Do It Your self Herbal Medicine

PART 3. THE REMEDIES

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COMMON AILMENTS

CANKER SORE/COLD SORE

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Cold sores and canker sores have some things in common, but it’s important to keep in mind that cold sores are caused by the herpes virus while canker sores are usually caused by friction or irritation. If you feel an itching or tingling sensation before a sore develops, it is likely that you are dealing with a cold sore rather than a canker sore. These natural treatments can be used alone or alongside over-the-counter remedies.

Lemon Balm–Licorice Infusion

YIELD: 1 CUP
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 10 MINUTES

Lemon balm and licorice are effective agents against the virus that causes cold sores. If fresh lemon balm is not available, use freeze-dried lemon balm instead.

1 tablespoon fresh lemon balm, chopped

1 teaspoon dried licorice root, chopped

1¼ cups water

1.In a small saucepan, add the lemon balm and the licorice to the water. Bring to a boil.

2.Reduce the heat and simmer the herbs for 10 minutes.

3.Strain into a mug, using the back of a spoon to press the liquid from the herbs before discarding them.

4.Drink hot or iced.

5.Enjoy this infusion 3 to 4 times daily as soon as you notice the tingling that precedes a cold sore.

Licorice Mouth Rinse

YIELD: 1 CUP
STORAGE: GLASS BOTTLE
TIME: 10 MINUTES

Licorice root helps canker sores heal faster. If you are using another remedy alongside this one, apply it after rinsing.

1 cup warm water

½ teaspoon powdered licorice root

1.In a measuring cup, add the warm water and powdered licorice root, and whisk to blend thoroughly.

2.With a funnel, transfer the mouth rinse to a glass bottle.

3.Use 1 tablespoon per treatment. Hold the solution in your mouth and swish gently for 2 to 3 minutes before spitting out.

4.Repeat each morning and evening until your canker sore has healed.