Olive Leaf Extract Cured Me of Cold Sores...
(Wales, United Kingdom)
I had been suffering with regular bouts of cold sores on my lips for over 25 years. I caught my first one from a boyfriend and that was it - I had the virus.
To begin with they just seemed to break-out with changes in the weather or seasons. Rain, sunshine and wind were the main culprits. By my late 40's I was getting one every month or so.
I was living in South Africa at the time and someone recommended the aloe vera leaf. It was in my garden, so I gave it a try and it did help to get rid of the cold sores once they started. I found that the sooner I caught them, the quicker the aloe vera juice worked. But it didn't stop me from getting the next one. It was almost as if I could feel a cold sore under the skin permanently, just waiting to burst out. My lips always felt extremely dry, even with regular moisturizing.
By chance, a year or so ago, I was researching 'natural' remedies for rosacea on this website. Olive leaf extract was the recommendation and I tried to find the strongest brand available here in the UK. After further research, I decided to try the Seventh Wave brand of olive leaf extract and took up to six capsules a day for around two weeks.
One night I felt the familiar 'pop' on my lip and I thought, "here comes another one". It never came, and within a few days that 'permanent' feeling I'd had disappeared. The cold sore never eventuated, and I have never had one since then. I still keep my lips regularly protected with Vaseline, but not as much as I used to, and I don't use anything else.
Sadly, I was unable to get anymore OLE from Seventh Wave for quite a while so I never really got the opportunity to properly work on my rosacea and gave up. I need to try again with another intense course - it will take longer I think though. I will definitely try this website's recommended brand if I can get it over here.