I hate cold sores! Stress and just...life, can bring them on at any time - annoying, they are. Today, I felt a cold sore coming up on my lower lip.
Generally, I take L-lysine tablets as soon as I feel the familiar tingle of the blister coming on. It will usually lessen the duration of the sore and keep it somewhat in check.
I got out my bottle of tablets today, after I had actually let it go past the stage of tingle to full-on blister (dumb, I know), and found I only had two L-lysine left - not nearly enough to do any good if taken internally.
Not to be deterred, and more importantly - not wanting to go to the store, I had a brainstorm: Make my own lip balm. I used only three ingredients (next time, I think I will be less rushed (read; desperate), and I will add beeswax to the mix):
1/4 oz Extra VirginCoconut Oil
2-3 drops Aura Cacia Medieval Essential Oil (same oils in the, much more expensive, Thieves Oil everyone raves about)
1/2 a 500 mg L-lysine tablet, crushed
I have slathered it on a few times in the past couple of hours and the sore is noticeably smaller and less painful. In fact, it's almost completely gone.
I'm not a maths person, so I have little idea exactly how much I spent, but it wasn't anywhere close to $5.