In this article, I’m going to teach you how to use apple cider vinegar for cold sores. Apple cider vinegar is well-known for having a superabundance of health benefits, but does it really work for cold sores?
I just finished my research on this topic…
And what I found out was very interesting.
So…without further ado, let’s explore the benefits of using apple cider vinegar for cold sores…
Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are groups of small blisters that form on or near the lips. Cold sores are a result of something called herpes simplex virus (HSV).
There are two types of HSV, and both can cause cold sores. HSV-1 typically is responsible for cold sores, and HSV-2 is most often the cause of genital herpes.
However, both types of HSV can cause cold sores or genital herpes.
After primary infection, the virus resides in the associated dorsal root ganglion where it lies dormant until an external stimuli (such as stress or immunosuppression) initiate reactivation of the virus from dormancy.
The virus lives on forever, and that’s why people continue to get cold sores over and over again.
Apple Cider Vinegar For Cold Sores – Overview
Apple cider vinegar, also referred to as cider vinegar or ACV, is a type of vinegar that is created from cider or apple must.
Organic apple cider vinegar contains something called mother of vinegar (Mycoderma aceti), which is a substance that develops on fermenting alcoholic liquids – and is added to wine, cider, and other alcoholic liquids to produce vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar is commonly used in:
- Food preservatives
- Salad dressings
Apple cider vinegar is also a popular remedy in alternative medicine. Many people in this field promote the use of apple cider vinegar as a natural treatment method for certain health issues.
Here are some benefits of apple cider vinegar:
- Improves digestion
- Increases nutrient absorption
- Aids in weight-loss
- Helps diabetes by lowering blood sugar
- Detoxifies the body
- Lowers cholesterol
- Increases natural energy
- Alkalizes the body
Note: There are even more wonderful health benefits of apple cider vinegar. However, I won’t go into any more detail on this, because the purpose of this article is to provide you with information on using apple cider vinegar for cold sores.
Apple Cider Vinegar For Cold Sores – Does it Really Work?
At the time I am writing these words, there have been no studies on the use of apple cider vinegar for cold sores. There is only anecdotal evidence about the benefits of apple cider vinegar for cold sores.
Yet despite the lack of research studies, science informs us there are indeed some benefits.
Here is the science behind it..
Since apple cider vinegar is antibacterial, this will help prevent infection of cold sores when applied topically.
Furthermore, apple cider vinegar can balance the pH levels of the skin, which helps the cold sore to dry out.
This shrinks the cold sore and helps it heal faster.
Honestly, in my opinion there are many topical cold sore remedies that work better than apple cider vinegar.
However, I believe that drinking apple cider vinegar is a great way to help prevent cold sore outbreaks.
After all, it has antioxidants, it restores pH balance and alkalizes the body, it increases nutrient absorption, and it has many other benefits that help the body maintain peak health and vitality, thus decreasing the risk of getting cold sores.
Note: Since the herpes simplex virus has a greater chance of coming out of dormancy and becoming “active” when the body’s immune system is compromised, it’s very important to focus on nutrition and other healthy lifestyle habits to prevent this from happening.
How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Cold Sores
If you’re interested in using apple cider vinegar for cold sores, simply follow the directions below.
How to use apple cider vinegar for cold sores:
- Dip a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, and apply it directly to the cold sore 3 times a day.
- Drink 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar 3 times a day to help prevent cold sores. Mix it with 8 ounces of water if you do not like the taste.
Note: My favorite brand is Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (contains mother of vinegar).
Apple Cider Vinegar For Cold Sores – Conclusion
While there are no studies confirming the benefits of using apple cider vinegar for the treatment of cold sores, science tells us that it could be useful.
Apple cider vinegar has many healthy benefits, and regular consumption may lead to significant and noticeable results.
I remember drinking Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar three times a day several years ago, and I felt more alkalized, more energized, and all-around just healthier.
The key to cold sores is to prevent them from forming in the first place.
Thus, I encourage you to check out my Ultimate Guide to Preventing Cold Sores.
It’s free and has absolutely everything you need to know.
If you have any comments or questions on the use of apple cider vinegar for cold sores, please post them in the comment box below.