Mama Gone Green is a blog dedicated to raising happy children and reducing our impact on the Earth. My name is Taryn and I am the mother of 2 young kids and an environmental studies instructor at a community college in Portland, Oregon. Please join me as I journey through life as a mama, teacher, knitter, photographer, gardener, and environmentalist!
Monday, April 15, 2013
Coconut Oil: A New Best Friend for Those Who Get Fever Blisters
Do you get fever blisters? I have been cursed with them since I was young, but in the last decade of my life they seem to pop up whenever I am really stressed or travel to a dry climate. If you have ever had one, you know that they are not fun. They hurt and are painfully hideous to look at. I honestly hate leaving my house when one pops up because I feel like everyone is just staring at my lip.
In the past, when I would get a fever blister, I would get abreva, a common over the counter treatment. It maybe helped it go away quicker, but it would still last for days. Plus, I was sloshing chemicals onto my lip. Yuck.
Then, when I was pregnant with Phoebe, I got one and couldn't use the abreva. So, I had to research natural ways to treat fever blisters. And there are lots of ideas out there!
I have tried them all, or at least a lot of them, and the one that really seems to work for me is coconut oil. The lysine in the coconuts helps to naturally combat the virus that causes the breakout. Over the past year, I have applied coconut oil to my lips religiously whenever I start to feel a painful or tingling area, or if my lips ever get super dry... and, I haven't had a fever blister in about that long. Maybe I am lucky, but life has been pretty stressful lately, so I think the coconut oil is actually working to prevent outbreaks from happening. (Now that I write this I will probably wake up in the morning with a huge fever blister.....).
I actually bring a tin of coconut oil with me whenever we travel, which can actually be pretty messy as coconut oil liquifies at room temps. So, for example, coconut oil in my house is is currently solid, but when I brought some to Mexico, it was super runny and made a big mess. But, I did not return home with a fever blister as a souvenir, so the mess was totally worth it.
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