isn't working for me and the fact I've had a fair few lately seems to suggest I probably shouldn't be doing this, especially if the garlic is just somehow bringing the virus out more and not killing it. Hope it works for others but I'm going to stick to L-Lysine and just deal with the once every 6 months coldsores rather than a few each month since garlic treatment. Thanks anyway!


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Since I am not a doctor I have no answers for you. I just wanted to share what worked for me. Thank you for you for your comments zakscholar.


zakscholar 3 years ago

Interestingly the garlic wasn't killing it off, the cold sore was still coming up and blistering. But tonight I've been using a eucalyptus spray on my finger, then dabbing it on the cold sore and I can barely see the cold sore anymore. I'll report back in a few days to let you know how that goes - might be an alternative for the people who aren't seeing results with garlic.


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jo miller 3 years ago from Tennessee

Very interesting and I may try this. I have had cold sores for many years. However, years ago a friend recommend L-Lysine, a form of B vitamin. I don't have a clue why or how, but this has always worked for me. Nothing did before that. I still get the beginnings of a sore occasionally, but if a take an L-Lysine tablet, it is gone in a matter of hours. I always keep L-Lysine on hand.


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thank you jo miller for your comments. I had never heard of L-Lysine before I wrote this article. I used garlic in desperation and it worked and I didn't get another one for five years or so. I am no expert but I believe the garlic kills the virsus. All I know is it worked for me and many others. Some people say it didn't work for them. I am happy to help those who found relief with the garlic and honey. It sounds like L-Lysine works for you. Garlic works best when the blister has appeared.


Tom 3 years ago

Well that didn't work.


LoriC 3 years ago

L-Lysine is an excellent preventative, as is monitoring your Arginine intake (an excess of that can cause & worsen cold sores). Elephant Garlic is NOT a true Garlic, but is in the Allium family (as in Onion) and doesn't have the same healing properties as true Garlic does. I am trying this Garlic remedy, will post how it goes.


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thank you for your information. It is hard to find regular garlic these days. I think you are quite right. I used regular garlic. I never thought about elephant garlic being different -- I should have.


LoriC 3 years ago

Your welcome, will help someone I am sure :) I don't get cold sores very often, but did after a stressful week and little sleep. It was the most serious outbreak I have had. I used the Garlic and RAW Honey treatments with excellent results. It has just been two days and they are almost gone, with just the last remnants of cold sores healing. Also, they stopped spreading when I pressed the Garlic against them. Yes it stung, but that didn't bother me as I wanted them GONE. In addition to Garlic being effective for healing cold sores, it is excellent for gum infections, tooth abcesses, and is an immune system booster eaten raw. Mosquitoes aren't attracted to Garlic eaters :)


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thank you so much for reporting how you used the garlic and your success. I really do appreciate the information you shared.


ECZG 3 years ago

I had my second cold sore of the week (and of my life) pop up at work today. I was able to duck out early and start treatment. I had heard about garlic use and after reading this post I felt I had to give it a try. I did 3 applications about an hour ago and I am already seeing the results. Catching it early was probably helpful too. Thanks so much for all of your info and I will keep you posted on how things progress. THANK YOU!!!


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

You are welcome ECZG! I am so glad it worked for you.


Michael 3 years ago

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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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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.


GeorgyH 3 years ago

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!


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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.


whvelez 3 years ago

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 !


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daughterson 3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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


Matt 2 years ago

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.


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

good luck!


shawdaddie 2 years ago

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?


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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.


Kay 2 years ago

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.


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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


Hopeful 2 years ago

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 :)


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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


Kay 2 years ago

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!


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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.


Ginger 2 years ago

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!


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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.


Enzo 2 years ago

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!


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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.


anotherhappycustomer 2 years ago

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.


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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


Lopo 2 years ago

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!


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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.


sam 2 years ago

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.


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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 2 years ago

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.


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thank you for your update sam.


Agnes 2 years ago

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!


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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.


honimarieparentoftwo 2 years ago

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


honimariemotheroftwo 2 years ago

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 me..now 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..


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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.


L'anonymous 2 years ago

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. :)


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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


mommyoftwo 2 years ago

Can I leave honey on it over night?


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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


Gail 2 years ago

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 ... http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/natural-cold-sore...


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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


mona 2 years ago

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


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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 2 years ago

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


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Mona, honey is always good. Keep it clean.


Lulu 2 years ago

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.


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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.


crystal 2 years ago

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.


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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.


celinass 2 years ago

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!


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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


Andrea 2 years ago

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!


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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


Dannyk1982 2 years ago

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.


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thank you Dannyk1982. Your comments are very useful.


Nayyy 2 years ago

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?


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I have never used petroleum jelly.


Nayyy 2 years ago

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!


Nayy 2 years ago

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!!


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

I am so happy for you !! Thank you.


Trev 2 years ago

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


Nora 2 years ago

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 2 years ago

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


Trev 2 years ago

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.


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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.


Nikiki 2 years ago

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!


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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


Trev 2 years ago

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 :)


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daughterson 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Galic alone will certainly do the trick.


Peta 2 years ago

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.


Depressed123 14 months ago

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


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daughterson 14 months ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Good Luck! Let me know how it goes.


Depressed123 14 months ago

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.


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daughterson 14 months ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Great to hear that Depressed123


Depressed123 14 months ago

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.


Kay 12 months ago

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.


melobeanz 10 months ago

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


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daughterson 10 months ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

Thank God for garlic!!!!


Michael 5 months ago

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?


Peace 5 months ago

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.


justMe 4 months ago

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?


MissLaura1987 6 weeks ago

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!!


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daughterson 6 weeks ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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.


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daughterson 6 weeks ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

MissLaura1987

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


Depressed123 2 days ago

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.


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daughterson 46 hours ago from Columbus, Ohio Author

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